Braided Bully Sticks: Benefits and FAQs answered here.
Customers often ask “What are the benefits of bully sticks?“, assuming that all bully sticks are created equal. There are more than just Straight Bully Sticks out there though–they come in many shapes, sizes, and thicknesses. One of our best sellers and a favorite amongst our customers is the Braided Bully Stick. To understand why it’s such a popular item among our canine friends, we explain the benefits of Braided Bully Sticks and answer FAQs in the article below.
To understand the benefits of Braided Bully Sticks, it’s important to understand what they’re made of and how they’re made.
What are Braided Bully Sticks Made of?
Braided Bully Sticks are a single-ingredient dog chew. They’re made from all natural beef pizzle* that comes from grass-fed, free-range cattle. Three Bully Sticks are hand-braided together to form the Braided Bully Stick and slow roasted to lock in the delicious flavor. Since they are made from a beef muscle, they are completely digestible. They’re the best option for any pet owner looking for a 100% beef stick dog treat.
*Beef Pizzle is the manufacturer’s term for dried bull penis.
How are Braided Bully Sticks Made?
To make Braided Bully Sticks, the process begins with three separate straight bully sticks that are up to USDA / FDA standards and specifications. The three pieces are cleaned, vertically hung, and dried. They are then braided together and slow-roasted to bring out the beef flavor that your dog will love. The Braided Bully Sticks are prepared in a way that preserves them without any use of chemicals, unhealthy additives, or artificial preservatives. Even without unnecessary additives, they still have a long 36-month shelf life.
Are Braided Bully Sticks Safe For Dogs?
Braided Bully Sticks are made from 100% beef muscle, which means that they are 100% digestible. This is important to mention since not all dog treats can make that claim. What does 100% digestible mean? It means that the Braided Bully Stick will not cause blockages in your dog’s stomach since the treat will be completely broken down as it makes its way through the digestive tract. Your dog will have an easier time passing the treat, leaving you with peace of mind.
As with any treat, though, we always recommend that you supervise your pet. Braided Bully Sticks are 100% digestible, but a giant piece bitten off can still present a choking hazard in rare cases.
Are there Odor Free Braided Bully Sticks for dogs?
You may have seen bully sticks listed as “odor free”. As a company, we’ve taken the stance that natural odor free bully sticks aren’t possible. These dog chews are made from animal body parts and will always have some sort of smell. In our experience, the only way to entirely remove the smell would be to treat them with harsh chemicals. This is something we are unwilling to do. For that reason, we use natural odor reduction techniques and label our bully sticks as low odor. To reduce odor, we make sure to use the highest quality ingredients that are thoroughly cleaned and fully baked. This leaves our Braided Bully Sticks “low odor” and completely natural!
Benefits of Braided Bully Sticks:
Long-Lasting and Durable
Since Braided Bully Sticks are made from three Bully Sticks, they’re naturally a thicker item. Braided Bully Stick chew times are generally longer than regular Bully Sticks, making them perfect for any kind of chewer. They can be given as a treat when you want some peace and quiet or even just to entertain your dog for a while. We do recommend that if you have an aggressive chewer, to try these instead of a straight Bully Stick.
Variety of Lengths
Our Braided Bully Sticks come in a 5 inch, 7 inch, 9 inch, and 12 inch braid. The different sizes allow you to find one that’s perfect for your situation. Depending on your particular dog and your preference, you can give your dog a smaller size to finish in one sitting or a longer one that can be chewed for a period of time and saved for later.
Naturally Cleans Dog Teeth
Every dog owner knows that doggie dental hygiene is important. One of the biggest benefits from Braided Bully Sticks is how it aids in dental health. Since your dog will be chewing a hard treat, it helps strengthen their teeth and can also help reduce tartar and plaque build-up. In some cases, Bully Sticks have even helped stop the formation of cavities, prevented gingivitis, and helped prevent other periodontal diseases.
As helpful as Braided Bully Sticks are for dental health, it’s important to keep in mind that they should be used alongside regular health maintenance. These dog chews won’t replace trips to the vet, but they’ll help between visits. Healthy teeth contribute to a healthy dog, which leads to a happy pet parent.
Source of High Protein and Low Fat
If you’ll recall from earlier, we stated that Braided Bully Sticks are made from 100% beef muscle. A great, slow-roasted taste isn’t the only benefit from having an all natural beef dog treat.
Due to Braided Bully Sticks being a completely natural beef stick dog treat, they are very high in protein. Since dogs are descendants of wolves, their ancestral diet involved consuming a lot of animal protein. The high protein found in Braided Bully Sticks helps imitate this diet.
You might be thinking that high protein means the treat is also high in fat, but that is fortunately not the case! Braided Bully Sticks are actually low in fat, making them a great, healthy chew option for dogs that are dealing with weight concerns. Although they are low in fat, this does not mean that you can feed your dog endless Braided Bully Sticks. Your dog might love it, but you have to resist the puppy dog eyes. Caloric intake should still be monitored and Braided Bully Sticks are meant to be given as treats, not meal replacements.
100% Digestible Dog Chew
Our Braided Bully Sticks are made from three of our delicious slow-roasted Bully Sticks that have been braided together. Since they are only made from beef pizzle, they are a completely natural treat and can be broken down completely in your dog’s stomach. Which means that you don’t have to worry about Braided Bully Sticks causing blockages in your dog’s stomach.
Being pet owners, just like you, we think that the phrase “you are what you eat” applies to every member of our family and fur family. It’s important that we all eat natural and healthy foods, not just the humans. It is for this reason, that we only source our Braided Bully Sticks from cattle that are grass-fed and free-range. We make sure that “premium” and “natural” aren’t empty buzzwords being thrown around, they mean something when it comes to what we sell for your pet.
There Is No “One Size Fits All”
No dog is quite like the other, each has their own chew preference. Some dogs will prefer chewing on a Braided Bully Stick, while others may prefer a smaller Steer Chew or a Bully Spring. If your dog has never tried Bully Sticks before, our Bully Stick Variety Pack is a good place to start!
Think about your dog’s past behavior when choosing the right chew. Do they often mistake your shoes for chew toys? Does a bone take them so long to finish that they lose interest in it? It’s best to determine your dog’s chew style in order to pick the perfect Bully Stick product for them. Don’t forget that we’re here to help if you’re curious about what Bully Stick is best for your dog! Feel free to e-mail us or give us a call.
Still have questions about Bully Sticks or how to “chews” the right treat for your dog? Give us a call at 1 (800) 715-4955. Our product specialists are more than happy to provide suggestions. If not, feel free to browse our entire line of Bully Sticks for dogs.