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Weekly Drool Recipe – Paw Print Treats

Best Bully Sticks knows these homemade biscuits are sure to make an impression.  Packed full of chicken flavor, these adorable treats are great for everyday pup snacks or a puppy play date. We think you’ll have as much fun making them as your dog loves eating them!

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface

1/2 cup wheat germ

1/2 cup brewer’s yeast

2 teaspoons salt

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 1/2 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

2. Combine flour, wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Pour canola oil in a large bowl. Add flour mixture to oil in 3 increments, alternating with 1 cup stock; mix until combined.

3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for 2 minutes (dough will be sticky). Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out rounds using a 2-inch fluted cutter (bakedeco.com). Transfer to baking sheets.

4. Make an indentation toward the bottom of 1 circle using your thumb, then press dough to make an arch of 4 small circles on top of the thumbprint using the tip of your pinky. Repeat with remaining rounds. Freeze for 15 minutes.

5. Bake for 20 minutes, rotating sheets and lightly brushing with remaining 1/2 cup chicken stock halfway through. Turn oven off, and let stand in oven for 40 minutes.

Makes about 2 dozen

Recipe Tip:

Dog treats can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 month.

(courtesy of Martha Stewart)

Spotlight on a Rescue – Castaway Pet Rescue & Bruno’s Story

A few weeks ago, Best Bully Sticks ran a Free Bully Sticks for a Year contest in which we asked people to send in videos of their dogs chewing on a BBS product.  We had a lot of great videos flooding in yet one in particular was receiving a lot of attention. The video was simply called “Bruno loves his Best Bully Sticks.”  Bruno was immediately getting a lot of votes, so after a little research, we learned Bruno had quite an amazing story and his foster family and other volunteers from Castaway Pet Rescue were truly looking out for this special pup.

Bruno was found in an alley in Chicago with no use of his back legs at 4 weeks old!!!

Someone brought him into CACC and he was to be put to sleep. However Castaway Pet Rescue saw this little man fell in love with his on site and knew they had to save him!”

Here is a video recapping the rest of Bruno’s story.

 

Karen Erbach is Bruno’s foster mom and because is a professional videographer, she saw our Free Bully Sticks for a Year contest and immediately set to work. read more…

101 Dog Care Tip – #152 – Preparing for Dog Safety Pt 3 of 4 – Treating Your Dog For Bites

This week in our 101 Dog Tips Dog Safety series, Best Bully Sticks focuses on treating bites on your dog and any reaction they might have. Dogs are naturally curious creatures, so bites may be unavoidable. Bites and stings come from other insects and animals such as flies, spiders, ticks and snakes. Most of these critters can find a way into your house as well, and as unpleasant as that thought is, if you’re dog is bitten you’ll want to know what actions to take to treat your pup.

Insect Bites

Insect bites can range from flies, to spiders, to ticks.

Flies don’t cause much of a problem, but can leave you dog with red sores or scabs. Most commonly, dogs who live near farms or livestock have more of a problem with deer flies or horse flies, which are more painful.  Flies also tend to bite on dog’s ears. To treat a dog with small fly bites, usually a bit of antibiotic cream will help. If the dog’s ears have been bitten, use warm water and antiseptic soap to clean the bites and then use antibiotic ointment afterward to treat the wounds.  Prevention of these bites can include applying a topical insecticide to the dog’s ears, spraying the dog’s outside living quarters with a non-toxic bug repellant and keeping food waste and garbage cleaned up as not to attract bugs.

Spider bites are more severe and usually the culprits are black widow and brown recluse spiders.  Both of these spiders are venomous, but the severity of these bites depends on the location of the bite as well as the species and its size.  Here are signs to identify which type of spider bite and the symptoms.

A black widow spider bite causes immediate tenderness to the location of the bite and numbness and abdominal swelling and sensitivity. Seizures are possible as well as respiratory problems. If you notice any of these and you see a bite, it’s best to call ahead to your vet and then go there as well. read more…

Best Bully Sticks Product Spotlight – Pig Ears!

