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Green tripe is a staple in my dogs' raw diet, however, each of my dogs eats a different amount. My girls enjoy a full meal of green tripe at least twice weekly; my boys, on the other hand, have a small amount of tripe mixed into their meals because if I feed too much, the boys will have diarrhea.
What is Green Tripe?
Green tripe is the stomach of ruminating animals like cow, bison, buffalo, sheep, deer, lamb, and goats. These animals have four chambers in their stomach and their food is digested over and over again in each chamber, creating an abundant of gastric fluids, amino acids, and beneficial digestive enzymes.
Benefits of Green Tripe for Dogs
When I first began feeding my dogs a raw diet, I fed green tripe because I thought that it helped with digestive health. I'm not so sure anymore. The reason we're told to feed green tripe is that our dogs can enjoy the natural digestive enzymes, however, my dog that could use these enzymes the most, Rodrigo, wasn't gaining any of the benefits.
So why do I feed it to my dogs?
Although green tripe didn't turn out to be the magic food for Rodrigo that I had hoped, it's still a very nutritious meal for all of my dogs. I feed my dogs green tripe because it supports:
- skin and coat health; creating a shiny coat and healthy skin
- the immune system, reducing allergy symptoms and skin rashes
- cleaner teeth (as dogs chew it, it naturally flosses and cleans their teeth)
- a healthy digestive system with natural digestive enzymes and probiotics
- the overall health of a dog
- the appetite of a picky eater or a sick dog
Does Green Tripe Cause Diarrhea?
Yes! Sadly, fresh (actually, it arrives frozen) green tripe is a bit rich for two of my dogs and causes them diarrhea. This isn't a food intolerance. I've been told that some dogs have trouble with the higher fat content that can be found in some green tripe as compared to other proteins. While Sydney and Zoey can eat a full meal of green tripe, Rodrigo and Scout always have diarrhea or loose stool after a meal. Instead of cutting green tripe out of their diet altogether, I decided to start with a small amount and slowly build until I met their threshold, which is about 1/4 cup of green tripe.
I've also found it helpful to give them added support and I mix Olewo carrots into the boys' green tripe meals.
All of my dogs enjoy Olewo carrots because it's produced in a form that's easy to digest and absorb nutrients, it prevents diarrhea and loose stool, soothes itchy skin, and offers a boost to digestive health. The carrots are sourced from an area of Germany where the soil is very rich in nutrients. Because carrots are grown undergrown, they absorb everything that makes them so good for our dogs.
I mix in 1/4 – 1/2 tsp of hydrated (with water and oil) into my dogs meals several days a week; especially when I feed green tripe. This way, I can still make sure all of my dogs enjoy green tripe; they're crazy for the stinkiest foods.