The Ultimate Guide to Green Tripe for Dogs

The Ultimate Guide to Green Tripe for Dogs

7/26/2023 | 13 minute read

Have you ever eaten tripe...or even seen it?

Maybe you’ve passed by it at the grocery store: white, bleached, and ready for human consumption.

In some countries arond the world, like Spain, Italy, and Mexico, tripe is a commonly eaten food. People put it in soups, sausage, and sauces.

While both humans and dogs can eat tripe, how we eat it is entirely different.

Dogs are scavenging carnivores—their ideal diet includes raw meat, organs, and bones. They love devouring tripe, but they need it in its raw (yes, slightly stinky) state.

Today, we will explore green tripe for dogs and why raw feeders love it.

Raw green tripe, or a stomach, is beneficial for dogs because it boosts gut health and immunity, contains vital nutrients, and helps special dog populations thrive. You can readily find green tripe online, at a local co-op or farm, or at a natural pet store.

What is tripe?

Put simply, tripe is meat from the stomach of a ruminant animal. People usually think of beef when it comes to tripe, but tripe can also come from lamb, goat, buffalo, sheep, elk, or deer.

Ruminant animals are grass and hay grazers with four different stomach chambers: the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum. As the name suggests, ruminant animals process food through rumination (a cycle of eating, regurgitating, and chewing) before fully digesting.

Ruminant animals ferment food throughout digestion and create important microbes and fatty acids. They also produce hydrochloric acid and vital digestive enzymes.

This unique digestive system makes tripe a superfood packed with nutrients and healthy bacteria.

What is green tripe for dogs?

Green tripe simply refers to tripe in its raw form (no bleaching, cooking, or heavy processing). While humans will get sick eating raw tripe, dogs and cats are carnivores, readily able to digest raw meat.

“Green tripe” is a misnomer because it’s not actually green—the color of raw tripe of more a brown or gray color.

If you see tripe that is actually green, it is most likely dyed that color and highly processed. Dogs won’t benefit from heavily processed tripe because it lacks live enzymes and bacteria.

Nutrient composition of green tripe

The Guaranteed Analysis of green beef tripe depends on the blend and brand. Generally, tripe has a moderate amount of protein and fat, low fiber, higher acidic pH, and high moisture content.

For example, the Guaranteed Analysis of Oma’s Pride Ground Green Beef Tripe is 11% protein, 17% fat, 6% fiber, and 69% moisture.

Major benefits of green tripe for dogs

Your dog will love to eat tripe, which is good for them! Here we’ll discuss the top reasons to put this nutrient-dense food in your dog’s (or cat’s) bowl.

1. Strengthens digestive functioning

2. Contains healthy bacteria and boosts immunity

3. Filled with essential nutrients

4. Promotes weight balance

5. Good for dental health

6. Supports environmental sustainability

Infographic with dog and list of green tripe benefits.

1. Strengthens Digestive Functioning

If you’re looking for a natural way to support your dog’s digestive system, tripe just might be the answer.

To see why, let’s look at two compartments of a cow’s stomach:

  • The rumen. This is the first compartment. It functions as “a fermentation vat. The rumen’s environment favors the growth of microbes. These microbes digest or ferment feed within the rumen and make volatile fatty acids (VFAs)” - University of Minnesota.
  • The abomasum. The fourth compartment of a cow’s stomach is rich in digestive enzymes to break down food. These living enzymes, along with partially digested plants, are passed along to dogs when they eat tripe.

Digestive enzymes are critical and perform vital functions in a dog’s body. These enzymes help break down different nutrients: cellulase for fiber, amylase for starches, lipase for fats, and protease for proteins and other nutrients.

Tip! What does digestive enzyme deficiency look like? Without essential enzymes, your pup may experience diarrhea, bloating, acid reflux, cramping, undigested food in poop, and farting. These signs may indicate that your dog needs digestive help.

Properly functioning enzymes in a dog’s body help to purify the blood, absorb nutrients, eliminate toxins and parasites, and fight viruses.

If your dog struggles to digest and process foods properly, tripe can give their body the extra support it needs.

2. Contains healthy bacteria and boosts immunity

Tripe is also full of healthy bacteria, especially lactobacillus acidophilus, to support your dog’s gut biome.

Here’s how it works: your dog’s gut needs more positive bacteria than negative ones to thrive. Their systems can fight off illness and process foods better by populating the gut with healthy strains of bacteria, probiotics, and prebiotics.

L. acidophilus is known to “reduce diarrhea and help improve stool quality in dogs. In addition to helping improve digestion, probiotics can also help improve your dog’s mood, fur and skin appearance, and reduce stinky bad breath” - Brook Farm Veterinary Center.

Consider introducing tripe if your dog struggles with constipation, frequent sickness, inflammation, or diarrhea. It can help rebalance the gut to operate optimally.