Best Bully Sticks is all ears this week with our product spotlight! Pig ears have been around forever and dogs love them. They are a great way to encourage positive chewing habits and are long lasting. Oven baked and made in the U.S., these are whole dried pig ears and, of course, high quality! All of our pig ears packs are on sale this week and this item ships free! Remember you also can get an extra 8% off on items with regular delivery! Check out BBS’s delivery options under the “Deliver Every” drop down box.

Vicky says “My 1 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier (aka staffy/bully)is OBSESSED with these ears!!! She knows where I stock them and after her morning walk, she’ll stare at the container wagging her tail furiously. Won’t budge until she gets an ear! No one beats BBS treats.”

Originally: 23.47

NOW: 22.30!

 

 

BBS Breed Spotlight – The New AKC Breeds Pt 5 of 6 – Norwegian Lundehund

Last week the Breed Spotlight looked at the very unique Xolo and this week Best Bully Sticks looks at another very unique breed, the Norwegian Lundehund.  Just keep reading to find about this surprising breed!

History & Background: The Norwegian Lundehund was used as a Puffin hunter in arctic Norway and has gained many interesting physical traits over time because of this. This dog wrestled and retrieved the birds from the crevices of steep vertical cliffs. When the Puffin bird became a protected species in the 1800s, the dogs were no longer of use to the farmers and breed number dwindled. During WWII two concerned Norwegians saved the breed yet numbers are still limited today.

Height: 13-15 inches (male), 12-14  inches (female)

Weight: 13-20 pounds

Coat: The Norwegian Lundehund has a double coat with a hard outer coat and a dense, soft undercoat. This dogs fur is short on the head and the front of the legs and longer and thicker around the neck and the back of the thighs. Hair on the tail is plentiful and is feathered. The males have even more fur around their neck.

Color: Sandy brown (fallow) to reddish brown to tan with black tips and white markings, or white with red or dark markings. More black comes out in this breeds hair the older this dog gets. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe – Bacon Biscotti

This week’s Best Bully Sticks Weekly Drool Recipe will have your dog barking for more! A hearty winter treat, these Bacon Biscotti are easy to make and are packed full of real bacon. These biscotti also make great gifts or a crunchy contribution to a puppy party or play date.

Bacon Biscotti (for Dogs!)

6 slices bacon, chopped
canola or olive oil (optional)
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) flour
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) whole wheat flour
1 cup (250 mL) oats
1 tsp. (5 mL) baking powder
1/2 cup (125 mL) water
2 large eggs
1/4 cup (60 mL) bacon drippings or canola oil
2 Tbsp. (30 mL) honey read more…

Get Creative Best Bully Stick Contest!

Best Bully Sticks knows that our product is a great chew that dogs just go crazy for! BUT what else do you think your dog would do with a Best Bully Stick? This week we’re asking for creative uses for bully sticks! Show us the most creative use you can come up with for Best Bully Sticks, by uploading a PHOTO or VIDEO to our Facebook Fan Page.  The most “liked” photo or video will win $125 & $75 Gift Certificates from BBS!

For example, upload a photo of your dog using bully sticks as birthday candles, or upload a video of your dog using the bully sticks as bowling pins.  Any BBS treat or chew will work! Just show us creative and alternative uses for your dog’s favorite treat! Just remember, be tactful and have fun!

Rules and Regulations

  • Upload a photo or video of an alternative and creative use for a Best Bully Stick
  • The most “liked” photo or video will win??
  • Contest ends Friday 2/24/12 @ 3pm EST.
  • 1st Place: $125 gift certificate
  • 2nd Place: $75 gift certificate

 

Spotlight on Spay & Neuter Awareness Month

Bob Barker, the famous Price Is Right host, always reminded his audience, “Remember to have your pets spayed or neutered.” An avid animal rights activist, Barker knew the importance of controlling the pet population.

