DR. DONNA: THE BULLY STICK—WATCH OUT FOR THE CALORIES…AND BACTERIA!

The results are in on a recent study of the bully stick. This popular canine treat made from the uncooked dried penis of a bull or steer was shown to pack a calorie punch and could even possibly pose a health threat to you and your dog.

Dr. Lisa Freeman, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, evaluated 26 different bully stick brands and reported the average 6-inch bully stick to have 88 calories. You could easily be—unknowingly—overfeeding your dog significantly if you are giving high calorie treats like this. For example, if your dog weighs 20 pounds and is getting one bully stick each day in addition to his regular meals, you could be giving 20% more calories than he needs every day. It doesn’t take long for this to end up in unwanted pounds.

With the epidemic of pet obesity upon us, it is frustrating that pet food manufacturers are not required to label their treat packages with calorie information. It is difficult for pet owners to make informed decisions with this limited information. Halo has made a commitment to pet owners by labeling all of their Healthsome Baked Treats with calorie information and guidelines on treating to help you avoid a pudgy pooch. Check out my article on other healthy snack choices and how to give treats the right way to avoid creating a finicky eater or an overweight dog “Healthy Snacking for Your Dog“.

The study results which were even more alarming was that one-third of the tested bully sticks were contaminated with bacteria like E.coli, Clostridium difficile, and MRSA. Read more here “Dog Treats Can Pack on the Pounds, Vets Say“. Here are a few reminders on precautions when handling pet food and treats to keep all members of your family safe “Keep it clean for safety!“.

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