Bully sticks are one of the most popular dog treats on the market and for good reason. They are all natural, 100% digestible, and have excellent health benefits.Bully sticks promote good dental hygiene and are durable enough to keep your dog entertained for long periods of time, which helps relieve stress for your dog (and for you). And most importantly, dogs absolutely love to chomp on them. But as with any pet treat, many dog owners want to know: Are bully sticks safe?The answer is a resounding \u201cyes,\u201d but there are important steps owners should take to maximize safety and enjoyment. \nChoose the Right Size Bully Stick for Your Pup\nBully sticks come in a wide range of sizes. Generally, you will find two lengths\u00a0 \u2013 5\u201d/6\u201d and 11\u201d/12\u201d with the thickness ranging from skinny (10 mm - 15 mm) all the way up to jumbo (23+ mm). It\u2019s important to choose the stick that best suits the size of your dog.You shouldn\u2019t give a 15-pound Chihuahua an 11\u201d/12\u201d jumbo. The stick would be too big for the dog to handle, and it would take your pup way too long to consume the stick. Conversely, owners of large dogs want to stay away from sticks that are too small. Bigger dogs would eat the smaller stick too quickly, which minimizes some of the health benefits, and the dogs could accidentally swallow the stick whole and increase the choking hazard \u2013 more on that below.\nAvoid \u201cNo Odor\u201d Sticks\nBeing an all-natural product, bully sticks have an inherent odor. How strong the aroma depends largely on how fresh bully sticks are and how they are stored (in a bin or box without a lid vs. a sealed box or jar). Don\u2019t worry, smelly sticks are a good thing for two reasons.First, your dog is more likely to go bonkers over them.Second, the odor means there\u2019s a good chance your sticks have not gone through any treatment process.Some bully stick suppliers (responding to complaints about smelly sticks) treat the bully sticks with chemicals to remove the odor. It doesn\u2019t take an expert to understand that chemically treated bully sticks aren\u2019t the best thing for your pups. Do what we do here at Bow Wow Labs. Avoid the chemicals. Embrace the odor.\nAdjust\u00a0Treats or Exercise\u00a0on Bully Sticks Days\nBully sticks are essentially dried beef muscle, which means they are a significant source of calories \u2013 between nine and 20 calories per inch depending on the thickness. As the owner, it\u2019s up to you how often you treat your dog with a bully stick. Experts don\u2019t recommend daily consumption--and we don\u2019t either-- two to three times per week is good. And to help your pup keep his/her nice fit figure, simply adjust the amount of treats you give them on bully stick days, or better yet, give your pup an extra walk. You could also save bully sticks as a special treat on high energy expenditure days after trips to the dog park, a hike or an outing at the beach.\nUse a Safety Device\nBully sticks are seriously hard. Hard enough that you\u2019ll need to pull out the bolt cutters to cut them. This durability keeps your dog busy for long stretches of time while promoting healthy teeth and gums as your pup chews. But the hardness of these bully\u00a0 sticks also comes with a warning label.Caution, bully sticks can be a choking hazard.As your dog chews down the bully stick, and no longer has the tactile ability to hold the stick with her paws, the tail end can be swallowed whole. This increases choking risk and also the potential for intestinal obstruction.That\u2019s why we recommend using a safety device to keep your dog safe and increase your peace of mind. That\u2019s why the geniuses at Bow Wow Labs invented the Bully Buddy. This simple to use device is specifically designed to hold bully sticks nice and tight to keep dogs from being able to swallow the last little bit of the stick.