Why Feed Green Tripe? This Stuff Stinks
Is It Really Necessary?
Have you ever wondered? “…what is Green Tripe and should I really feed it?”. The answer to that is simply because it is the best, most natural food you could feed canine. It is a well-known secret among the top breeders/kennels of performance dogs for years. The following excerpt from Juliette de Bairacli Levy’s book, The Complete Herbal Book for the Dog, says it best:
“I would suggest breeders make good use of such flesh foods as the following:…paunches of all animals (the raw, uncleaned paunches of healthy grass-fed animals can be fed with much benefit to all breeds of dogs). I learned this from a gypsy in the Forest of Dean: this man had bred many famous greyhounds, and he told me that such fare was the finest of natural food tonics.”
What Is Green Tripe?
Tripe is the stomach of ruminating animals. These animals (i.e. cattle, buffalo, sheep, deer, goats, antelope, etc.) are classified as being four-footed, hooved, cud-chewing mammals with a stomach that consists of four chambers. The four chambers of such a stomach are known as the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and the abomasum. The food the animal eats (i.e. grass, hay) is swallowed unchewed and passes into the rumen and reticulum where it is then regurgitated, chewed and mixed with saliva. It is again swallowed and then passed through the reticulum and omasum into the abomasum, where it is then further broken down by the gastric juices, amino acids, and other digestive enzymes.
Benefits That Make A Difference
So how can something so disgusting, be so good? These same gastric juices and enzymes not only aid the animal in digestion but also aid the dog in digesting and efficiently utilizing his food. The amino acids are necessary for muscular development and, the other gastric juices!
In an analysis of a sample of green tripe by a Woodson-Tenant Lab in Atlanta, Georgia, it was discovered that the calcium:phosphorus ratio is 1:1, the overall pH is on the acidic side which is better for digestion, protein is 15.1, fat 11.7 and it contained the essential fatty acids, Linoleic and Linolenic, in their recommended proportions. Also discovered, was the presence of Lactic Acid Bacteria. Lactic Acid Bacteria, also known as Lactobacillus Acidophilus, is the good intestinal bacteria. It is the main ingredient in probiotics.
Finally, because of it’s rubbery texture, serving it in large chunks also aids the canine in strengthening it’s jaw muscles and has an added benefit as a form of canine dental floss. Pretty cool huh?
What to Look For
The white tripe that you find in the grocery store has been cleaned, scalded and bleached. It has almost no nutritional value for the canine.
Green tripe does not necessarily refer to its color. In this instance, it refers to the fact that it has not been processed- in other words, not cleaned, bleached, or scalded. Its actual color is brown, however, sometimes there will be a greenish tint due to the grass or hay the animal ate just before slaughter.
Nothing beats the “green” tripe from a freshly slaughtered animal so make sure you know where your supplier is sourcing their green tripe.
Our sources are from fresh hormone free, antibiotic free, Grass-fed animals. It contains no additives or preservatives.