Dogs love to chew on things. Be it our furniture, their toys, or chew sticks. If you want to prevent your puppy from chewing on your new couch or expensive chairs, you’ll probably want to get them something else to chew on. Maybe bully sicks? But the question is can puppies have bully sticks?
In this article, we’re going to answer that question and we also have a few suggestions on how to deal with your dog’s chewing!
Before we start, we have many more articles on dogs and chewing:
- Dog Toys: Chew And Puzzle Toys For Canines
- Reasons why your dog might be chewing on your hair
- How To Train Your Golden Retriever To Stop Chewing?
- Training your puppy: How to stop your Golden retriever’s destructive chewing
- Why Do Dogs Chew Their Feet?
Can puppies have bully sticks?
Yes, you can safely give your puppy bully sticks! That is if your puppy can chew hard food or treats on his own.
This treat isn’t only a great way to stop your puppy from chewing up your furniture, it’s also beneficial for his health!
Bully sticks are a single-ingredient, easily-digestible chew treat made from beef muscle. These are also actually one of the safest and best chew treats you could possibly give your dog!
The main reason being that they break down easily in your puppy’s stomach, so they won’t cause any health problems.
Benefits of bully sticks
Firstly, as mentioned above Bully sticks are simply beef muscle! Meaning they are extremely high in protein and low in fat. Both of which are important for your puppy’s growing body.
So by chewing bully sticks your dog will get all the essential amino acids, and their muscles, skin, coat, and brain will benefit from bully sticks too!
Besides being one of the healthiest chew treats out there, bully sticks also help dog clean their teeth and gums. Bully sticks help remove the biofilm that appears in their mouth. If this biofilm isn’t removed it can eventually turn to another issue – plaque and gum disease.
Additionally to all of the above, bully sticks also don’t splinter (like other treats). This means you don’t have to worry about broken-off pieces causing any internal injuries.
What size to get
Bully sticks com in different sizes, so it’s important to know which size to get for your dog. Basically, bully sticks come in 6-inch or 12-inch lengths. Their thicknesses can range from a thin 10 millimeters (mm) all the way up to extra-thick sizes of 23 mm or more.
Now, you’ll know which size to get by your dog’s weight and size. Bully sicks might be only protein, but protein also has calories. The caloric daily needs of dogs differ by their size.
For example, a Chihuahua doesn’t have the same caloric needs as a Golden retriever. With that in mind you wouldn’t give your little Chihuahua that weighs 10 pounds a big bully stick.
The same goes for large dogs. You wouldn’t want to give your Golden retriever a mini bully stick which he could eat in one sitting.
In conclusion, the answer to the question can puppies eat bully sticks is yes! If your puppy can already eat hard food on their own.
Bully sticks are probably the healthiest and safest chew treat you can get for your beloved dog. Just think about which size to get for your puppy, it depends on your dog’s size and weight also!
It’s important to stress something else here. There are many different chew treats for dogs out there that aren’t safe for your puppy. Rawhide for example is one of the more popular, and cheaper chew treats, however it’s also probably the deadliest!
Rawhide is super dangerous for your dog mostly because in the making of rawhides a number of dangerous chemicals is used! Besides this rawhide can cause vomiting and diarrhea for sensitive dogs and it can contain trace amounts of toxic chemicals and bacteria like Salmonella or E. coli!