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A dog in the wild would hunt and kill its prey and nothing would go to waste. Using their five kinds of very sharp teeth, they will kill the animal and then strip the flesh from the bones before eating the stomach contents and the bone. While every part of the prey is good for the dog, it is these stomach contents that are especially beneficially. In fact, tripe as it is more commonly known, is one of the best, if not the best ingredients that you can include in your dog’s raw diet.
Tripe is the stomach of cattle or any other ruminating (grazing animal). As you can imagine the contents of a cow’s stomach is mostly grass and other green stuff that they graze on. As well as cows, other grazing animals include pigs, sheep, lamb and goats. While tripe is also a popular food in various areas of the world for humans, it has numerous nutritional properties for dogs, being abundant in calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium, vitamin C, and omegas 3 and 6. The main probiotic in green tripe is Lactobacillus acidophilus.
Is tripe an organ meat? Well, yes and no. It comes from the abdomen like liver and kidney but isn’t strictly considered an organ as it’s not as specialised as these detoxifying organs. In recent years we’re learning more and more of the importance of the microbiome. This is never more critical than in sheep and cattle who utterly depend on the bugs in their capacious four stomachs. Tripe contains and helps them regulate those bugs, so we should not look down our visceral noses at the humble stomach lining.
All the organs, including tripe, have a part to play in the health of the meat-producing animal and in turn our pet carnivores who consume them.
Green tripe raw dog food can deliver many benefits to dogs, such as promoting a healthy microbiome and supporting digestion, healthy inflammatory response and optimal skin and coat condition. Tripe is a highly digestible source of protein that is completely natural and what a dog would eat in the wild as part of its regular diet. It contains a number of properties which offer numerous health and wellbeing benefits to your dog:
You will notice that we mention raw green tripe above. It is important for raw feeders feeding raw dog food to understand the difference between treated and untreated (green) tripe. While some can be bought off the shelf in a supermarket, other types of untreated tripe can be sourced. Let’s take a look at the difference in the two:
This is the type of tripe that you don’t want to feed to your dog. As it is intended for human consumption it is heavily treated being bleached and boiled until all the nutrients have been removed. Feeding this type of treated tripe to your dog is of no benefit whatsoever.
Unlike supermarket tripe, raw green tripe is untreated. The only treatment it receives is being rinsed in cold water. It is known as green tripe because of its unbleached nature and while it can contain traces of grass and other green matter, the colour of it ranges from light brown to black. There are different forms of green tripe but what you should be looking for are those from locally sourced DEFRA approved supplier that has been minimally processed.
When you buy tripe, exercise caution when choosing where to buy it from, especially when it comes to unbleached and untreated raw, green tripe. In its natural state, if not carefully tested and responsibly sourced, it can harbour high levels of bacteria. At ProDog Raw, all of our recipes including those that include green tripe are lab tested for all harmful bacteria and we only source our ingredients from DEFRA approved suppliers.
Feeding tripe once a week as part of their meal or as a standalone meal is a great way to get all of the healthy goodness of this amazing foodstuff into your dog. It is particularly good for those dogs that need to gain healthy weight or that are recovering from illness. As well as being good for weight gain it is also great for weight loss as it the nutrients that it contains are all digested and absorbed by the body and none of it goes to waste. Fed in the right quantities it can help to maintain a healthy weight. It is also great for picky eaters as the smell is particularly attractive to them. There aren’t many dogs that can resist the allure of tripe in their food bowl.
There is no way to sugar coat the fact that tripe smells. In fact, it smells bad. You can handle it, wash your hands and still smell it. If you are feeling a little delicate, it can be quite offensive. Despite this, for those of us that want the best for our dogs, we put up with it and feed it. So, stand back a bit, hold your nose and wear gloves if you feel you need to and remember just how much goodness is in this particularly smelly food.
As mentioned, it can be whiffy, but that’s why dogs like it! It’s excellent, either lamb or beef tripe, as a first meat if you’re transitioning from kibble on to raw. It’s great if your dog has a gut upset and really useful to encourage fussy dogs to eat – if you add a little tripe to almost any meal, success is almost always guaranteed! It is one of the few meats that is a good source of essential manganese (along with hair/fur). It also packs an impressive amount of essential vitamin B12, selenium and zinc.
In Europe, we don’t, generally, raise cattle in intensively farmed, grassless feedlots, as they do in the USA (but that may be changing – watch this space). Animals are fed large quantities of grain to encourage rapid growth and fattening. I disagree with this practice on welfare grounds; the poor beasts were meant to be out in the fields eating grass, not packed in lots of up to 3,000 head like battery hens. Tripe can have grain particles on it, but not if you source from grass-fed farms. If your dog is grain (wheat, oat or barley) sensitive, this is, perhaps, something to watch for.
And now for a bit more about ProDog’s “with tripe” raw dog food range and tips on raw feeding…
Raw green tripe dog food and treats are an exceptionally nutritious source of protein. Low fat, rich in vitamins, minerals and probiotics, green tripe is the ideal choice to support optimum health and vitality. Green tripe contains many of the important amino acids required to promote healthy development and function; it is also abundant in calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium, vitamin C, and omegas 3 and 6. The main probiotic in green tripe is Lactobacillus acidophilus. Green tripe raw dog food can deliver many benefits to dogs, such as promoting a healthy microbiome and supporting digestion, healthy inflammatory response and optimal skin and coat condition.
ProDog’s green tripe raw dog food and natural treats are formulated using only the best, human-quality ingredients, sourced from DEFRA approved, British farm assured sources. Our green tripe bones are the perfect long lasting treat, designed to provide hours of gnaw-ability to calm and enrich your dog’s mind. All our raw food meal options and treats are prepared with zero additives, preservatives, and minimal processing methods, giving you peace of mind you are fuelling your dog with quality natural food that delivers optimal nutritional value. As close to nature as dog food gets.
ProDog Raw’s mission is to help your dog thrive. We believe nutrition is the cornerstone of canine health and, as such, invest our all into providing fresh, natural, raw dog food, natural treats and nutritional dog supplements designed with 100% species-appropriate ingredients from human quality production sources, operating with the best possible welfare practices.
We advocate feeding your dog a variety of proteins; by incorporating a selection of protein options you provide your dog with vitamins and minerals from across the nutritional spectrum. If one meat type delivers a select range of nutrients, offering a diverse range of meats will ensure you fuel your dog in a nutritionally comprehensive way.
Variety equals nutritional balance!
Your dog’s individual requirements, breed, age, level of activity can all play a part in finding the combination of proteins, meal options and treat choices that will help them thrive. Each dog is unique and has specific nutritional needs. By offering a range of raw food and treat options, you will, over time, establish the perfect raw food diet for your dog.
Why not find out more about raw feeding or contact us today to speak with one of ProDog Raw’s dedicated feeding advice team, who will be ready to help you find the perfect raw feeding menu for your dog.