This is the start of a weekly question and answer section where we hope to expand on typical questions that we get on a daily and weekly basis. We hope that this information will be found informative and urge you to still contact us if you have any additional questions!
Are all bully sticks created equal? What are the differences?
The first thing that one should consider when purchasing bully sticks or any other all natural dog treats is the country of origin. Most of the bully sticks found in major pet stores are from India or other parts of the world outside of South America. The living conditions of people and livestock in these countries is less than appealing and as such we only sell product from free-ranging South American cattle. This cattle is considered “green cattle” as it is not given hormones or fed feed. This cattle typically grazes freely on open grass fields and grows naturally. Many people ask why not make bully sticks from North American cattle? The reason for this is that it is expensive, and also most of the cattle in the US is kept in feedlots and encouraged to grow at a much faster rate (growth hormones) than free-ranging cattle.
Another difference between bully sticks on the marketplace is whether or not they are vertically drained and then baked. It is much cheaper to sun dry bully sticks and other natural treats, but it is much riskier as potential diseases and bugs can enter the product much more easily. All of our treats and chews are all-natural and oven finished, which is more expensive but keeps the quality of the product high.
We are also routinely asked about “odor-free” bully sticks. Quite simply put there is no such thing. Bully Sticks are an all-natural beef product and as such should have some odor to them. If you ate a banana or even a steak your expectation is that it would smell like a banana or a steak..and if it did not you would be concerned. Many manufacturers currently selling bully sticks wash their products in peroxide (bleach) and other chemicals which are not healthy but cause the product to have no smell at all. Again, we prefer to offer products which are truly all-natural and as such they may have a slight odor.
Lastly, we recommend asking the store where you purchase treats and chews like bully sticks from if their products are irradiated. A lot (most) of the bully sticks on the market today are irradiated (treated by radiation to reduce the chance of infectious diseases) ours are not. All of our products are lab tested in country and in the US by both the FDA and USDA and are approved without problem or disease. We don’t know about you but we would not want our dogs treats or food undergoing radiation therapy to make sure that it is safe to eat. As long as the correct manufacturing processes are in place a bully stick or any other dog treat should never be irradiated. It is common for manufacturers to hide whether or not their products are irradiated so make sure to ask!
We hope that this clears up any confusion and answers some of the common questions regarding bully sticks that we get on a regular basis.
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