As a new puppy parent, you’re likely in search of the best natural treats to provide your furry companion.
You’ve heard bully sticks are a popular option that dogs go wild for, but can puppies enjoy these
chews, too? The answer is yes; bully sticks are safe for puppies who are over five pounds and have all their
teeth (which is typically by six months of age, according to the Veterinary Centers of America Inc.
So, what are bully sticks made from
? These natural chews are made from just one ingredient:
pizzle. They are an excellent reward for growing pups and adult dogs alike because they are easily digestible,
in protein, and low in fat. In addition, bully sticks help clean teeth as dogs chew and are long lasting to keep
furry friends busy.
Discover how to choose, feed, and supervise your puppy while they enjoy bully sticks—ensuring a safe,
Choosing Bully Sticks
Once you determine that bully sticks are safe for your puppy, the next step is to find a high-quality
Look for premium bully sticks made from the finest-quality cattle and free of artificial colors, fillers,
flavors. Cadet® Bully Sticks check all these boxes—and they’re oven-roasted to
out the natural savory flavor dogs love!
Bully sticks can range in size, so you have options in selecting the best, most manageable size for your
friend. For example, our x-small bully sticks are a great choice for smaller dogs weighing less than 10
Feeding Bully Sticks
Initially, only let your pup chew the bully stick for about five- to ten-minute periods. As with any
chew, it’s important to see how they affect your puppy’s developing digestive system. If your puppy
handles the treat fine, continue to increase the amount of time they chew.
Also keep in mind that puppies can have bully sticks in moderation; they’re intended to be given as a
treat—not a replacement for dog food. Because bully sticks are an addition to your furry friend’s
stay mindful about how many calories your puppy consumes and talk to your veterinarian about recommended caloric
intake to avoid overfeeding your pup.
Always supervise your four-legged friend while they are enjoying a bully stick to ensure they don’t
off pieces too large to swallow. Additionally, take your pup’s chew away when there is only a short
left; this will ensure they don’t get excited and gulp the last small part. You can even find bully
holders, which are devices designed to help prevent pups from accessing the last few inches of the bully
As always, be sure to supply your dog with plenty of fresh water as they chew.
Providing Your Growing Pup Healthy, Safe Rewards
Now that you know when puppies can have bully sticks and tips for safe treating, you can feel good about
rewarding your dog—and your best friend will be delighted to enjoy a savory snack!
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