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Old 11-23-2009, 04:25 PM
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My vet recommended against anything from an animal because he said there was a history of problems with animal parts. Are bully sticks considered safe? I know to toss it when it becomes a choking hazard. Do I need to be concerned about mad cow disease?
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:14 PM
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i give them to my dogs.....under close supervision of course
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They are supposed to be the safest chew, and completely digestable. I gave one once, and Mikey had it completely eaten quickly. But he's like that with cow products...

I thought bully sticks were tendons but apparently are the 'boy parts' of a bull Pizzle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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Do I need to be concerned about mad cow disease?

Mad cow Bovine spongiform encephalopathy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia is a form of prion disease (like Creutzfeldt?Jakob disease - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) Creutzfeldt Jakob disease.
Prions are bad proteins, folded all weird. It can only be transmitted by ingesting infected neural matter:
So this is:
Ground beef (as spinal tissue can be in it), all brain material and spinal cord material.


Basically if you steer clear of (well brains obviously) and ground beef-you can eat as much cow as you want (doggie can too) and no risk even if the cow was infected.

So I rambled but no you don't have to worry about mad cow with bully sticks
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I prefer bully sticks to any other chew because of how safe they are deemed (won't cause blockages). I've even used them as a kong-stuff with the tip sticking out of the filling when crating because Cannon doesn't seem to have any choking problems with them (may have read that recipe in the "what do you fill your kong with" thread). They're just so expensive.
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my dogs inhaled/gagged on them...so I have to closely supervise and intervene a few times....didn't upset any tummies tho...well worth the money IMO
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costco...12 12" bully sticks for around $20
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costco...12 12" bully sticks for around $20
That is a good price. We dropped our Costco membership since we couldn't justify the yearly membership (we only go about 2x a year, so we don't make up the savings). I did just buy a 50 pack from this website: Bully Sticks - All Natural Dog Treats - Best Bully Stick since they were $.80 per 6" stick, which is the cheapest I've seen (Petsmart is six 6" sticks for $20, crazy). I haven't gotten the shipment yet, but I'm crossing my fingers and will continue to order from them if the sticks work out. I also purchased antlers from them, since everyone says they are really long lasting and safer than bones (won't chip).
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WOW

You just proved I'm stupid LOL We always order online to save money for so much stuff-and NEVER even thought to order bully sticks online WHat a good idea!!
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antlers are the best. my dog LOVES them...and if you have hunters in the family, they are free.
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REALLY??? We have a lot of elk farms here (they harvest the antler fur for viagra like drug) -and they sell elk bones at the dog park...I could ask...

I saw your post on the deer head. I think I'm a pretty cool vegetarian but I don't think I could feed 'head' to my dog LOL You are brave
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