Green tripe is unbleached, minimally washed stomach of ruminant animals. Because it is not washed, it will contain some remnants of stomach contents. We try and ensure that our tripe is as minimally processed as possible to ensure stomach contents and the nutrient profile of the tripe stay in its most natural form.
Ruminants (cows, sheep, etc.) are herbivores – they eat plant matter. Herbivores have the digestive enzymes required to properly break down copious amounts of plant matter (such as grass and hay), therefore the stomach contents remaining in green tripe will be in a pre-digested form by the time a dog (or cat) eats it. A carnivore would be unable to digest large amounts of plant matter if they were to eat it before it has passed through an herbivore’s gut!
Tripe is a great source of probiotics (good bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus). Probiotics help to improve the microbiome and therefore may influence the digestion/absorption of food; inhibition of harmful bacteria; regulation of the immune system, production of vitamins (B vitamins, vitamin K); and the barrier against ‘foreign invaders.
Tripe is high in protein and low in carbohydrates, therefore, stimulating good stomach acidity. It may contain acidifying enzymes which support digestion. Tripe is an essential part of a raw diet for dogs and can be beneficial for cats.
Raw Green Tripe contains high amounts of lactobacillus acidophilus, a healthy probiotic. Probiotics keep bad bacteria from overtaking your pet’s digestive system. Acidophilus is naturally found in cats’ and dogs’ intestines (as well as your own). By including acidophilus in your pet’s diet, you increase the number of good bacteria that live within your pet’s digestive system, promoting healthy digestion and optimal nutrient absorption.