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What is Tripe? and why should you feed it to your cats and dogs?
Many people aren’t quite sure what it is… in reality it may be one of the best things you can give to your dogs and cats!
Tripe is the stomach of ruminating animals such as cattle, deer, sheep and goats. Ruminants have a 4 chambered stomach – the rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum. The animal swallows barely chewed food which is slightly broken down in the rumen and reticulum and promptly sent back to the mouth for more chewing. It then passes through the reticulum and omasum and into the abomasum where it is further broken down by gastric juices, amino acids and digestive enzymes.
The digestive process of the ruminant is like a fermentation process with good bacteria acting to aid in the digestion of the hay grasses and grains. This is incredibly rich, not only providing completely natural digestive enzymes to dogs and cats, but also vitamins, fatty acids and amino acids.
The enzymes not only help digestion in your dogs and cats but also can be extremely helpful in cleaning their teeth.
Tripe contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids which are essential for a healthy skin and coat.
The vitamins and amino acids are in large part what gives your dogs and cats energy and spunk and green tripe has those to spare.
Green tripe is an excellent source of probiotics due to the large numbers of helpful microorganisms contained within the digestive tract.
Tripe is also good for dogs and cats suffering from sensitive stomachs and maladies such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Green tripe is an incredibly gentle food. It is often the first thing that raw feeding breeders introduce puppies to (as young as 3 – 4 weeks old).
Often green tripe is confused with white tripe which is for human consumption. Tripe for humans is put through a cleaning process that removes all the good beneficial bacteria and enzymes that make it so good for your dogs and cats. So after the stomach contents are removed, it is washed then bleached to give it its white colour. It now lacks all the good bacteria that make green tripe nearly the perfect food for your dogs and cats.
So what about the smell? Tripe does have a strong smell, no question about it; it varies slightly from barnyard odour to a more pungent smell. Its smell is down to what the ruminant was eating prior to slaughter. However, the smell will not hang round for long because as soon as you place it in front of your dogs and cats it will be gone in seconds!
For more information check out www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/the-stink-on-tripe