It stinks, but our dogs love it – so we get the low down on tripe to find out why it’s such a superfood for pets and why you should brave the stench for the benefit of your animals.
What is it?
Tripe is the stomach lining of grazing animals, such as cows, sheep, goats or pigs. As these are ruminating beasts, their guts are packed full of good bacteria, enzymes and amino acids to help digest the grass they eat. It is also high in healthy unsaturated fats.
What is it good for?
When our pets eat tripe, they are directly benefiting from all the goodness in the stomach lining. This not only helps with their digestive system, but can soothe gastrointestinal tract upsets and infections, relieve irritable bowel syndrome and treats constipation and diarrhoea.
Full of healthy fats, tripe is also great for putting on weight in a natural way, providing quality, long-term energy from increased calories. Conversely, if your pet needs to lose weight, you can feed a small amount knowing that you are providing a balanced source of concentrated nutrients in a limited portion.
In addition, it can also boost your pet’s immune system, treats and prevents vaginal infections, and can aid seasonal allergies. It is also said to rebalance your dog’s digestion to prevent the desire to eat poo or grass.
One of the intestinal bacteria – lactobacillus acidophilus – helps suppress nasties such as e-coli, salmonella and listeria which can cause all sorts of health problems if they are allowed to bloom. And some tripe will also contain pre-digested green matter, which adds powerful nutrients to the strong enzyme and bacteria combination.
Finally, simply because it is so stinky, tripe can be used to entice even the fussiest of eaters.
White or Green Tripe?
White tripe can be found in supermarkets, but has been bleached for human consumption and has none of the above bacterial benefits.
The green variety, however, is best for your pets as it is unbleached and untreated, though often rinsed through. It can be green in colour due to the grass eaten by the previous owner, but is predominantly a light brown in colour.
What do we stock?
Because it’s such a superfood, we have a dedicated freezer stocking a wide range of green tripe from cows and sheep, in block, mince or chunk form, from all our suppliers including Benyfit, Nutriment, Natural Instinct, Nature’s Menu and Paleo Ridge. We even stock dehydrated tripe treat sticks so you can keep your pet’s good bacteria topped up in between meals.
Written by: Lucy Ellis
Photos by: Lucy Ellis