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Old 07-04-2014, 05:12 PM
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Ok, I must be in the clouds because I didn't know what a bully stick was until I looked it up a minute ago. I was suspicious of the "beef pizzle" label but I thought surely it can't be.... Raw, dehydrated bull penis?! Yep, sure is. No wonder it smells so horrible, and of course Chica LOVES it. I also just read that bully sticks can pose health risks due to their high caloric content and bacterial contamination. I am really tempted to toss this thing in the garbage just knowing alone that it's a bull's willy, but bacteria to boot? Ugh, the smell literally gives me a headache. If I'm going to smell that I may as well give her tripe which is healthier.


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In the UK, bully sticks are called pizzle sticks. 'Pizzle' is an old English word for willy! My dogs adore them, and they keep them quiet for ages.
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I don't find them especially smelly. I doubt they have any more bacteria than any other dehydrated dog chews, but make sure they aren't imported from China.
Personally i like the idea that they are made from a part that would otherwise go to waste, but they definitely have the ick factor lol.
The worst thing my dogs have had is hooves. They didn't smell to begin with, but once they started to really get into them OMG they were disgusting and went in the bin.
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Lily loves them,but never got a horrible smell from them
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I don't find pizzle sticks that smelly. I know what you mean about hooves, Stella - but funnily enough, I've come to quite like the smell. I equate it with contented dogs! Weird, but true.....
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LOL Our housemate/friend had the same reaction when we told him. So funny... and yes, a little gross. I wouldn't worry about bacteria any more than with other chews though. I don't buy them anymore, but that's only because I can't stand the smell! I can tolerate the smell of tripe sticks, funnily enough (as long as they don't eat it right next to me).
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Careful with the hooves, my trainer had a Shepard die from a teeny, tiny splinter that perforated her bowels! I was giving them to my girls, I noticed splinters from them laying around, that was it for us.
I can't get past the worry of them choking on a piece of pizzle. Is it different from rawhide??
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They are different from rawhide- they don't break apart like rawhide or a lot of other chews- making them incredibly safe as long as you take away the tiny end that they might gulp when it is worked down if you are worried about that. Unlike rawhide, or even jerky chews they just sort of wear away on the end as the dog chews on it, pieces are impossible to break off even for my larger dog that is a power chewer.
As long as they are not from china and from a reputable company I would not worry about whats in them. Bacteria or otherwise. They are pretty much the only edible cooked chews I trust (and they are dehydrated with heat and therefore not raw unless you specifically buy raw ones).
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