Today I’d like to share another quick KONG filling recipe with you that I tried out last week. I had just received our monthly order of raw food from Raw Paws Pet Food, and while unpacking our box I noticed that I had ordered a bag of freeze-dried beef green tripe TREATS instead of raw frozen ground beef green tripe. DUH.
As I went to put the treats into our food storage container in our pantry, I happened to notice the pups’ KONG food puzzles and the peanut butter sitting right next to it, and pawlà, my next KONG filler idea was born 😉
Since the pups had already been drooling more or less while watching me unpack their food box, I figured I might as well whip up a quick KONG filler for them that’ll keep them entertained for a while.
Filled food puzzles such as KONGs are wonderful boredom busters for dogs, and I use them whenever I need to keep the pups busy.
All I used was some of the creamy peanut butter (make sure not to use any peanut butter containing the sweetener xylitol which is toxic to dogs) & some freeze-dried beef green tripe treats.
I mixed it all together in a bowl, and then filled the pups’ respective KONGs with the scrumptious mélange.
It took them about 20 minutes to empty the KONGs, but they spent at least an additional 30 licking at them, making sure they REALLY got every last tiny bit. Green tripe has that effect – it really is doggie crack, but the healthy kind!!!
What’s So Special About Green Tripe?
I’ll give you a quick overview of green tripe – if you’d like to read up more about it, please check out my post on:
So tripe is the stomach lining of a ruminant animal (e.g. cow, goat, sheep) that contains high amounts of digestive enzymes. The latter are the good intestinal bacteria that support healthy digestion, which makes tripe easily digestible (it’s wonderful to treat both diarrhea & constipation). Tripe is rich in amino acids & essential fatty acids, which make it a great immune-system booster!
Green tripe means that the tripe hasn’t been processed (neither bleached, cleaned, nor scalded), which is why you won’t find green tripe in human supermarkets.
Crumbly Texture Makes For A Perfect Food Topper
The tripe these particular freeze-dried treats are made of is sourced from the stomach muscles of USA raised, free range cows.
They come in a 4 oz resealable bag, which actually makes it great to take along on road trips. The texture is pretty crumbly though, which is why I wouldn’t recommend taking those treats along to a training class.
They do make a fantastic food topper, however, and can be used to transition a dog from kibble to raw food, to entice a picky eater to dig in at mealtime, or as a snack in-between!