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Trachea Chips

Trachea Chips

Trachea Chips

We are introducing a new dog chew called the “Trachea Chip”! These are flattened out pieces of our beef trachea’s that are baked into a chip. The trachea chips are approximately a 4″ by 4″ square piece of beef trachea. This unique size and shape make them last quite a while. We would say that these last about the same amount of time as a pig or cow’s ear for comparisons sake.

Remember that Beef Trachea are an excellent source of both glucosamine and chondroitin for your dog’s joint health. We are positive that these new trachea chips are sure to be a winner in the dog chew market! Please also keep our other trachea dog treats in mind as well (Hollow Trachea-great for stuffing with ice cream or peanut butter, Stuffed Trachea-stuffed with brown rice and bully stick bits, and now the Trachea Chip).

Furminator

Furminator-Best Grooming Tool on the Market

In our opinion this is one of the most exciting products to hit the pet industry in the last couple of years.  The Furminator is easy to use, quick, and good at what it does.  Whether you have a long or short haired dog, it is sure to make quick work of grooming and keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy!

The Furminator is also a great way to manage your dogs shedding.  If combed regularly with the tool it can reduce the amount of shedding by up to 90%!  According the the Furminator product literature it accomplishes this by removing the loose dead undercoat without damaging the top coat.  It also works to bring out a pets natural oils and create a shinier top coat.

Lastly, the Furminator also helps with airborne allergens which are the source of many people’s allergic reaction to pets .  As with anything that your dog might find annoying (brushing teeth, combing, etc…) it is always a good idea to have some dog treats or bully sticks close by as a reward!

Top Ten Most Popular Dog Breeds

The top dog breeds can be debated forever, but for the purposes of this list, we’re going to use the top ten most popular dog breeds based on American Kennel Club breed registrations.That being said, I welcome any and all opinions on what you think should fall into the Top Ten List of Most Popular Dog Breeds.

Bulldog10.Bulldogs – These lovable dogs have long held a place in the hearts of pet owners that are looking for a dog that is shorter, won’t require as much exercise, but has a personality as big as its jowels.

 

Shih Tzu9.Shih Tzu – This Chinese breed with its vaguely lion like appearance and attractive coat is popular as both a pure bred dog and for cross-breeding with other breeds for desired physical and temperament traits.These are great house dogs as they don’t require a great deal of exercise and are perfectly happy staying at home chewing on a Himalayan dog chew.

 

Poodle8.Poodles – Known for their distinctive appearance and intelligence, the Poodle are most often associated with French elegance and an aristocratic nature.

 

 

Dachshund7.Dachshunds – These short little dogs are a favorite of dog lovers everywhere, coming in both a short haired and long haired variety.These playful and fun dogs are great for families as they can entertain with their intelligence and playfulness while playing with toys or begging for dog treats.

 

Boxers6.Boxers – Originally from Germany, this stocky breed of medium size is known for their large chest and square jaw.Bright and energetic with a playful temperament, these dogs are great for active owners that can exercise with their pet.

 

Beagle5.Beagles – The winner of this year’s Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show, the beagle is one of the most recognizable dogs, with animated dogs like Snoopy carrying the beagle image into the entertainment world.Their even temper and gentle disposition makes them great for families, and their playful nature will keep a family entertained for hours.

 

Golden Retriever4.Golden Retrievers – A larger dog, the Golden Retriever are kindly and friendly, and are known for being friendly with any and all comers that are willing to give them a pat on the head.As the name implies, Golden Retrievers love to retrieve, and are great for those looking for a dog they can play with outdoors or watch tear apart a bully stick inside.

 

German Shepherd3.German Shepherd – Originally bred in Germany for sheep herding, this breed can be found doing everything from police work to working with the blind.Easy to train, these dogs make great house pets and are great for those looking for a dog to complete agility courses with.

 

2.Yorkshire Terrier – These tiny little dogs are known for their long coats and personality that doesn’t seem to fit with their small bodies.Incredibly intelligent, Yorkies are also independent, which is perfect for those looking for a dog that doesn’t have to be coddled all day long.

 

Labrador Retriever1.Labrador Retriever – The most popular breed of dog according to the AKC, this breed comes in a variety of colors, but is most loved for their mellow nature which makes them great house pets.Not known for aggressive, territorial, or pining behavior, Labrador Retrievers can fit into most household situations and because of this, have become highly sought after because of their gentle nature (they can carry an egg in their mouth).