February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month and Best Bully Sticks wants to remind fans and readers of the importance of Barker’s message along with the reality of having pets spayed or neutered. Overpopulation of domestic animals is serious issue and because of this, thousands upon thousands of pets sit in animal shelters waiting to be euthanized. In fact, for every person born in the United States, 15 dogs and 45 cats are also born. Only half of all rescue animals will be adopted into loving homes.

If you have any reservations about spaying or neutering your pet, just consider these facts and myths from the Humane Society of the United States:

MYTH: It’s better to have one litter before spaying a female pet.
FACT: Every litter counts.

Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.

MYTH: I want my children to experience the miracle of birth.
FACT: The miracle of birth is quickly overshadowed by the thousands of animals euthanized in animal shelters in communities all across the country. Teach children that all life is precious by spaying and neutering your pets.

MYTH: But my pet is a purebred.
FACT: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats—mixed breed and purebred. About half of all animals entering shelters are euthanized.

MYTH: I want my dog to be protective.
FACT: It is a dog’s natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog’s personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.

MYTH: I don’t want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.
FACT: Pets don’t have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality. He doesn’t suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.

MYTH: My pet will get fat and lazy.
FACT: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don’t give them enough exercise.

MYTH: But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her.
FACT: Your pet’s puppies or kittens have an unlikely chance of being a carbon copy of your pet. Even professional breeders cannot make this guarantee. There are shelter pets waiting for homes who are just as cute, smart, sweet, and loving as your own.

MYTH: It’s expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.
FACT: Many low-cost options exist for spay/neuter services. Most regions of the U.S. have at least one spay/neuter clinic within driving distance that charge $100 or less for the procedure, and many veterinary clinics provide discounts through subsidized voucher programs. Low-cost spay/neuter is more and more widely available all the time. Start with this low-cost spay/neuter finder.

MYTH: I’ll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.
FACT: You may find homes for your pet’s puppies and kittens. But you can only control what decisions you make with your own pet, not the decisions other people make with theirs. Your pet’s puppies and kittens, or their puppies or kittens, could end up in an animal shelter, as one of the many homeless pets in every community competing for a home. Will they be one of the lucky ones?

 

101 Dog Care Tips – Tip #151 – Preparing for Dog Safety Pt 2 of 4 – Treating Dog Burns

Last week we started a dog safety series, which started with creating a first aid kit for your dog.  We also covered what to do to be prepared for any household or natural disasters. Best Bully Sticks knows that you can never be too prepared when it comes to you or your dog’s safety. That’s why this week we continue our safety series with treating burns that your dog might receive and how to treat them.

Burns & How to Treat Them
There are three different types of burns: thermal, electrical and chemical. Because of a domesticated dog’s typical environment, household accidents are the most common cause of burns. For instance, if your dog is curious, electrical cords could become chew toys. Household cleaners could cause chemical burns and irritate your dogs skin or eyes.  Let’s go over the different types of burns and what to do if they occur.

Different Burn Types & Stages of Burns
Thermal burns are heat-related burns and include open flames, hot air dryers, heat lamps, boiling liquids, semi-hot liquids or even sunburn. A chemical burn is any burn that comes from a chemical and there are two different types; acids and alkali’s.  Electrical burns occur after a dog has come in contact with electricity, like as stated before, chewing on electrical cords.

Just as in humans, these burns can reach different stages of severity and are categorized as 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns.  A 1st degree burn is called a superficial partial thickness wound and only involves the top layer of skin.  Minor pain and redness are the symptoms but they usually heal quickly. Sunburn is a classic example of a first degree burn.  A second degree burn is called a deep partial thickness wound and involves the deeper layers of skin. These burns produce blisters on the skins surface.  Second degree burns are more painful, take longer to heal and introduce a risk of infection.  These burns require veterinary attention.Third degree burns involve complete destruction of all skin layers. Charring is easily seen and no sensation is left in the area of the burn. With third degree burns, a dog is highly prone to infection. This kind of burn is very serious and life-threatening and require immediate and extensive veterinary care.

