Green tripe is the unprocessed, unbleached, and unscalded stomach of ruminant animals. It is typically beige, gray, or black in color, and contains gastric enzymes as well as some partially digested plant material. Grass-fed green tripe will usually reflect a green tint or sheen from absorption of the animal's natural diet of grasses. Feeding grass-fed green tripe is much more beneficial than conventional grain fed tripe.
What is a ruminant animal?
Ruminants are hoofed animals with four-chambered stomachs which enable them to digest cellulose. After eating, ruminants regurgitate a semi-digested material called cud, which they chew, and then eat again. Cows, goats, sheep, bison, deer, camels, llamas, and giraffes are all ruminants.
What are the benefits of feeding green tripe?
Green tripe is said to be one of the most nutritionally complete all natural foods available for your carnivore, with essential fatty acids Omegas 3 & 6, and the ideal Calcium to Phosphorus ratio of 1:1. It also contains Lactic Acid Bacteria, more commonly known as the probiotic ingredient Lactobacillus Acidophilus, which can aid in digestion.
When fed whole or in large chunks, the tough rubbery texture of green tripe serves as a great tooth cleaner and jaw strengthener. Improved jaw strength is especially beneficial to sport and performance canines who are exposed to tedious training, such as Schutzhund and French Ring Sport.
Nothing will get your dog more excited then the aromatic stench of green tripe. It can be fed on its own, or in addition to daily meals, to puppies, adults, and seniors alike. It's irresistible to "picky" eaters, and can even stimulate the appetite of sick or medicated dogs.
Why is RAW Basics Grass-Fed Green Tripe better?
Our green tripe is from all natural, grass-fed animals that have been USDA approed for human consumption. They are grass-fed and grass-finished which means the animal does not lose critical Omega 3's in the few months prior to processing. This also means your dog will not be ingesting unnecessary grains which are common allergens.
Our green tripe is NOT denatured with charcoal, ash, sawdust, dye, detergent, disinfectant, etc.
And believe it or not, our green tripe doesn't smell nearly as bad as other tripe products on the market...which makes it way more bearable to feed indoors or out. This is because of the animal's natural diet of grasses, as well as rinsing and freezing promptly after processing.
The "Contents" Debate:
There is much debate over dogs/wolves eating the contents of their prey's stomach depending on which raw feeding "philosophy" you may belong to. I hope the following excerpts from Wolves: behavior, ecology, and conservation by L. David Mech, one of the leading experts on wolves and their diets, could help clarify things:
"Wolves are not fed by meat alone; in fact, they require the less palatable or less accessible portions of their prey in order to maintain a balanced intake of nutrients. To grow and maintain their own bodies, wolves need to ingest all the major parts of their herbivorous prey, except the plants in the digestive system." (page 124)
"If the stomach of a large prey animal freezes before wolves find the carcass (e.g., if it died from starvation, accident, or earlier wounding by wolves), the wolves commonly consume the entire stomach wall by laborious nibbling with their incisors. Mucous membranes, an important component of ungulate stomachs, intestines, and snouts, are a vital source of essential fatty acids." (page 125)
If you ever try to give your dog an entire tripe with contents, you will almost always find that they will shake as much of the contents out as possible.