Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Everything You Need to Know About Bully Sticks

Dogs love Mickey's line of bully stick chews
Bully Sticks: The Surprising Treat Your Dog Will Love

Dogs of all breeds and sizes have a natural desire to chew. Toys, rawhide bones, and treats are all fair game (not to mention a shoe or two)--but what happens when your pup gets tired of the standard fare? One surprising treat you may not heard of lasts longer, tastes better, and satisfies a dog's urge to chew far more than other common products; it is called a bully stick.

What are Bully Sticks? 
A bully stick, sometimes called a pizzle stick, is simply a bull's penis. It is made from a bull that has been through a natural drying process which turns the bull’s organ into an irresistible and healthy chew snack. Bully sticks are naturally high in protein, and due to their fibrous tissue, they last much longer than traditional chews.

How are Bully Sticks made?
The first step in the preparation process is vertically hanging the bully stick to ensure all fluids are removed to prevent odor. Bully sticks from Mickey’s Pet Supplies are virtually odor-free due to strict manufacturing processes. Unlike other retailers, we never add harsh chemicals to mask odor. Once the bully sticks are removed of excess liquids, the next step in the process is to stretch and shape the bully stick so it can be baked in an oven to assure that it is bacteria free. Once the bully sticks are hardened, they are cut into smaller pieces appropriate for dogs of all sizes. Because bully sticks are 100% natural, the shape, thickness and color of each bully stick will vary slightly.

Are Bully Sticks safe?
Mickey’s Pet Supplies is unique among other retailers in that we source our bully sticks from grass-fed cows that are free of artificial hormones, antibiotics and steroids. Because there is only one ingredient in our free-range bully sticks, they are 100% natural and completely safe for your dog to enjoy. Even though these high-protein dog chews are fully digestible, we recommend you supervise your dog at all times when giving food and chews.

What are the Benefits of Bully sticks?
Chewing helps dogs relieve stress, strengthen jaw muscles and clean teeth of plaque and tartar buildup that can cause serious health problems if left untreated. Bully sticks contain more nutrients and protein than typical dog biscuits, and are often more easy to digest. Bully sticks also last longer than most dog chews from other animal products, such as pig ears. A small breed dog can enjoy bully sticks for weeks on end, while larger, aggressive chewers may enjoy the bully stick for several hours or a few days.

Where can I find Bully sticks?
Micket's Pet Supplies sources the highest quality bully sticks from free-range cows in the USA, Brazil and Argentina! We are proud to carry Free Range Eco Naturals, True Chews and our own line of branded bully sticks, Mickey’s Bully Sticks.

If you have any more questions about delicious bully stick dog chews, please give us a call at 877-863-5431.