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MaryAnn

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Does anyone feed tripe? The green kind? 


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Yes, I feed it pretty regularly. 

 

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Thanks Bill,  you can likely help me think about this, Is tripe considered an organ meat?  


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Thanks Bill,  you can likely help me think about this, Is tripe considered an organ meat?  

 

Hey Mary Ann, tripe isn't organ meat, it is fed as "meat." It has a good phosphorus/calcium balance. Big claims are made for the probiotic and enzymatic benefits of green tripe. It does not smell all that great (understatement) but my dog almost invariably eats the green tripe first, which is saying something when he has many delicious choices in his bowl.

 

We are fortune to have a good source for ground green tripe, and can sometimes get sheep,and bison, in addition to beef. I'm a little skeptical that it is the "miracle food" that's sometimes claimed, but we have it in our regular rotation.

 

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I have heard it smells really bad, at least that is what the butcher told us! I likely still have a couple of weeks to go before I add tripe to her diet, I do need to find some organ meat, mostly she's been eating meat and bones with just  some chicken liver.  Thanks for your help Bill. 



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I have heard it smells really bad, at least that is what the butcher told us! I likely still have a couple of weeks to go before I add tripe to her diet, I do need to find some organ meat, mostly she's been eating meat and bones with just  some chicken liver.  Thanks for your help Bill. 

 

The green tripe smells rather like cow dung. Not the worst thing in the world (to my nose), but thawing it in fridge with people food will not win popularity contests.

 

Add the organs in small quantities. I find my preference is for starting organs earlier than the standard advice on this forum, both to provide the vitamins/nutrition and to avoid food aversions that seem linked to "delay," but I am mindful that it is better to slow build bowel tolerance by starting with very small piece and building up, rather than feeding big pieces and risking loose stools (or worse).

 

I've seen no issues around feeding green tripe. Because it is pretty balanced between phosphorus and calcium it would not balance a portion of bone heavy chicken like a "meat" like beef heart would. So while counted as "meat" in the overall percentages, I think of green tripe as a "neutral" when balancing meals or the diet over time.

 

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My mom seems to think green tripe has cholesterol....any thoughts/inputs on this?



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Why does she think it has cholesterol? It's just the partially digested plant food eaten by ruminants. 


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Why does she think it has cholesterol? It's just the partially digested plant food eaten by ruminants.

No, it isn't. Tripe is the stomach walls of ruminants. Green tripe has some partially digested plant materials (grass) included since it is not well-scrubbed and bleached the way tripe headed for supermarkets (for human consumption is), but the stomach contents are secondary to the physical stomach tissues as the prime ingredient.

Some places sell the stomach contents (which are generally shaken out of green tripe prior to packing or grinding) as "stomach grass." But stomach grass and tripe are not the same thing. Tripe is stomach, not stomach contents. green tripe is stomach with a little bit of stomach grass incidentally included (due to lack of processing).

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No, it isn't. Tripe is the stomach walls of ruminants. Green tripe has some partially digested plant materials (grass) included since it is not well-scrubbed and bleached the way tripe headed for supermarkets (for human consumption is), but the stomach contents are secondary to the physical stomach tissues as the prime ingredient.

Some places sell the stomach contents (which are generally shaken out of green tripe prior to packing or grinding) as "stomach grass." But stomach grass and tripe are not the same thing. Tripe is stomach, not stomach contents. green tripe is stomach with a little bit of stomach grass incidentally included (due to lack of processing).

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It is partially digested, and does come from ruminants. That's what I was getting at. What about the cholesterol? That was the point of the post, actually.



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It is partially digested, and does come from ruminants. That's what I was getting at. What about the cholesterol? That was the point of the post, actually.

 

But the "tripe" is not partially digested. The tripe is the fully intact stomach tissue. Green tripe includes small amounts of stomach contents because it is not well cleaned, scrubbed, boiled and bleached like "human grade" tripe. 

 

There is cholesterol in tripe meat. Canines need saturated fats and cholesterol in their diets for good health. People are taking outmoded ideas about human nutrition (including the notion that all dietary cholesterol is bad, when it is not) and projecting it onto dogs. Dogs efficiently burn fats as their best energy source. Dietary cholesterol and saturated fats are essential to good canine health.

 

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Tripe- great for dogs. They love it.
Feed it... However you want. I started once and week and sometimes just a touch of it every day with other meats. Sometimes it's what's for breakfast or dinner. Sometimes it's every other day or every few days or whenever. Don't worry about it.

Green tripe- nasty nasty stinky stinky... Dogs freak for it.

Human grade tripe- pointless for dogs.
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Mine loves tripe. She has it with every meal. I have heard it is also very gentle to upset stomachs? I don't know but when she had an upset stomach she wouldn't touch anything but tripe and it very quickly cleared







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