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Becareful with Bully Sticks!


Yesterday morning I was up really early to work on lesson plans. DH came upstairs and said Dora got on his pillow and vomited bile all over it (sorry had to include that!) At the time I told him last night with agility we didn't get home till really late and Dora was given a lot of treats so I didn't feed them dinner. It isn't like Dora to do this but it also isn't like Dora to skip a meal. So I took them and put them in their crates with breakfast thinking that is what she needed. I came back and Dora had threw up her breakfast within minutes. When I went to clean it up, there was a piece of bully stick in it that had to be at least 3 inches long. I try to only give them the bully sticks while I can watch but have never had an issue with choking or anything like that before. My DH said he gave one to Belle last night when I took Dash and Dora to agility. So not sure if she got the rest of it last night or that morning! Dora has never done anything like that before... I am just glad it didn't turn into a blockage. I didn't give her anything else for breakfast as we wanted to make sure she was okay and by dinner time she was fine-starving and bouncing around the kitchen every time we went in it!

PS-these were the 6" straight moo bully sticks.

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Wow! It's a good thing that she threw it up and it didn't get further into her digestive tract! Glad she's doing fine, and thanks for the warning!

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Thank you for the insight. They have always scared me and I waste more money by throwing them out when they are barely half way done. The same with flossies. I know Evye ate the whole thing last night because the small leftover was no where to be found and I'm in a panic wondering how big was the piece she swallowed. They are a great chew treat but I'm just as worried about them as I am the things I will not give them for this very reason. Glad it turned out okay and hopefully now Dora's belly is feeling much better.

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Glad to know Dora is back to normal. I gave up on the Bully sticks, could not find one that did not have a very strong smell. My girls get flossies more than anything, they smell but don't last as long.

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Sorry to hear about puke mess, but I am glad to hear Dora is okay.

I got the Moo brand braided bully sticks a couple of months ago. I give them to chew for about 10 minutes every two weeks or so while I supervise. But I have noticed that Lizzie and Benji start coughing or making sounds like "clearing their throats" during or after they chew it. I didn't feel comfortable hearing it. I didn't think much of it though but about a week ago, I noticed Benji clearing his throat more and more and Lizzie was making whizzing sounds after chewing them just for 10 minutes. I decided not to give them the bully sticks anymore and stick to my proven Merrick's Flossies. They loved those bully sticks very much, but now after hearing Dora's scare, I feel better about my decision. So thanks for sharing your story!

Sharlene, I cut up the Merricks's Jumbo Flossies in half and I pound them a little to straighten them. I noticed my puppers do better when they don't chew the entire flossie.

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SO glad to hear Dora was able to up the bully! could have been scary. thanks for the warning.

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As a special treat, we give our guys greenies, but to make them last longer, we stick them into a kong. The small size greenies jam pretty firmly into the hole of a small kong, and while the pups can eat the part sticking out, the rest is trapped inside, keeping them busy for quite a while. Eventually, after they've made a good effort for some time, I poke the rest out for them, but it does keep them occupied for a good half-hour or so.

I like the greenies as they don't seem to clog their insides and of course, there is no smell.

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I was about ready to place another order for the bully sticks.....I'm thinking now I won't.

Poornima, pound it as with a meat pounder? They just seem so inflexible but will definitely try it.

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That's pretty scary - glad Dora is okay. It really makes me worried to feed bully sticks now.

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Thanks for the reminder that I have to watch my canine baby just like I watched my human babies.
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