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I'm a long time Golden owner and for the past few years we've been buying bullys because they're so great for our dogs. But I'm beginning to understand not all bullys are created equal! But, our favorite supplier (BBS aka bestbullysticks) did but this out yesterday and we're gonna stick with them I think. They haven't let me down in the past and my Maggie's teeth have never been so clean! http://hosting.fyleio.com/26191/publ...3/message2.jpg
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Regarding those Bully Sticks

Generally marrow bones and other weight carrying bones are frowned upon in the raw feeding community because of the risks of chipping teeth, the bones are extremely dense because they carry hundreds of pounds of weight. Try stripped turkey drumsticks or pork legs. Even better is cut some kibble out of each meal then feed a fat turkey drumstick Meat on, in the afternoon and he will be busy for a while


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I'm a long time Golden owner and for the past few years we've been buying bullys because they're so great for our dogs. But I'm beginning to understand not all bullys are created equal! But, our favorite supplier (BBS aka bestbullysticks) did but this out yesterday and we're gonna stick with them I think. They haven't let me down in the past and my Maggie's teeth have never been so clean! http://hosting.fyleio.com/26191/publ...3/message2.jpg
Supposedly any food manufacturer in the US is subject to USDA and FDA inspections, but it's pretty well known that this is a joke and inspection/enforcement is lax at best. That's why we have so many recalls in the human food chain, such as with cantaloupes, spinach, hamburger meat, etc. I put very little weight in such a claim made on the ad you posted, unless they can back it up with dates of inspections. If not, then that's just a marketing ploy and you might not want to rely on it as to the bully stick's safety.....JMO.
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I've never liked bully sticks, I could never let my dogs lick me if they had been chewing on bull d**ks. Lol


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We also do antlers only and the occasional marrow bones. We tried bully sticks one time and they smelled horrible and our boys finished them way too fast. I think they're a total waste of money.
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I'm a long time Golden owner and for the past few years we've been buying bullys because they're so great for our dogs. But I'm beginning to understand not all bullys are created equal! But, our favorite supplier (BBS aka bestbullysticks) did but this out yesterday and we're gonna stick with them I think. They haven't let me down in the past and my Maggie's teeth have never been so clean! http://hosting.fyleio.com/26191/publ...3/message2.jpg
Just a note of caution, I actually had some issues with bully sticks from them.
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Hmmmmm.......my girl gets one every evening. No problems, no issues. I get them from my trainer, but I can't remember the brand. My girl LOVES them, they keep her teeth incredibly clean (she is almost 2 and has NO tartar). The bullies I get from my trainer are low smell ~ I've purchased those really stinky ones from the chain dog stores before ~ yuck! Luckily too, my girl gets tons of exercise and is kept on a proper diet, so she doesn't have a weight problem due to the bullies.

Gosh....I will certainly double check our sources for our bullies!

Gosh, I'm going to really have to consider these issues. 4% chance of the one bacteria (which is such a low risk), and 24% chance of e-coli, which is not a problem for the dog, but only for the humans. I will begin to wash my hands after handling bullies, for starters. I will look at my source for bullies too. Not ready to give up on them just yet.

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I've always wondered about this; the possibility of chipping/breaking a tooth. I do give my girl an occasional raw beef bone, or elk knuckle bone (not raw). I might try that turkey drumstick some time! Uncooked...right?! I'll still do an occasional bone mentioned above, just not too often. btw, I had a collie that would use his bottom front teeth to scrape, scrape, scrape those bones and wore down those teeth to almost nothing. I was a bit dopey back then and didn't pay enough attention. Now I am much, much more vigilant about routinely checking all parts of my dog for potential trouble.


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I read the article:
whats the misconception?
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I think the misconception, at least what I gathered, is that people think they aren't so high in calories. Or that there isn't any dietary consideration when giving these chew treats. Maybe people don't associate them with other food treats? They certainly have calories and those calories need to be taken into consideration when making decisions on feeding. I only give the 6" bullies, but I'm sure there might be people giving those big 12" bullies to little 25lb dogs, lol!! I don't know? I think the other misconception is that they don't contain bacteria?? I really didn't think about that bacteria, or e-coli, so I am glad for that information. As I mentioned earlier, I plan to now wash my hands after giving my girl her daily bully.

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