Bully sticks are made from beef, and are dog treats or chews that are made from the penis or pizzle of a bull. Thus it is made of pure muscle and nothing else. They are made differently by different vendors but are a favorite among all the dogs. They are frequently sold loose in bins and are dried without cooking for consumption. Many vets themselves are unaware of the body part used in bully sticks. If bully is mentioned in the name of your dog’s chewy treat, you can be sure that the penis is part of it.
Most buyers are aghast at this revelation, but soon get used to it as something the family dog is fond of.
How are they made?
When cattle are processed for human consumption, the pizzle or penis is gathered with other parts that eventually become treats for dogs. Trachea, gullets, lungs all become chewy treats. Though these parts are clearly spelt out on the packets, they are known as just that – bully sticks.
The penis, which measure about 25 inches is cleaned and hung out to dry so all the fluids drain off. It is then stretched to about 40 inches and then divided into smaller sticks. The standard length sold are 6″ and 12″ or anywhere between four and thirty inches.
How should you store them
You can store your bully sticks in zip bags so they can be used and reused again and again. You can also preserve them in the freezer to prolong their life and to increase their hardness. You can give 12″ piece to your dog and keep the remaining half chewed piece in the freezer and give it to your dog the next day after it has become hard. The freezer will keep it fresh. You should not store them in open as otherwise insects could attack and contaminate them.