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3. Filled with essential nutrients

There are some unique properties of tripe that make it a powerful health food.

Tripe contains:

  • Essential fatty acids. Omega-6, omega-3, linoleic, and linolenic acids give your dog energy and improve metabolism.
  • Magnesium. This mineral keeps bones, muscles, and the heart healthy.
  • Selenium. Supports your dog’s thyroid and general homeostasis.
  • Potassium. This electrolyte ensures muscle, heart, and nerve functionality through electrical charges.
  • Vitamins. Includes A, C, D, E, and B-complex (like niacin) vitamins in it.
  • Calcium and phosphorous. Tripe contains a balanced 1:1 ratio of calcium and phosphorus for teeth and bone strength.
  • Amino acids. Packed with 9 amino acids, including alanine, proline, arginine, glutamic acid, and leucine, which makes it a complete source of protein.
  • Zinc. Supports a healthy immune system.
  • Copper. Helps keep connective tissue healthy, absorbs iron, and produces red blood cells.
  • Choline. Detoxifies the liver, provides brain support, and aids muscle function.
  • Chlorophyll. Detoxifies and replenishes blood and is linked to cancer prevention.
  • Iron. Supplies oxygen to your dog’s system.
  • Healthy fats. Unsaturated fats in tripe boost healthy cholesterol and help the heart.

4. Promotes weight balance

Tripe can help balance your dog’s weight because it is very low in carbohydrates. While dogs can process carbs, it is not their best fuel source. A high-carb diet for dogs can lead to chronic inflammation and weight gain.

Your dog can maintain a healthy weight with biologically appropriate, nutrient-rich foods like tripe.

Tip! Tripe is very rich and higher in calories. Be careful to feed in moderate proportions and watch caloric intake, or it could lead to unwanted weight gain.

5. Good for dental health

Tripe can be served in larger dehydrated or freeze-dried strips for dogs to chew on. Like raw meaty bones, tripe strips act as natural toothbrushes to clean dogs' teeth. Additionally, the natural motion of chewing and tearing strengthens the jaw and mouth muscles.

While chewing, dogs scrape off tartar and plaque from teeth. This can help prevent dental disease, infection, gingivitis, and more.

6. Supports environmental sustainability

In certain situations, tripe meat is discarded because it is a less desirable animal part. By feeding tripe, you can reduce your environmental footprint by promoting the use of the whole animal. Your dog will ensure that nothing goes to waste!

Special dog populations and tripe

While most dogs benefit from eating tripe, there are certain populations that it is especially good for:  

  • Senior pets. Some older dogs begin to lose their appetites as they age. Tripe’s very strong odor can interest senior dogs who may otherwise be uninterested in food.
  • Picky eaters. If your dog is uninterested in their food, consider adding some tripe to their bowl. The strong aroma can pique the interest of dogs refusing to eat other foods.
  • New mothers. While nursing, new dog mothers need extra nutritional support to avoid becoming malnourished. Tripe is a superfood packed with nutrients like calcium and fatty acids to give new moms strength.
  • Post-surgery dogs. After some surgeries, dogs can feel uncomfortable and nauseous. If they can eat a little tripe, it can give them strength and essential vitamins and minerals to recover faster.
  • Dogs that eat poop. Some dogs eat poop (called coprophagia) because their body craves more digestive enzymes. By eating tripe, these dogs will get the digestive support they need…without the gross habit.
  • Dogs with kidney disease and renal failure. Tripe is a safe food for dogs with kidney problems because of its lower phosphorous content, high moisture level, and inclusion of high-quality protein with fatty acids.
  • Dogs with food sensitivities or allergies. Most dogs do not react allergically to tripe because it is white meat with low myoglobin levels. However, if you are concerned, start slowly with one protein (beef) and move to a different protein (like lamb) if your dog reacts poorly.
  • Dogs with EPI (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency). EPI occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough enzymes to digest food. While tripe cannot cure EPI, it can provide extra digestive enzymes to strengthen the system. Some owners have seen success with feeding a pancreatic enzyme supplement before eating tripe to help the body absorb nutrients properly.

Green tripe considerations

While there are many benefits of tripe, there are also a few things to consider before purchasing.

First, green tripe is very stinky to humans. The strong odor is off-putting to some people—but the smell makes your dog love it! When handling tripe, thoroughly wash your hands and surfaces to ensure the stink doesn't stay.

Second, tripe is richer and fattier. If your dog has never eaten it, consider starting slow to avoid digestive upset and diarrhea.  

Third, tripe is only meant for supplemental feeding. Dogs still need more bone content than tripe provides for a balanced diet, so don’t feed it exclusively. While dogs can eat tripe as an entire meal occasionally, other items should be added to their diet long-term.

