My Dog Swallowed A Whole Bully Stick

Bully sticks for dogs seem to be all the rage, but did you know what they really are? Beef or steer pizzle (penis)! So many people have no idea, and while it might be something that grosses you out, your dog certainly won’t complain. So maybe you’re thinking, why would you want to buy something like this? What are the benefits for your dog? And are there any risks?

In this article, we will explore both the benefits and the controversies of this unusual treat, so you can make an informed decision whether it’s a good choice for your dog.

What happens when a dog swallows a bully stick?

Dog owners everywhere ask us if it is safe for their dogs to swallow pieces of bully sticks.

In short, yes, it is safe, but we have further broken our answer out into two parts below:

The best solution to this problem is use a bully stick holder to secure the end of the bully stick (the last inch of any stick will do). This way, when your dog is done chewing the bully stick, the remaining inch of product cannot be swallowed.

Best Bully Sticks provides high-quality, all-natural bully sticks, dog treats, and dog chews. Our bully sticks and other products come from livestock and are crafted into totally natural, protein-rich dog treats and chews. Unlike chemically treated rawhides that promote bacteria growth and can present a choking hazard, bully sticks are hygienic and durable.

How Do I Prevent My Dog From Swallowing A Bully Stick

If your dog is prone to swallowing objects, its essential to take precautions when giving them bully sticks. One way to prevent your dog from eating a bully stick is to get the correctly sized chew. Having a natural chew thats the right size will make it more difficult for them to swallow the entire stick. There are also some bully stick holder toys that you can buy.

Finally, always supervise your dog while chewing on a bully stick and take it away if they start to show signs that they are going to swallow it or when it gets too small.

Some power chewers can easily break worn bully sticks, so regularly inspect your dogs chews. If you see any sharp edges or thin spots, throw the chew away and get a new one. Keep your dog safe and always supervise when they are chewing on anything.

Oral Health Benefits of Bull Pizzles

One of the main benefits that attract pet parents to bully sticks are the oral health benefits. Bully sticks are pretty tough, and will give even strong chewing dogs a good 30 minutes of chewing time. Smaller dogs may even get a few hours or days out of a bully stick. All that chewing is great for teeth, due to the mechanical abrasion which helps remove tartar.


What should I do if my dog swallowed a bully stick?

If you believe your dog has swallowed a bully stick, you should contact your vet. Bully sticks can be digestible, but they can also cause blockages if swallowed whole.

Can bully sticks cause a blockage?

Bully sticks are highly digestible, so the risk of intestinal blockage is very low. This is because bully sticks are broken down in the stomach relatively easily. However, if large pieces are swallowed, they can cause an obstruction in the throat, and cause your dog to choke.