Study Reveals High Calorie Content in Bully Sticks

by VetDepot on February 11, 2013

bully stick editedA recent study published in the Canadian Veterinary Journal reveals that many dog owners don’t realize the amount of calories bully sticks are adding to their dog’s diet.

The study, which examined different bully sticks from retailers in the United States and Canada, determined that the average 6-inch bully stick contains around 88 calories. This equates to about 9% of the daily caloric requirement for a 50 pound dog and a whopping 30% of the daily caloric requirement for a 10 pound dog. These percentages are quite high for a single treat.

It’s not currently required for pet treat companies to label packaging with calorie information. However, it’s important for pet parents to realize that too many treats, bully sticks or otherwise, can contribute to obesity and related health conditions. Pet owners should always speak with a veterinarian regarding their individual pet’s caloric needs.

To learn more about the study, click here.

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