TRIPE - worth holding your breath for
Raw green tripe may smell like a ripe farm, but luckily the benefits of feeding this food are so great that most people are willing to hold their breath (and perhaps your nose) to include this in their dog's food bowl.
Tripe is the lining of the stomach of ruminating (grass-eating) animals. Green tripe is so beneficial to dogs that they can eat it every day, and it can be fed as muscle meat as part of a dog's raw food diet.
Tripe can also be used as a food topper for finicky, fussy dogs and is an excellent addition to a sick dog's diet.
Raw green tripe is lower in fat, is an excellent source of protein and has a calcium to phosphorus ratio of 1:1, which is perfect for dogs! Raw green tripe is full of living digestive enzymes and healthy pre and probiotics, too!
Grass-fed, raw green tripe is full of:
Calcium that is essential for bone structure and controls muscle and nerve function.
Phosphorus - helps form bones and teeth, helps muscles, kidney and heart to function correctly.
Lactobacillus acidophilus--a super probiotic which keeps the gut healthy
Digestive enzymes - necessary to break down cellulose
Omega 3 and 6 - all the fatty acids needed in the diet
Amino acids - 70% in green tripe which are not available in muscle meat, these include:
Leucine which promotes muscle recovery and repair after activity
Proline which supports the production of cartilage and heals wounds.
Aspartic acid which boosts antibody production.
Don’t mistake green tripe for white tripe, found in grocery stores and used in many ethnic food recipes. White tripe has been bleached and therefore has little nutritional value to your dog.
Some of the many incredible benefits of feeding raw green tripe include improved digestion and absorption of nutrients, a reduction in digestive disorders and problems, a reduction in allergy symptoms and skin conditions, cleaner teeth, an improvement to skin and coat condition, and overall a huge improvement to general health.
Additionally, tripe is great for dogs with specific needs:
Help with weight gain
Green tripe smells – it’s true – but dogs LOVE the smell and taste. That makes it an easy choice for dogs who need to gain weight, whether they are recovering from illness or if they are just underweight. What’s more, the weight gained will be a healthy weight, built on calories full of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrition that your dog needs to restore and maintain proper system functioning.
Tripe for weight loss
Weight gain AND loss? Many dogs and cats gain weight when fed traditional, carbohydrate-heavy, low-nutrition kibble diets that claim to be complete nutrition. Carbohydrates often provide quick energy, not lasting nutrition that will keep your pet satisfied, like proteins and healthy fats.
Tripe contains concentrated calories, but the calories are nutrient-dense and will support your pet’s system functioning. Tripe makes a great supplement to any weight-loss diet for your dog as it will help him feel full and he won’t miss out on necessary nutrients, as is the danger of restrictive diets.
Tripe for seniors or picky eaters
Green tripe has a very powerful aroma, but if you can stomach it, tripe can interest even the pickiest eaters. Dogs love the strong smell, which is particularly good for seniors who have lost some of their sense of smell. Feed it as a part of your pet’s regular raw food diet, or as a nutritious treat.
Tripe for pregnant or nursing dogs
Tripe is rich in vitamins, minerals, protein, and healthy fats, which makes it the perfect addition to your pregnant or nursing dog’s diet. Feeding her quality nutrition at this season in her life gives her the nutrients and energy that she needs for her puppies, but won’t make her pack on non-essential pounds. The extra calcium it contains suits your pregnant or nursing pet’s needs, and the nearly perfect ratio of calcium to phosphorus (which is required for calcium uptake) is highly desirable and rare in a whole food.
Tripe for sensitive stomachs
Green tripe is very easy to digest. In fact, green tripe is already partially digested since it comes from a grazing animal’s stomach. Freeze-dried, frozen, or fresh tripe is the best for naturally-occurring probiotics and digestive enzymes. If your dog has “Leaky Gut” syndrome, raw tripe is easily digestible and can help ease these symptoms.
Tripe for help with eating grass (and poop!)
Can’t get your dog to stop eating poop? The digestive enzymes in green tripe are said to help dogs that eat feces for the digestive enzymes it contains. While there are a number of reasons why dogs eat poop, including anxiety, stress, and boredom (to name a few), feeding tripe takes care of the dietary cause. Green tripe can also rid your dog of a habit of eating grass.
In short, if you aren’t feeding your dog green tripe, you should be! Few natural foods offer as much nutrition, especially in a form so attractive to pets. If you can manage to plug your nose while you feed it, your pet can benefit from a superior nutrition that few other single foods can offer.