Zukes All Natural Treats

Zukes All Natural Dog Treats

We just started to carry the Zuke’s brand of dog treats and have found a great customer response and reaction to the product already!  Zuke’s are all natural and made in the US which is becoming rarer and rarer these days.  We have started our offering by bringing in the Mini Natural’s and the Hip Action dog treats.  Both of these treats are excellent training treats which can be used in the field with ease. 

 The Zuke’s Mini Natural are cylindrical shaped treats that are about 3/8″ in length and height.  We carry these in both the salmon and peanut butter variety.  The Zuke’s Hip Action treats are rectangles that are about 1″ in length and width.  We carry these treats in the beef and peanut butter flavors.  These are great because they have a measured amount of both Glucosamine and Chondroitin infused into the product.  Both of these substances are great at maintaining and improving joint health and mobility.  The beef trachea that we carry on the site are also a great way to utilize the raw form of Glucosamine and Chondroitin!

We are happy to add these products to our ever growing catalog of all natural dog chews and treats.  If you have any suggestions for other products people would find appealing please let us know!

Himalayan Dog Chews

Himalayan Dog Chews

Many of you have probably already noticed the addition of this product to our site and I wanted to tell you a little more about the product and why we have chosen to add it to our line-up of all natural dog treats and chews.

The Himalayan Dog Chew is a long lasting chew that comes in three sizes small, medium, and large. We would recommend the small size for toy breeds like Pugs, Pomeranian, Shitzu, etc….the medium size for beagles, terriers, poodles, etc… and lastly the large size for boxers, labs, and retrievers.The chews are made from boiling yak and cow milk, with lime juice added to separate the curds. Once separated, the remaining cheese is dried (a process taking about three weeks) and then cut into pieces for the chews. This treat is high in protein and is all natural, having no additives or preservatives, and the finished product is just simply put, a very hard block of cheese.

This chew requires dogs to work and grind on it consistently to have small flakes and pieces come off to be eaten. Our experience is that these chews are very long lasting and are a great addition to bully sticks, other natural chews, and Antlerz. We are sure that the Himalayan Dog Chew is here to stay and will make a great addition to the natural chews that we already provide.If you have any questions about this product or any of our others please feel free to contact us anytime!

Dog Treats For Raw Food Diets

Dog Treats For Raw Food Diets

Raw feeding is becoming more and more popular as dog owners try to get their dogs back to their natural diet, and I wanted to point out some treats and chews that I think compliment raw feeding well.

Baa-Baa Q’s

Baa-Baa-Q’s are dried lamb lungs and are a great treat for dogs on a raw food diet because they are 100% natural and they are organ meat. Baa-Baa Q’s are especially great for older dogs as they break down quickly as saliva is introduced to them. I give these routinely as supplemental treats to my own raw feeding program.

All Natural Dog Chews

All of the natural chews that we offer on best bully sticks like beef trachea, tendons, and bully sticks. All of these treats are all natural, high in protein, and some like the trachea have the added health benefit of naturally occurring glucosamine for joint health. All of the chews will also naturally help in keeping a dogs teeth and gums healthy!

Healthy Dog Treats

Lastly, we highly recommend all of the natural dog treats provided by Plato Dog Treats. These are the healthiest dog treats that we have been able to find and they are made in the US (something that is becoming a sad rarity these days in the pet treat business!).

Antlerz and Bones – Will They Splinter ?

Antlerz and Bones – Will They Splinter ?

This is my second post for the weekly question and answer series.

 We are commonly asked this question and wanted to share our answer in the blog.  Starting with bones; bones are a common dog chew and can vary from femur bones, shin bones, knuckle bones, etc…..they are safe to eat as a dog chew as long as they are not cooked.  Once a bone is cooked (like in soup) its likelihood of splintering and becoming dangerous is magnified greatly.  However, as long as the bone is a “raw” bone it is safe to chew.  I do recommend watching how your dog chews on the bone to make sure that they are gnawing as opposed to biting on it. 

Antlerz are totally different from bones as they are grown naturally on deer.  They are comprised of many different rings of mineral deposits.  The cross section of the Antlerz looks kind of like a tree trunk with many rings around its end.  The antler wears down gradually over time from saliva and gnawing.  An Antlerz chew should last any dog between 4-12 weeks.  They are an awesome chew and totally healthy and safe for your dogs! 

About the Author

Avrum Elmakis is the owner of Best Bully Sticks, a leading provider of dog treats, bully sticks, antlerz, and other dog chews and treats. They can be found online at: http://www.bestbullysticks.com .

