Health Benefits of Raw Green Tripe for Dogs and Cats
Raw green tripe is a staple in most raw dog feeders. Tripe is the stomach of grazing animals. You can typically find green tripe for your dog from cows, lamb, and buffalo. It’s important when feeding your dog raw tripe, to purchase green raw tripe. Although it will not be green—it’s typically gray in color—it will not be white, or bleached.
Green tripe for dogs is a wonderful, nutritionally sound food. It offers almost a perfect calcium to phosphorus ratio, an ideal omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids ratio, and helps boost a dog’s immune system. Raw tripe is high in protein, iron, manganese, selenium, choline, B3, and B12, making this stinky food a great addition to your dog’s fresh diet.
Since green tripe is the stomach of ruminants, this raw food is full of beneficial digestive enzymes, good bacteria such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus, and amino acids. Most dogs tolerate green tripe easily. Even those dogs with sensitive stomachs tend to thrive eating tripe, since tripe has an acidic pH. Cooking tripe does destroy the digestive enzymes, so feed this food raw for the full health benefits of green tripe.
If your dog is accustomed to eating a raw, chunky diet, you can serve larger chunks of raw green tripe for chewing. The rubbery texture is great for cleaning your dog’s teeth. Please supervise at all times. Even better, grab ahold of one end of the tripe as your dog chews. This will give you the ability to quickly remove it, should your dog try to gobble it whole.
I’ve been rotating ground beef green tripe (raw lamb tripe is typically available, too) in Dexter’s raw dog food for many years. I’ve also purchased various dried and freeze-dried green tripe sticks as a healthy snack. Today, I tried my hand at making Dexter homemade dehydrated tripe sticks and bite-sized tripe dog treats. Now, they will not provide all the health benefits of raw tripe, but they still act as a healthy homemade dog treat that I can feel good about providing.
Green Tripe Dried Sticks Recipe
I’m not going to lie, this tripe was a bear to cut. I started with the beef raw tripe slightly frozen; this actually proved to be easier to cut than the pieces that were thawed. After slicing the tripe treats, I read online if you hold or hang the tripe, you can slide your knife from the top to the bottom, making cutting easier. I can see this working, but may be a challenge to pull off.
I cut the frozen beef tripe into strips and bites and placed them on my dehydrator trays. I then took the entire dehydrator OUTSIDE, as I assumed this would be a stinky project. It was a cold and windy day, and I checked on the tripe treats throughout the day, but I have to say, it really didn’t smell that bad until I opened the lid. Next time, I may attempt to dehydrate inside the house.
After nine hours the green tripe treats looked perfectly crunchy! I removed the fresh dog treats from the dehydrator and placed three days’ worth of tripe treats in Dexter’s treat jar then froze the remaining pieces until I’m ready to restock his treat jar. I feel this is the best way to keep these healthy dog treats fresh and to prevent any remaining moisture to grow mold.
Needless to say, Dexter loved these healthy treats, and I can feel good about allowing him to gobble up his share.