Tripe has been used in many traditional recipes around the world. From the East to the West, you will find tripe in stir-fries, soups, and stews. Tripe can be found in Chinese cooking, incorporated into Pho and other dishes around Southeast Asia, tripe soup in Spain, and not to forget Menudo, the Mexican tripe soup known for its' hangover-curing properties.
Do you know that tripe can be a healthy delicacy for your dogs too? Unbleached tripe, better known as green tripe, is a superfood for dogs and cats. Read on to find out why you should be feeding your dog green tripe.
What is green tripe?
Tripe is the lining of the stomach of ruminant animals. Ruminants are grazing animals including cows, deer (venison), and sheep. Tripe contains enzymes and probiotics that ruminants require for digestion purposes. Green tripe is an important part of our pets’ ancestral wild prey diet. Consuming green tripe helps to provide our canine friends with enzymes, probiotics, and beneficial fibres that come from the ruminants' partially digested meals.
The ”green” does not refer to the colour of the tripe. It refers to the fact that the tripe has not been washed, bleached, or scalded. The tripe that we buy in the supermarket for soups and stews have been thoroughly washed and scalded for human consumption. For our dogs, we want to feed them the unbleached tripe – green tripe – that is gently washed but is still rich in enzymes and probiotics.
Why green tripe is good for your dog
Tripe is choke-full of nutrients.
It’s rich in minerals like manganese, iron, potassium, zinc, copper, and selenium. It also has a desirable calcium to phosphorus ratio of 1:1. Green tripe contains a good amount of vitamins A, D, E, and B complex. When it comes to polyunsaturated fats, green tripe is nutritionally balanced with the correct proportions of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Dogs produce a relatively low amount of amylase, which is a protein that helps break down starches into sugars. So the nutrients present in vegetative matter are not easily available to dogs through digestion. But green tripe contains partially digested greens, as ruminant animals have digestive systems built for vegetation. The nutrients found in these pre-digested greens have already been broken down by the ruminants’ digestive enzymes so they are more readily available for dogs.
The green tripe itself is also full of digestive enzymes and eating a little green tripe may help your dog have better digestion too.
Supports gut health and Immunity
It is thought that 70% of the dog’s immune system is in the gut. As such, an upset digestive tract can result in a compromised immune system, which can lead to a whole host of health issues like chronic infection, and poor skin health. A good balance of bacteria helps keep the gut and immune system happy and healthy.
Raw green tripe is populated with hundreds of different kinds of good gut bacteria including lactobacillus acidophilus. This beneficial bacterium keeps ‘bad’ bacteria such as e-Coli, salmonella, and listeria from overpopulating and causing health problems.
Other benefits of this good bacteria include:
- Lowers risk of gut infections
- Enhances immune function
- Aids digestion
- Improves symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Lowers the risk of pollen allergies
Add some green tripe to your dog’s diet to maintain a healthy balance of gut microflora and give your fur kid’s immune system a boost!
For dogs with a sensitive tummy, tripe is an excellent treat because it has a low allergic reaction. Tripe chew like this ZIWI Peak Venison Green Tripe Oral Health Chews For Dogs is a healthy, hypoallergenic treat for dogs with sensitive gut and food allergies.
Tripe for Coprophagia
Coprophagia refers to a dog’s poop-eating habit. There are many reasons why a dog consumes excrement but one of the most common reasons is a lack of sufficient digestive enzymes in its diet. Offering tripe to your dog may help to reduce this behaviour since tripe is rich in enzymes and nutrients.
Try adding the K9 Natural Freeze Dried Beef Green Tripe Booster Dog Food to your doggy’s meal. It’s a perfect enzyme-rich daily supplement made with 100% New Zealand grass-fed beef green tripe. It also contains live, naturally occurring microorganisms and can help soothe gastrointestinal upsets.
How to feed green tripe
1. Raw green tripe
This is one of the best ways to offer green tripe to your dogs. Raw, unprocessed green tripe contained the most amount of nutrients, enzymes, and probiotics. However, it is not easy to find raw, unwashed green tripe even from butcheries. Not to mention that raw, green tripe can smell like the barnyard! K9 Natural Freeze Dried Lamb Green Tripe Topper Dog Food is a convenient, easy-to-feed option. The raw green tripe has been freeze-dried for concentrated nutrition and flavour. Use this to supplement your raw diet or as a nutritious kibble topper.
2. Freeze-dried or air-dried green tripe
Even if you are not a raw feeder, you can still offer raw green tripe to your dogs, with the freeze-dried or air-dried version. The gentle freeze- or air-drying process makes the tripe shelf stable while allowing it to retain its nutrients and enzymes. You can find freeze- or air-dried green tripe in the form of a meal topper or dog treats. WOOF Lamb Green Tripe Freeze Dried Dog Treats is a nutrient powerhouse that comes with added Green Lipped Mussels for joint support. An excellent healthy treat for senior dogs with digestive and joint issues.
3. Dog food with added green tripe
There are several dry kibbles and canned dog foods with added green tripe. NUTRIPE specialises in green tripe-based dog and cat food products, formulated to protect and strengthen your pets’ immune system. Their NUTRIPE ESSENCE dry dog food range is supplemented with enzymes, prebiotics, and probiotics to support your dog’s overall well-being.
Check out this NUTRIPE ESSENCE Grain-Free Australian Lamb & Salmon with Green Tripe Formula Dog Food. Some canned dog food comes with added green tripe too. If you are feeding canned food, don’t despair. You can find green tripe wet dog food too.
If you are not feeding your dog green tripe, it's a good time to start now. Choose the preferred feeding choice and start giving your fur kids some of this nutrient-packed superfood to help boost their overall health and well-being.
Katherine is a Pet Nutrition Specialist and GDP’s Pet Wellness Advisor. She is committed to helping pet owners make informed dietary and lifestyle choices in nurturing healthy pets. Katherine is also a practicing Nutritional Therapist (human nutrition) and has been helping hundreds of clients to heal naturally with nutrients.