What Burns Look Like & How To Treat Them
Thermal Burns
The most common thermal burn is sunburn and usually happen when a pet’s coat is trimmed too short and leaves skin exposed.  Prevention is better than treatment, so if there is any non-pigmented (white) skin showing on your dog when they are outside for long periods of time, apply sunscreen that contain PABA and avoid those using zinc. Try to prevent your pet from licking off the sunscreen.

Other thermal burns will usually be contact burns and are usually 2nd or 3rd degree burns. The treatment for these contact thermal burns are as follows:

  • Extinguish all flames. If electricity is involved, make sure the power is turned off.
  • Avoid being bitten. You may have to muzzle your pet.
  • Apply cool water compresses with a clean (sterile) cloth. This may prevent the burn from penetrating deeper into the tissues. Change the compress frequently, and keep the site cool and wet. If the burn involves only one part of the body, you can submerge the area in cool water.
  • Do not break any blisters that may have formed.
  • Do not apply any ointments or butter-like substances.
  • Do not apply ice to the burn.
  • Carefully transport the animal to your veterinarian!

Chemical Burns
Burns caused by chemicals may be hard to see because your dog’s coat may hide the burn.  A strange odor usually a sign that a chemical burn has occurred and again are usually 2nd or 3rd degree burns.

  • Avoid being bitten. You may have to muzzle your pet.
  • Make sure the area is well ventilated.
  • If the burn is from a dry chemical, brush away as much of the substance as possible. Be sure to protect the mouth, nose and eyes of you and the pet.
  • If you KNOW the chemical was an acid, wash away with a solution of baking soda dissolved in water.
  • If you KNOW the chemical was alkalis, wash away with a solution of vinegar and water.
  • If you don’t know, wash the contaminated area with large amounts of warm (not Hot!) flowing water. Protect yourself with appropriate safety equipment.
  • If the chemical has gotten into the pet’s eyes, flush with clean water or sterile saline for 15-20 minutes.
  • Do not apply any ointments or butter-like substances.
  • Do not apply ice to the burn.
  • Carefully transport the animal to your veterinarian! If possible, bring the chemical’s container with you.

Smoke inhalation is another type of chemical substance that can be toxic to dogs.  If your pet is around fire, or fumes from burring materials such as plastics, rubber or other synthetic materials it can be very harmful to your pets respiratory system. Carbon monoxide is another dangerous chemical you dog could inhale. If your dog encounters any of these, go to the veterinarian immediately.

Electrical Burns
Electrical burns are most often found near the mouth from chewing on electrical cords.  The dog’s mouth will have burns at the corners or on the tip of the tongue. However, the burns aren’t usually as serious as the shock they receive from the electricity.  Serious shocks can cause a dog to go into cardiac arrest.  If a dog doesn’t go to the vet immediately, brain damage or death can occur. Do not attempt to treat the dog at home in any way. Take your dog to the vet immediately.

As always, prevention is key. Keep your chemicals and electrical cords out of the way of your pets. Also, be conscious of what to do if any of these should happen. In most of these situations, home remedies aren’t recommended.  Go to the vet as soon as possible and call ahead and let them know you’re on your way so they can be prepared as well.

 

Product Spotlight: 1lb Bag Bully Stick Tips!

This week Best Bully Sticks has a GREAT deal on a 1 lb pound bag of bully stick tips!

This is an all natural dog chew and is made from free-ranging grass-fed cattle! This one pound bag of 3-5 inches of bully sticks are perfect for smaller size dogs or great for training treats. Larger size dogs can make a snack out of this dog chew. However you use them, we know your dogs will love this variety of bully sticks!! As always bully sticks are a great source of protein, low in fat and are very beneficial to your dog’s teeth and gums. Buy now before this great deal is gone!

Originally: $13.99

Now: $7.99

 

 

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