Lets delve a bit into the past
Any dog whether it be a Great Dane or a Chihuahua, differs at most from the gray wolf by 0.2% in terms of DNA.
What is raw green tripe?
Is the entire unprocessed stomach of a cud-chewing animal such as a sheep, cow or deer.
In the wild, carnivorous animals prey on herbivores and consume the entire animal, including the stomach and entrails.
This supplies vegetable matter and it also acidifies the wolf or dog’s stomach allowing the animal to better digest meat, organs and bone. The fact that the vegetable matter is already chewed and mixed with the prey animal’s gastric juices means that all of the nutrients contained are available in a usable form for a dog. Often when people feed vegetables to their dogs they simply pass out the other end undigested. This is why we tell our customers to include tripe (25%) in their dog’s diet.
It may be hard for some of our clients to imagine that their cute little dogs would stalk and hunt live animals, but domestication has not totally removed this instinct. If they have ever observed their cats stalking a bug or their dog “killing” a plush toy to remove the squeaker, they are seeing this natural instinct in action.
Why would you feed your dog or cat raw green tripe
Tripe has always been a very important component of the carnivore’s diet. Though most humans regard it as unusual, raw green tripe is a natural and beneficial food.
Nutritional advantages of raw green tripe
Raw green tripe offers a balance of nutrients as well as beneficial bacteria and enzymes.
It has been nutritionally analyzed and found to have a desirable calcium:phosphorus ratio of 1:1.
Green tripe’s pH is acidic, the protein is 15.1%, and the fat is 11.7%. It also has the correct proportions of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
One of the best constituents of raw green tripe is lactobacillus acidophilus. This is one of the intestinal bacteria that keep unwanted bacteria such as e-coli, salmonella and listeria from overpopulating and causing health problems. As we know, a balance of microflora in the gut is extremely important to maintaining good health. The intestines only contain enough food for a certain amount of bacteria, but by adding tripe to a pet’s diet, the population of good bacteria will outnumber the bad. These probiotics help keep the animal’s immune system in top shape. I have used raw green tripe for dogs that had digestive problems with great success.
Another beneficial component of raw green tripe is digestive enzymes. The enzymes that help the ruminant digest its meal will give the pet the same benefit. Dogs and cats do not naturally produce amylase, so the nutrients present in vegetative matter are not readily available to them. Raw green tripe contains not only digestive enzymes, but in most cases, some pre-digested green matter as well. This combination of enzymes and nutrients provide pets with a nutritional powerhouse.
How can I buy raw green tripe?
We sell it on its’ own or blended in with our Rabbit, Venison & Tripe recipe. Other recipes are to follow soon.
The Rabbit, Venison & Tripe recipe is formulated scientifically to be very close to the “Prey Model Diet” which is recognised as being the benchmark for optimal raw feeding nutrition.
Visit www.preymodelraw.com, which is a community of raw feeding advocates. The version we use is the “BARF” model which stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Feeding.
Most of our clients are looking for ways to keep their pets healthier and extend their lives as long as possible. But many still choose to feed highly processed pet food because of its convenience and affordability. Such diets are far removed from the natural diet of dogs and cats. Although these animals have been domesticated for thousands of years, their dietary needs have not changed significantly. Commercial pet foods only came into existence within the last century. The evolution of cats and dogs has proceeded throughout time without these diets.
W.Jean Dodds, DVM from Hemopet/NutriScan in the USA is an advocate of this diet, as is James Coghlan, DVM, from Paleo Pet. www.paleopet.com