bully stick vs rawhide - what's the difference?

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Old 06-21-2012, 08:40 AM
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bully stick vs rawhide - what's the difference?

I've read that rawhide sticks aren't very good for a dog since they're able to chew off pieces that could stick to their stomach and/or intestines. I try to stay away from those but it is something tasty to chew.

Bully sticks, I've found, are often smelly and around here, the odorless ones come in packs of 50 or 100 so I'd like more info before I get those.

How do bully sticks come apart? Do they "peel" like the rawhide sticks, or do "bites" come off. Do they last relatively long? How long compared to a rawhide of the same dimention? Are they even any better than the rawhide sticks when it comes to their tummies?

What about antlers? better or worse?

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I gave beef tendons (are these considered bully sticks?), rawhides and another type of bully sticks that comes in green/pale yellow/yellow/red colors, and aside the rawhide, they last some 10~20mins with my dog (GSD mix). With rawhides it lasts much longer, for hours.

My dog does swallow the stuffs, but he chews them to smaller pieces and we never had a problem. Of course, there's always a risk, but then there's risk in feeding raw bones too but it's natural for dogs to chew these anyways.

I'd say it's better to evaluate if your dog does swallow big chunks or not. Give him some chew that is digestible and big, and see what he does when he almost finishes it. Also, it's said that some rawhides tend to expand with water, so that they can expand in the stomach. The ones I give doesn't seem to expand much, maybe you can test them before giving your dog too.

You can also do some online research. Also, maybe if you are worried, you can read some first aid stuff to see what you can do in case your dog chokes, and then only give chew stuffs when you're supervising.

Also, make sure your dog is not a fast eater. And if the first chew stuffs aren't too tasty that he feels like swallowing them crazily.
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Bully sticks are bull penises. Rawhide is skin.
Both tend to be fairly easy for a dog to take apart, but as you've said, rawhides tend to come apart in big chunks that can create intestinal blockages. I've better experiemces with compressed rawhide 'bones' or sticks. They are more translucent, and I think the level of compression makes them much harder to work apart. The dogs can only get little nibbles off at a time. Bully's are less processed and tend to also come apart in bites more like normal tissue.
Antlers are great and last a really long time but they cost an arm and a leg. Marrow bones are much cheaper, and when they're empty you can re-fill them with other great stuff and freeze them.
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Wink Bully Sticks are the best

I've heard a lot of bad yet true things about rawhide. Not only does it cause intestinal blockages, but it also expands in a dog's stomach after they eat it. They also aren't 100% digestible. They stick around in a dog's stomach for awhile. Also, a lot of rawhide has been bleached or drenched in formaldehyde to keep it's color and keep it odor free. All in all, terrible for dogs.

However, bully sticks have been great for my dog and I've never heard much bad about them except that they can potentially stink. But, the ones I buy from bestbullysticks.com don't have any junk in them like chemical, additives or preservative and they're simply dried bull pizzle. Even though it was weird at first, these treats clean my Charlie's teeth better than I can. And if he swallows the last little bit, he passes it just fine because it is 100% all-natural and digestible. The ones from best bully's are from grass fed south american beef too.

sorry, i'll get off my soap box. i'm just really sold on these things.
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Nice thing about Best Bully.... if you live near Richmond, VA, they'll let you pick up instead of having it shipped. Just have to let them know in advance.
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I've heard a lot of bad yet true things about rawhide. Not only does it cause intestinal blockages, but it also expands in a dog's stomach after they eat it. They also aren't 100% digestible. They stick around in a dog's stomach for awhile. Also, a lot of rawhide has been bleached or drenched in formaldehyde to keep it's color and keep it odor free. All in all, terrible for dogs.

However, bully sticks have been great for my dog and I've never heard much bad about them except that they can potentially stink. But, the ones I buy from bestbullysticks.com don't have any junk in them like chemical, additives or preservative and they're simply dried bull pizzle. Even though it was weird at first, these treats clean my Charlie's teeth better than I can. And if he swallows the last little bit, he passes it just fine because it is 100% all-natural and digestible. The ones from best bully's are from grass fed south american beef too.

sorry, i'll get off my soap box. i'm just really sold on these things.
I also order my bully sticks from here. If for some reason I am out of bully sticks and don't have money to do an order, I will give my dogs a compressed rawhide bone for a few days until I can get more bully sticks. My puppy is 7 months old so it's good to have something on hand whenever we are out and about.
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