This food is simply a “wonder food for dogs”.
Tripe is the lining of the stomach of ruminating animals such as cattle, sheep and deer. Tripe is made up of four parts and each part does a different job of fermenting the foods the animal eats.
- Ruman – the first part of the stomach of a ruminant in which cellulose is broken down by the action of symbiotic microorganisms.
- Reticulum – the second compartment of the stomach of a ruminant in which folds of the mucous membrane form hexagonal cells.
- Omasum – is the third compartment of the stomach of a ruminant and its function is to represent an arrangement for the continuance of the fermentation process. Acting as a pump that aspirates ingesta and transfers it to the next part of the stomach. It also absorbs water, electrolytes, volatile fatty acids and minerals.
- Abomasum – Forth compartment of the stomach chamber in a ruminant. It is glandular and digests food chemicals rather than mechanically or by fermentation like the other three chambers
- Omentum – also known as “lace fat” and is really quite beautiful! It is the thin membrane which surrounds the internal organs of ruminating animals
Organic lamb tripe is the best as lambs tend to live in fields, eat grass, natural herbs and plants and are fed fewer antibiotics. Sadly cattle are kept in barns for most of the winter and are given grain as a food supplement. Some very sensitive dogs can have problems with beef tripe, but rarely with lamb tripe.
Raw green tripe is low in fat, good quality tripe should be no more than approximately 6% fat. It is an excellent source of protein and has a calcium-to-phosphorous ratio of 1:1, which is perfect for dogs! Raw green tripe is full of living digestive enzymes and healthy pre and probiotics, too! White tripe has little nutritional value to a dog as it may have been bleached! Raw green tripe is full of:
- Calcium – which is essential for bone structure and controls muscle and nerve function.
- Phosphorous – helps form bones and teeth, and helps muscles, kidneys and heart to function correctly.
- Amino acids – 70% in green tripe which is 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 boosts antibody production.
Tripe also contains all the fatty acids needed in the diet – omega 3 and 6.
Raw green tripe is full of lactobacillus acidophilus which keeps the gut healthy and is naturally full of probiotics, it is also packed with digestive enzymes – dogs do not produce the enzyme needed to break down cellulose – these nutrients are found in tripe and also some pre-digested matter too.
A quick breakdown of vitamins and minerals in tripe based on a 4oz serving:
- Calcium 78.0mg
- Iron 0.8mg
- Magnesium 14.7mg
- Phosphorous 75.3mg
- Potassium 75.7mg
- Zinc 1.6mg
- Copper 0.1mg
- Manganese 0.1mg
- Selenium 14.1 mg
Green tripe helps to heal the gut flora if a dog has been taking regular antibiotics.
There is a downside, however, the smell! Raw green tripe can smell like a whiffy farm, but luckily the benefits of feeding this food are so great that most people are willing to sacrifice their appetite and wear a gas mask to include this in their pup’s food bowl. It is also less smelly if it is very fresh so make sure the quality you buy is good as it makes a huge difference. Green tripe is so beneficial to dogs that it is something they can eat every single day, and can be fed as the muscle meat part of your pup’s raw food diet. Tripe can also be used as a food topper for finicky, fussy dogs and would be an excellent addition to a sick dog’s diet.
Some of the many incredible benefits of feeding raw green tripe include:
- an improvement in skin and coat condition
- reduction in allergy symptoms
- cleaner teeth
- improved digestion and absorption of nutrients
- a reduction in digestive disorders and problems
- an overall huge improvement in general health
Your pup will love you forever, even if he smells like a farmyard!