Types of tripe–what is best?

Tripe is sold in different forms. Let’s look at the pros and cons of each kind:

Type Pros Cons

Not heat processed, so it contains all nutrients and live enzymes. Also offered in convenient patty form.  

Must be frozen or refrigerated before serving (travel could be an issue).

It is also not heat processed, so nutrients are still intact. Convenient for travel because it can stay at room temperature.

Freeze-dried foods are typically more expensive than frozen.

Air-dried

No heat processing ensures nutrients are preserved. Beef tripe sticks are made using this process, which dogs can chew on for good dental health.

Like freeze-dried, air-dried processing tends to be expensive.

Dehydrated

Very low heat processing retains most nutrients.

Some nutrients and enzymes are lost due to low heat processing.

Canned

Convenient and shelf-stable.

Canned tripe is usually cooked (heat processed) and preserved with extra thickeners or gum. These added ingredients make it the least healthy form for dogs.

Where to find green tripe for your dog

Beginning your search for the perfect tripe can be overwhelming. But we’re here to make it simple.

First, let’s talk about where you shouldn’t look. As we mentioned before, supermarket tripe is bleached and processed for human consumption. So, you do not want to source your dog’s food from here because it lacks live enzymes and raw nutritional value.

Lucky for you, there are a ton of other options!

1. Online. Many online stores (like Oma’s Pride) sell tripe that can be delivered straight to your door. You can choose any type of tripe: freeze-dried, raw, dehydrated, and more. Green tripe created exclusively for dogs is safely packaged and contains all the benefits of raw tripe goodness.

2. Local pet store. If you live in a place with natural pet stores that sell raw dog food, you can probably find tripe sold in-store. They may stock from companies that don’t sell online, and you can try a few different options to see what you prefer.

3. Local butcher. Consider finding a butcher in your area who sells tripe. While some butchers may be unwilling to process it for canine consumption, others might be. Be sure to do your research to ensure that the butcher’s sourcing is natural, ethical, and from grass-fed animals.

4. Local co-op or small farm. Raw food co-ops can connect you with sources to purchase high-quality tripe in your area. While these co-ops might have a membership fee, they can be a great resource for raw feeders. Farms or small meat processors in your area may also be willing to sell you tripe, especially if it will be wasted otherwise.

How to prepare and serve green tripe

How and how much you feed will be determined by the form you buy it in (raw, freeze-dried, or another).

In general, if your dog is sensitive to new foods, we recommend starting slow with a tripe treat, powder, or topper (like Beef Tripe Flats) before moving on to raw tripe.

Here are a few serving ideas to get you started:

  • Use #1: Serve it as a treat. You can use air-dried tripe sticks for recreational chewing or freeze-dried bites as a training treat. Both activities provide vital mental stimulation for your pup.
  • Use #2: Serve it raw. When serving raw tripe that was initially frozen, dethaw it in the refrigerator for about 24 hours before serving. Most dogs will devour tripe by itself, but you can also add a portion to a larger meal.
  • Use #3: Use it as a topper. Sprinkle a bit on top of meals for a great nutritional bonus! Tripe also makes food exciting for picky eaters. Put some freeze-dried tripe on top of a meal to get your dog to eat the entire meal.

Bonus: cats and green tripe

Did you know that cats can also eat tripe? While they may not love the smell as much as dogs, they can get the same nutritional benefits from tripe as dogs.

If your cat doesn’t like raw tripe, they may enjoy less-stinky freeze-dried treats as a food topper.

Final thoughts

Green tripe for dogs (and cats!) is an amazing way to support your pet’s health. From digestive aid to immunity-boosting properties, the benefits of tripe are hard to beat. Whether you can feed a lot or a little tripe, your furry friend will thank you immensely.


Clancy Giesbrecht, copywriter, marketer, and dog mom carrying her dog Lyra.

About the Author

Clancy Giesbrecht is a copywriter, marketer, dog mom, and educator with a B.A. in English from Pepperdine University. At Oma's Pride, Clancy works as a Copywriter & Marketing Strategy Coordinator with years of experience in the raw pet food space. Clancy strongly believes in holistic remedies and raw feeding for her dogs because it's the key to unleashing their healthiest, longest lives. When she's not hanging out with her dogs, you can find her reading, playing board games, traveling, and hiking.

Kayla Kowalski, Certified Canine Nutritionist, and her two dogs.

Fact Checked by Kayla Kowalski, Certified Canine Nutritionist

Consider me your new dog nutritionist! My name is Kayla Kowalski, and I'm a Certified Canine Nutritionist (CertCN). I've helped guide over 5,000 dog parents through diet transitions by teaching about all of the things you need to do and what you need to avoid! Get in touch with me at kaylakowalski.com.


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