Things to Consider if You Want Your Dog in Your Wedding

Pug in TuxedoWith wedding season getting into full swing, many dog owners are agonizing over whether or not to include their beloved pets in their special day. While it can certainly be fun, entertaining, and adorable to have your four-legged friend included and all dressed up, there are a couple of things to take into consideration before sending them down the aisle.

Make Sure Everybody is OK with it

Check with everybody involved with the wedding before committing to having your dog a part of it. Some of your attendants may have allergies, the officiant may not approve, and the location may have rules against pets (many churches only allow dogs that are with a blind person to enter). Make sure to get the go ahead before you plan your entire ceremony around your dog being there to save yourself the headache later.

Ensure Your Dog is up to the Task

If your dog has problems accepting simple commands like “sit” and “stay”, then including them in the wedding may be a mistake. If your dog is easily distracted, they could wander away during the ceremony, something especially problematic if your wedding is being held outdoors. Having your dog in the roll of flower dog or ring bearer is a great idea right up until they go chasing birds with your rings in tow. Make sure they’ll actually make it down the aisle before you commit to having them come down the aisle.

Can Your Reception Accommodate Your Dog?

Just because your location is willing to have your dog there doesn’t mean that they’re capable of taking care of your dog. Make sure that they can provide food for your dog or that you provide them with the appropriate food if they can’t.

Make Sure Your Pet Will Be Entertained

You will have many responsibilities during the ceremony and reception, make sure that your dog can either entertain itself, or will be entertained by friends and family that are willing to play with them. Having a supply of dog treats and other chews like bully sticks and anterlz is a good way to keep them occupied and happy without having to worry about somebody devoting time to them.

Have a Great Time

The key to your wedding is that you have a great time, and if you can incorporate your dog while doing so, even better. Be sure to keep these things in mind and you’re sure to have a great wedding day with or without your dog.

Differences Between Bully Sticks

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.

About the Author

Best Bully Sticks is a leading provider of dog treats, bully sticks, antlerz, Sam’s Yams, and other dog chews and treats. They can be found online at: http://www.bestbullysticks.com .

Top Ten Animated Dogs

There are any number of famous dogs in entertainment: Lassie, Eddie (of Frasier fame), Benji, Hooch, and Rin Tin Tin, but there is a certain breed of dog that has risen to a celebrity all their own. The animated dog. Here are my top ten animated dogs.

Ren Hoeck10. – Ren Hoeck – The Ren & Stimpy Show

A staple of Nickelodeon for many years, Ren was the often abrasive, usually neurotic companion of the slightly effeminate, hair-ball producing Stimpy. A take on a Chihuahua, Ren could go from screaming and calling Stimpy an idiot, to shivering in a corner much like a real Chihuahua. An icon for an entire generation of teenagers, Ren leads off our list at number ten.

Blue9. – Blue – Blue’s Clues

Children around the world are familiar with Blue for his educational messages and great source of early childhood development skills. The recipient of nine Emmy awards, Blue’s Clues was inspired by Sesame Street, and appealed to the same crowd of pre-schoolers. Incorporating sign language, creative thinking, riddles, and both verbal and non-verbal skills, Blue’s Clues remains a great source for children of all ages.

Santa's Little Helper8. – Santa’s Little Helper – The Simpsons

Often neglected, the Simpson’s dog, Santa’s Little Helper, is a charming, but poorly trained Greyhound. Having survived where the family’s cat has not (currently on Snowball V), this retired racing Greyhound has been a staple of the Simpson household for years. Having saved members of the family on numerous occasions, it’s often surprising that Bart was so quick to replace him with the more well trained Laddie (a joke on Lassie). Eventually Bart came to his senses, and Santa’s Little Helper has stayed with the Simpsons ever since.

Brian Griffin7. – Brian Griffin – Family Guy

The Griffin’s dog is noticeable for his wit, intelligence, love of martinis, and ability to speak. While only 7 years old, Brian is only a few credits short of a degree from Brown University, owns a car, votes, and maintains a credit card. While displaying some of the typical canine behaviors (fear of vacuums), Brian’s anthropomorphic qualities are what have made him one of the more memorable animated dogs in recent history, catapulting him from tertiary character to one of the most popular characters in the series.

Odie6. – Odie – Garfield

While certainly not the main star of the series, Odie has been a participant (sometimes willing, sometimes not), in many of Garfield’s hi-jinks. Though Garfield has usually gotten the better of Odie’s good nature and admitted simple nature, Odie has shown surprising ingenuity in getting revenge on Garfield on a number of occasions.

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