Bully Sticks - Treat or Meal Replacement?

At Bow Wow Labs we’re focused on a few very simple concepts: keeping dogs happier and safer, and making dog parents feel more empowered and confident in their pet ownership role. That’s why we created the Bully Buddy - to keep dogs safer when enjoying bully sticks, and to give dog owners peace of mind.

It’s so exciting to see that our Kickstarter campaign is approaching new stretch goals every day. We couldn’t be more grateful for all of the love and support, and can’t wait to bring Bully Buddy sizes for every dog to market really soon!

One question we often get is: are bully sticks a treat or a meal replacement? Great question! The quick answer is: BOTH! Yes, bully sticks are treats, but depending upon the treat’s size in relationship to the size of your dog, they could be adding meal-worthy calories to your dog’s diet.

In 2013, American and Canadian researchers from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and the University of Guelph conducted the study to examine the caloric density of bully sticks and found that the treats range from 9 to 22 calories per inch. That means that the average 6-inch bully stick packs in about 88 calories. So, for a 50-pound dog, the 88 calories amounts to 9 percent of its daily diet which isn’t too significant. But, a 10-pound dog would get a whopping 30 percent of its daily calorie requirements from one bully stick.

So just like anything else in this world - too much of a good thing isn’t always good for you (or your dog)!

That doesn’t mean bully sticks aren’t still a great way to keep your dog happy and healthy - just keep these calorie stats in mind so you can adapt his or her diet for the rest of that day if necessary. And, of course, use your Bully Buddy to help prevent choking on the tail end of that bully stick!