What's The Hype About Green Tripe?
Updated: Jun 13
Tripe is the stomach lining of ruminant animals such as cows, sheep, goats, and venison. Ruminants have 4 chambered stomachs which are hand-crafted to break down vegetation and extract all the nutrients. It is considered muscle meat, and it's most known for its deathly smell, which is a con for humans but a plus for picky pets.
Is It A Good Source of Probiotics & Enzymes?
It is commonly said that tripe is a good source of probiotics and enzymes. But due to exposure to oxygen (oxygen toxicity) and extreme temperatures (freezing), any bacteria/enzymes have a very poor chance of survival. The enzymes within the animals are obligate anaerobes which means they will die once exposed to oxygen. Therefore, green tripe is not a reliable source of probiotics and enzymes. If there is remaining plant matter on the tripe itself, it could serve as a prebiotic for the gut flora.
How To Feed
Nutritionally speaking, green tripe has a perfect 1:1 calcium: phosphorus ratio and is high in manganese and fat. This makes it a very high-value food for most pets and great for picky or underweight dogs. According to Monica Segal's book, tripe has 0.37mg of manganese per 1oz (28g). Tripe can be used to fill in specific nutrient gaps in a DIY raw diet. Tripe can be added to any diet, whether it's raw, cooked, or even dry. You may have seen white-bleached tripe at the market before, but this is NOT what you want to feed as it is robbed of all the nutrients and benefits of raw tripe. You want the real deal "green" tripe that has a smell you'll never forget.
Many green tripe products are sold for pet consumption, but you want to look for raw unbleached green tripe. Other types include...
Canned: The canning process, unfortunately, exposes the tripe to high heat. Canned tripe also often has added ingredients such as carrageenan to thicken the consistency.
Dehydrated: While this is a step up from canned tripe, it is still technically heat processed but is shelf-stable.
Freeze-Dried: Freeze-dried green tripe is acceptable to feed as it is minimally processed and most nutrients are preserved.
Where To Source
Ensure to source tripe from quality grass-fed ruminants for maximum benefits. If you have any local farmers or butchers near you, they may be able to provide you with some fresh green tripe. Otherwise, you can source from almost any raw feeding supplier such as...
Raw green tripe is an excellent addition to any bowl. Whether it's in a raw diet as a muscle meat or a kibble diet as a kibble booster, tripe is an all-around crowd-pleaser.