What is Green Tripe?
According to the HomesAlivePets Blog, green tripe is “the untreated contents of a grazing animal’s stomach or intestines. While it sounds gross, this treat is one of the most nutritious that you can provide your dog”.
Why is it Called Green Tripe?
Green tripe’s name originates from the fact that it’s a mostly untreated product. Most raw green tripe is washed but is otherwise left untreated. For the most part, green tripe is bleach- and treatment-free.
What Type of Green Tripe is Best?
To get the biggest health benefits out of green tripe for your dog, you’ll want to look for products that have been “grass-fed” or “free-range.” Additionally, look for tripe that’s minimally processed. As we talked about above, Green Tripe is a product mostly free of treatment. Canned or frozen tripe will lose some of the nutrients when undergoing the canning or freezing process.
Green Tripe Nutritional Information
Green Tripe is a high protein treat. In fact, 70% of the protein in Green Tripe contains seven of the 10 essential amino acids your dog needs. Amino acids help perform essential functions including, but not limited to, building muscle, boostering the immune system, and bolstering urinary tract health.
Lactobacillus acidophilus, a healthy probiotic, helps keep bad bacteria from taking over your dog’s body. The amount of Lactobacillus acidophilus found in raw Green Tripe not only increases the good bacteria within their body but also “promotes healthy digestion and optimal nutrient absorption.
Digestive enzymes provided by green tripe can help increase the amount of energy, vitamins, and minerals that your dog will receive from food. According to Merriam-Webster, an enzyme is “any of numerous complex proteins that are produced by living cells and catalyze specific biochemical reactions at body temperatures.” In short, the enzymes provided to your pet through the ingestion of raw Green Tripe will help to optimize the benefits that your dog will receive from Green Tripe.
Vitamins and Minerals
The partially-digested greens contained in Green Tripe can provide additional nutrients that would otherwise be unavailable to your dog.
Roughly half of the total fat found in Green Tripe is unsaturated. Unsaturated fats increase the amount of HDL cholesterol in your pet. HDL cholesterol can help reduce the risk of heart disease among other things.
In summation, if you aren’t feeding your dog green tripe, now would be a good time to start. While the smell is unappealing (hold your nose), the health benefits far outweigh the stench.
Check out Barkworthies Green Tripe Sticks for a grain- and gluten-free source of nutrients for your dog made from all-natural lamb.
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