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When to Take a Bully Stick Away from Your Dog

May 05, 2021 4 min read
When to Take a Bully Stick Away from Your Dog

Your dog is going to be head over paws once you give them their bully stick. It’s great for you because there is nothing better than giving them healthy dog treats — and your dog is sure to be over the moon because the taste and texture is hard to put down.

There lies the issue. Sometimes, your dog doesn’t know when to stop chewing on their bully stick. This is especially true when it comes to our long-lasting dog bones, which are meant to be savored.

Do you know when to take a bully stick away from your dog? Here’s your answer.  

Why Bully Sticks Shouldn’t Be Rushed 

Bully sticks are preferred over other dog treats due to being made of beef muscle — no harmful toxins, chemicals, or pesticides included, so they don’t splinter like traditional chews. Along with the dietary benefits, bully sticks promote positive dental health. Your dog can scrape plaque and tartar off their teeth on the stick's hard surface while they chew.  

That’s one of the primary reasons why your dog should savor their bully stick. On the other hand, they shouldn’t rush for the sake of their digestive health. While bully sticks are healthy for them, it’s never safe for your dog to eat too fast.

So when do you take a bully stick away from your dog?  

When to Take a Bully Stick Away 

Bully sticks for dogs are a great chew, as the nutrition of the highly-digestible beef muscle is excellent for their health. However, there are risks involved if your dog swallows a large chunk of a bully stick — or all of it at once. 

The biggest health risk is that large chunks are choking hazards. But they can also lead to gastrointestinal issues, whether the chunk cannot be properly digested or if it simply gets lodged inside of your dog’s stomach. 

The safest thing to do is to take the bully stick away from your dog when it gets to a size that can’t be safely swallowed at once. However, you know your dog and how they eat. If your dog is the type that will swallow whatever you put near them, take the treat away once it gets to a “swallowable” size. If your dog is the type that will chew and chew but doesn’t swallow their edible treats as is, they should be safe to enjoy it as it is. 

But the best thing you can do is to supervise your dog when giving them their bully stick, especially for the first few times. See how they react to the first few and decide whether they’re safe chewing on it by themselves. However, you can also invest in a bully stick holder that will grip onto the bully stick, preventing your dog from swallowing it whole.

Are They Safe for Puppies?

If you’ve ever had a puppy, you know how much they love to chew on anything and everything. Bully sticks are a great option for puppy owners, as it will give you something healthy for your puppy to chew on while leaving your new couch safe. 

Bully sticks are safe for your puppy to chew on, but, like anything with a young dog, you should keep an eye on them while they do it. By supervising them, you can make sure they don’t literally bite off more than they can chew.  

Are They Safe for Senior Dogs?

If you have a senior dog, you might also be wondering whether a bully stick is right for them. The diets of senior dogs need to be watched closely, and bully sticks fit perfectly into it. 

Like with your puppy, you should keep an eye on your dog while they eat, although they’re bound to have less problems. It will be a nice challenge for a senior dog, something they can chew on throughout the day or across two days. Plus, the gentle nature of bully sticks will be comfortable on their teeth, compared to traditional chews. 

What to Do If Your Dog Swallows a Bully Stick

So your dog swallowed their bully stick. Not good, but it might not be that bad. If they swallowed the bully stick whole, it might be smart to take your dog to the vet — or to call your vet and get their opinion on the matter. While bully sticks are highly digestible chews, they should only be consumed in appropriate, bite-sized pieces.

Otherwise, if they swallowed a large chunk, make sure to keep your eye on them for the next day or two. Watch out for any signs of gastrointestinal emergency or choking. If you notice this, act immediately. 

Want to avoid them swallowing their bully stick altogether? The bully stick holder provides your dog with a safe way to chew their treat, teaching them to savor it over swallowing it whole. 

Give Your Dog Something to Chew on

Bully sticks are a great, healthy treat for your dog to chew on. Ready to give bully sticks a try? Check out our Bully Stick size guide to figure out the right size for your canine friend. 


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