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One of My Favorite Things: Green Tripe

“Within a couple of weeks of when I first started feeding green tripe, I noticed drastic improvements in coat, skin, energy, teeth and stools…less in number, small and hard…a good sign that the canine is efficiently utilizing his food.

The most noticeable improvement was on a very old rescue afghan. When she was turned into the shelter, her age was given as 6yrs old. It wasn’t until I was shaving down her mats, that I found a collar with a rabies tag. When I called the vet clinic, they informed me she was 12. Her teeth were terrible. She could not eat kibble and she could barely walk across the backyard. On January 12th, 2000 she turned 17! She has been eating tripe for almost 5 years and can still run with the pack, discipline the “young and restless” and has the most beautiful set of white teeth without ever having dental cleaning done.

I’m not quite sure if it is related, but we also noticed a change in the two litters we bred. The first litter was before we were using the tripe. As a matter of fact, we started using a muscle meat/tripe mix when the pups from that litter were 3 months old. With the second litter, both sire and dam had been on the tripe for at least 2 years before the breeding. It was a more robust litter than the first. The pups had been on tripe essentially since conception and are far superior, in many ways, to the first litter.

So what makes green tripe the perfect food for the canine. Recently, an analysis of a sample of the packaged frozen tripe was performed by Woodson-Tenant Laboratories, Inc. in Georgia. The results were what many people had speculated but never proven with scientific fact.

The calcium:phosphorous ratio is indeed 1:1, the overall pH is on the acidic side which is better for digestion, protein is 15.1, fat 11.7 and of course it contained the essential fatty acids, Linoleic and Linolenic, in their recommended proportions.

What was surprising to find, was the presence of Lactic Acid Bacteria. Lactic Acid Bacteria, also known as Lactobacillus Acidophilus, is the good intestinal bacteria. It is the main ingredient in probiotics.

Green tripe is also loaded with gastric enzymes, amino acids, and other gastric “juices”. The gastric enzymes not only help the cow in digestion, but also aid the canine in digesting and efficiently utilizing his food. The amino acids are necessary for muscular development and, the other gastric juices, I believe, are the best cleaner for their teeth! Because of it’s rubbery texture, serving it in large chunks also aids the canine in strengthening it’s jaw muscles and has an added benefit as a form of canine dental floss.” *Afghan Hound Review in 1997 by Mary C. Voss

Whether you wish to admit it or not, dogs, both domesticated and wild, are members of the carnivore family. Anatomically, they are built for it. No one describes this more eloquently than Juliette de Bairacli Levy in her book, The Complete Herbal Book for the Dog A Handbook of Natural Care and Rearing:

“…the dog is a meat eater, from the teeth fashioned for tearing and crushing, the powerful jawbones and muscles, the small, very muscular stomach, the short intestines (to avoid putrefaction of flesh foods), and above all, the very powerful digestive juices peculiar to the carnivorous animals – digestive juices that can dissolve even lumps of bone. In health, the dog’s juices, both of mouth and stomach, are strongly antiseptic, and thus “high” meat and even flesh from diseased animals – food which would kill a human being in a day – can be eaten without harmful effects.”

Ms. Levy’s philosophy of raising dogs is called Natural Rearing and it means just what it says – raising the canine in such a way as to reproduce the way they would exist in their natural state.

For a younger dog or a serious working dog check out the XKaliber ~ Green Tripe, Muscle Meat, Heart, Tongue, Trachea/Gullet and Ground Bone: It helps build muscle, bone and stamina. It is also excellent for older dogs if fed a couple of times per week.

Green Tripe with Trachea & Gullet: Bovine trachea and gullet are the natural source for chondroitin sulfate. Bovine tracheal cartilage has also shown success in helping to isolate cancers, tumors and other diseases by preventing thier growth and spread. The fresh raw trachea and gullet are ground in with the tripe. This is an excellent product for all dogs, especially breeds known for hip/joint problems.

Be sure to try out the K9-Krackle~ Dehydrated pieces of green tripe. These bite size pieces make for the perfect competition bait or training treat.

For lot’s of love try out the Tripe Stuffed Raw Cow Hoof!

So where do you get this fantastic, unbelievably smelly stuff?  Why GreenTripe.com of course. Be sure to stock up for your loved ones.

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