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A few months ago, someone told me that there are raw feeders who feed only green beef tripe to their dogs. I’ve heard that green tripe is considered a super food, but I didn’t think it could be 100% of a dog’s diet, because…
- Green tripe isn't balanced! What about the 80% muscle meat, 10% organ meat, 10% bone?
- Where would you store it? Granted, I have two freezers so I could fill them up with green tripe.
- What about the smell? One my freezers are stocked up with green tripe, where will I thaw it out? I guess I could buy a separate refrigerator, because it won’t go in the house fridge.
- Do I want that smell on a daily basis?
Benefits of Green Beef Tripe for Dogs
I feed green tripe to my dogs because it’s an excellent source of calcium, it soothes a rocky digestive system (Rodrigo), and it’s great for a dog’s metabolism and immune system (Healthy Gut, Healthy Dog).
Yeah, it smells atrocious (although the smell doesn't bother me anymore), but the dogs LOVE it. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.
Feeding Green Tripe to My Dogs
Many raw feeders feed green tripe daily. I would love to feed green tripe more often, but not having a dedicated refrigerator (for thawing and storage) makes it difficult. I’ve been feeding green tripe 1-2 times a week (Saturday morning and Sunday morning).
I ordered frozen green tripe sourced from a local farm through our raw food co-op. I recently switched to a new source, greentripe.com, that offers green tripe mixed with trachea and gullet, which provides more benefits:
- Natural source of chondroitin sulfate (for joints)
- Isolates cancers, tumors, and other diseases by preventing growth and spreading.
Other sources of tripe include freeze-dried green tripe from Raw Paws Pet Food, Vital Essentials Raw, and Barkworthies. You can also purchase canned green tripe, but it's important to know that it is cooked and it contains carrageenan gum, which is a controversial ingredient in pet food.
Why Green Tripe is a Super Food
70% of Green Tripe is composed of 7 major amino acids, providing incredible health benefits:
- Proline– Helps maintain sound muscles and joints as it's required for collagen production. Supports immune response and wound healing.
- Leucine– Promotes muscle recovery and repair after activity.
- Aspartic Acid– A “stamina booster” and an important generator of cellular energy and brain cells. Detoxifies body cells. Supports a strong immune system by aiding immunoglobulins and antibody production.
- Glutamic Acid– “Brain Fuel” that is important for brain functions such as message transferring. Also helps metabolize sugars and fat reserves required under high physical activity.
- Alanine– A blood sugar regulator that helps trigger glucose release into the bloodstream, enabling rapid energy supply throughout the body. Involved in kidney stone prevention and urinary tract health.
- Glycine– Used for blood quality and is a key component of hemoglobin. Supports in transferring glucose into energy. Plays a significant role in gene and DNA composition.
- Arginine– Contributes to a healthy vascular and circulatory system.
Green tripe is an exceptional source of unsaturated, high-quality fat with health benefits including Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids, and Oleic Acid – This “Omega 9 Fatty Acid” helps burn fat reserves while providing intestinal health, and also contributes to diabetes prevention and a stronger immune system.
Why Some People Only Feed Green Tripe
I have a better understanding of why people choose to feed their dogs a diet of 100% green beef tripe. I don't think this diet is balanced, but I'm also not a veterinarian or nutritionist, so what the heck do I know? What I have learned is that green tripe isn't just a dog supplement (which I thought) for better digestion and to provide calcium; it’s the perfect foundation for a dog’s healthy diet.
Green tripe will still only be a portion of our dogs' diet, but it will always be a part of their diet.