Bully Sticks for Dogs: Everything you need to know
Here's everything you need to know about the variety of bully sticks we offer and our approach to business. If you have any further questions or suggestions, we'd love to hear from you!
Our 'boutique' bully sticks will vary from batch to batch. Some batches will be thicker, thinner, chewier, crunchier or more aromatic than others (like vintages of fine wine.) Some sticks have thick knots at the ends of them (like old tree branches). Just like human skin, bull skins come in a variety of colors - imperfection is a sign of a natural product.
Our bully sticks will rarely appear uniform in color or shape:
Most of our products are hand crafted, not made by machines. We want our customers to be 100% satisfied, so if you have any issues we will address them immediately. However, we cannot guarantee uniform sticks that will be the same every batch - this is actually a sign of a processed, mass-produced product. (Think Walmart frozen pizza crust vs one tossed at a local Italian pizzeria).
Perfection is achieved by adding artificial colors, fillers, then punching them out like hot dogs.
Bully sticks for small dogs, older dogs or those on a low-calorie diet:
Our 6" thin, 12" Thin bully sticks, 4" Pretzels, 3" Hoops, 6" Spirals and 2-3" Bully Juniors are great for gentle or beginner chewers.
Our 6" Standard, 6" Thick, 6" Braids, 12" Standard, 12" Thick are great for average chewers.
Bully sticks for large dogs, XL dogs:
For intense chewers, be sure to select 12" Extra Thick, 6" Jumbo sizes, 12" Jumbo and 12" Monsters
Budget-friendly bully sticks:
In an effort to offer more affordable bully sticks to our customers, we offer deep discounts on sticks that do not make the cut for our premium label. You can find them sold as "bulk". They will be:
- Crunchy, which means they were in a part of oven where it may have gotten a bit too cooked
- Ugly sticks, they just look a bit 'beat up' or deformed
- Higher than normal odor, we try to remove these from our normal bags, but it is a challenge without smelling every stick for 2-3 secs, which is cost prohibitive
As a small growing company we constantly strive to adapt to the needs of our customers:
It is not efficient for a small company to grade, weigh and pack their own product, but we know customers want consistency. We are committed to doing so as long as we can, but the reality is, small company labor costs and extra shipping makes it tough to be competitive and still donate to rescues, so we are looking to outsource this (sigh, some day)
Since we do not cut corners on quality, we do so in other areas:
We operate on faith that you will notice our quality products, well thought-out packaging, consistency in bags and our above-and-beyond customer service with hopes that you'll be inspired to share your buying experience.
- We spend very little resources on Advertising, relying mostly on word of mouth from our regular customers.
- We don't use expensive developers, photographers, marketing campaigns, etc. - we're sure it's quite obvious.
- We do not pay "Review Clubs." It is costly for sellers to pay a review service to give away hundreds of units for FREE to get instant reviews. It has taken us over 3 years to get the ones we have, but ours are from real customers - with the exception of a few absurd ones.Please call or email us if you have questions about batches, need advice on what size to order or just want to give us a suggestion. We do not have out-sourced virtual assistants who give "canned" responses - we actually answer every email and call personally. If you are concerned about the time, feel free to send a text.If given the opportunity, most small, family-owned businesses will have your best interest at heart and will help you if you are not absolutely pleased with your purchase.
Our #1 priority is safety:
Our manufacturers operate with the highest standards in testing. This is the most important factor in who we choose to partner with for all our products. We do not do business with Suppliers that cut corners to offer 'bargain' prices. Our facilities are GSFI, USDA and/or FDA inspected and approved.
Sancho & Lola are our resident quality control experts. Their tough job is to eat samples from every batch, every size we carry. They have never become ill from any of our treats-- they do get loose stools on occasion but this is a normal side effect for them when they consume a lot in one sitting.
FAQ'sSee the section below for tips and advice about the possible side effects bully sticks could have on your dog and what you can do to prevent them. Every dog is different. There is always a possibility that bully sticks will not agree with your dog's stomach. If you find this to be the case, know that we stand behind our product 100% and will allow you to return your purchase hassle-free.
Why do bully sticks cost so much?
If you are a regular shopper of bully sticks, you might have noticed that the cost of bully sticks has increased significantly in last 3 years. There are very few bulls per herd (most male bovines are steers). Besides the heightened interest in bully sticks as people are learning about the hazards of rawhides, there is a demand for beef pizzle (penis) in Asia where some cultures eat in soups as a delicacy (sorry for that visual). Like what happens with the best cuts of Kobe beef, much of the quality raw bull penises end up at upscale restaurants in Asia.
Are bully sticks safe to give puppies?
Yes, bully sticks are fully digestible so they make a better treat for puppies than rawhide to satisfy their need to chew. But introduce slowly to avoid any upset stomach. Start with our fun shapes and our thinner sizes!
Can bully sticks give my dog loose stools?
Yes, just like changing your dog's food can. Some dogs just have a more sensitive digestive system than others. Both Sancho and Lola get softer stools but they enjoy them so much we still let them have them. Try adding canned pumpkin, ground flax seeds, chia seeds or plain yogurt/kefir to their diet which can aid in digestion and firm up stools.
Can bully sticks make my dog throw up?
This is not too common, but some dogs are more sensitive than others when it comes to treats, especially hard ones. Try introducing slowly and giving them pumpkin or yogurt. However, if your dog is a treat inhaler, you may want to use our 12 inch size and remove when they get down to the last couple of inches.
My dog has allergies to fillers like corn and wheat, do your bullys contain any additives?
No, our bullys are 100% beef - nothing else. As long as your dog can tolerate beef, he should be not have any issues related to cheap fillers. We also recommend that you try our Elk Jerky, Turkey Tendons and Duck Feet great for dogs with allergies.
How long are bully sticks supposed to last?
This can vary from the size bully you buy to the size dog you have. You also have to factor in whether your dog is a power-chewer. So the answer is anywhere from several minutes to several days. This is why we offer so many choices. Bully Sticks are not meant to last as long as antlers and bones, they are "tissue & muscle."
Is there something we forgot?
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