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    Bully Sticks safe to eat?

    I have a 4-pound, 8-month old "morkie" (maltese/yorkie mix) who loves to chew through stuff. I was looking for chews to buy her since I don't trust rawhide, and the best I could find is something called "bully sticks". These seemed to be really expensive, but I found a site that sells them for a good price - BestBullySticks.com. It seems to be a legit site.

    I was wondering if these bully sticks would work for her? They seem healthy, and a good chew for the dog who likes to eat the things she chews on.

    Anyone ever get these "bully sticks" before? How are they?

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    Re: Bully Sticks safe to eat?

    My dogs get bully sticks every once in a while, since they are a bit pricey. They seem to last longer than other chews but some of them smell really bad when they are chewed. But there are websites you can order odorless bully sticks.

    I get mine at Costco, one dozen 12" sticks for $20. That's the cheapest I've found them. I ordered online once. They had a special on "ends" and indicated that they were between 1" - 5". Most of the pieces in the bag were so small that we gave them to the pet rats to chew on.
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    Re: Bully Sticks safe to eat?

    We use bully sticks all the time here and have never had a problem. We've ordered from that site a couple of times and have always been satisfied.

    If you're looking for a chew that's a little less tough than a bully stick, you could try their dried beef tendons. I haven't tried it yet but I probably will next time I order.
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    Re: Bully Sticks safe to eat?

    Bully sticks are pretty much the only thing that allows me to cook in peace. Without them, I get the Puppy Stare of Guilt.

    They're completely digestible, so you don't have to worry about perforations or blockages in the intestines, but they can still be a choking hazard as dogs tend to swallow the entire thing when they get to the end. I typically take it away before it gets that far. Regardless, it is safer, but nothing is completely safe; they're safe to eat, but not unsupervised.

    One thing my vet told me to watch for is the country of origin. Depending on the country of origin, chemical additives may be used which can cause an adverse reaction. Check the label for where the beef is supplied from - a lot of labels will say they are manufactured in the USA, but with imported beef containing unknown additives. Stick with Canadian or US suppliers; Merrick is a trustworthy brand, but a bit more expensive than others.

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