Bully sticks are a much healthier and safer alternative to rawhide dog chews. They are made from the pizzle, or penis, of a bull. For this reason, some manufacturers also call them pizzle sticks. Because these treats are made from real meat, they are very tempting to dogs.
One of the main reasons that pet owners prefer bully sticks over rawhide chews is because the sticks are easily digestible. Many dog chews are not 100% digestible, but since bully sticks are made with only one ingredient, the body can digest them and you don't have to worry about them causing a blockage in the digestive tract.
Bully sticks are also extremely tough, though not quite as durable as rawhide chews. It takes dogs a while to chew through them completely. That's why I like including them in this recipe – my dogs get a yummy frozen treat and then get the enjoyment of chewing a bully stick for the next 30-60 minutes.
I use bully sticks from Bully Bundles. We're not sponsored by them or receive any commissions from the company, but the reason I chose this brand to feed my dogs is because they are made with just one ingredient – beef. There are no artificial ingredients, colors or preservatives. And, the best part is that Bully Bundles is a subscription service, you can get these bully sticks delivered right to your front door on a regular basis! If you're not into this brand, there's a large number of other bully sticks for dogs that you can choose from.
Bully Stick Doggy Pupsicles Recipe
- bully sticks (1 for each pupsicle you'll be making)
- 1 large can of pumpkin
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup chopped apples
- 2 bananas
Making these pupsicles is simple. First, mash the bananas in a small bowl. In a medium size bowl, mix the pumpkin, banana, blueberries and apples until they are thoroughly combined.
As you'll see in my video guide above, I used a plastic popsicle mold. You could also use a muffin tin or small cups. If you use a tin or cups, you'll need to take these treats out of the freezer 5 minutes before serving them to your dog. This will allow them to melt slightly in order to be easily removed from the container.
Once the mixture is ready, you can fill your molds. After they're filled, place a bully stick in each mold. When the mixture freezes, the bully sticks will act as a handle for the pupsicles.
I add apples and blueberries to this recipe, but you could add any dog-friendly fruits or vegetables. Peas, green beans, watermelon, carrots or raspberries would also be a great addition to these pupsicles.
Since these are just treats, they should be fed sparingly. These are a very healthy treat, but they are also quite large and will account for more than 100 calories. For this reason, you should only feed one of these treats at a time.
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