Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bully sticks may lead to weight gain and infections in your pets. Many people do not know that bully or fizzle sticks are uncooked, dried penises from bulls or steers. Is that what you want to feed your pet? I am not a big fan because of the risk of  bacterial contamination, which can also be a threat to people.

Always deal with quality products to provide treats for your pets. Do not get rawhides from foreign countries due to the risk of contaminating chemicals used in the curing process.

Dr. Sakas

From the AVMA SmartHealth Brief

Dog Treats Can Pack on the Pounds, Vets Say

Study also found bacteria in some bully or pizzle sticks

January 28, 2013 RSS Feed Print
MONDAY, Jan. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Popular dog treats called bully or pizzle sticks may contain more calories than expected and could be contaminated by bacteria, according to a new study.

The treats are made from the uncooked, dried penis of a bull or steer.

Researchers examined 26 bully sticks made by different manufacturers and found that they contained
between 9 and 22 calories per inch. That means that the average 6-inch bully stick had a total of 88 calories, which is 30 percent of the daily calorie requirement for a 10-pound dog and 9 percent of the daily calorie requirement for a 50-pound dog.

"While calorie information isn't currently required on pet treats or most pet foods, these findings reinforce that veterinarians and pet owners need to be aware of pet treats like these bully sticks as a source of calories in a dog's diet," study first author Dr. Lisa Freeman, a professor of nutrition at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, said in a university news release.

"With obesity in pets on the rise, it is important for pet owners to factor in not only their dog's food, but also treats and table food," she added.

The researchers also found that about one-third of the treats were contaminated with bacteria. One stick had Clostridium difficile, one stick had methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and seven had E. coli.

All pet owners should wash their hands after touching such treats, as they would with any raw meat or raw meat diets. Very young children, elderly people, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems should never touch or handle raw animal-product-based treats and raw meat diets, the researchers said.

The study was published in the January issue of the Canadian Veterinary Journal.


  1. Is their a site that lists the bones that are healthy or ok for our dogs to chew including teething puppies. There are so many bones and choices on the market and in catalogs. Example 'from Dr.Foster & Smith ' would their bully or pixie sticks be safe ? Because they are doctors selling bones and dog items??

  2. Even though Drs. Foster and Smith are veterinarians it doesn't mean the products they sell are safer than other sources. I always tell people that when they buy rawhide products, make sure they are made in the USA. Products from foreign countries may be suspect. I am NOT a fan of pig ears (greasy and can have increased bacterial populations) nor bully sticks (due to how they are prepared and the reasons stated in the posting).