What Are Bully Sticks?
Bully sticks are dehydrated meat treats, sometimes known as pizzle. They are the penis of bulls or steers, and although they are somewhat of a delicacy in some Asian cultures, they are generally considered to be an animal by-product.
This is great news for dogs, because once dehydrated these are a tasty and long lasting chew. Being a single protein,they are easily digestible. Unlike bones, bully sticks cannot splinter, and are also good for dental health. Being a longer lasting chew, as the dog works through it, dental plaque is loosened, helping to keep teeth healthy and clean.
Chewing is good for your dog for other reasons than dental health. For puppies, chewing can relieve teething pain. Chewing also relieves boredom, and is considered to be useful in helping dogs manage anxiety and frustration. Giving your dog a treat which he can chew on for a reasonable period will make him relaxed and release feel good endorphins.
Why Are Bully Sticks Expensive?
Given that bully sticks are dehydrated penis, there is only one per bull - I know, it sounds obvious, but bulls have 2 ears, 4 legs, but only one penis. That means there are fewer to start with.
Then there is the actual work involved in preparing the bully sticks.They are quite labour intensive. Each one has to be prepared by hand, removing any fat. They are then dehydrated for 2 to 3 days.
Finally, throw in the drought which has plagued Australian farmers for the past few years, affecting supply. All Australian beef products are rising in cost, whether for humans or dogs. Even in times of plenty, they are still a more expensive treat, as demand often exceeds supply.
Our supply of bully sticks is always unpredictable - demand is much higher than supply at the moment. We do have a good supply of both small and thick bully sticks at the moment, and the quality is excellent. We stand by our decision to only stock Australian meat treats.