Raw green tripe for dogs

Raw Green Tripe for Dogs

Raw green tripe for dogs is one of my favorite ingredients in raw dog food!

Or maybe I should say it’s one of my pup’s favorite ingredients.

Wally LOVES his green tripe raw dog food, and so did my pups Missy & Buzz.

That said, here’s what I’ll cover in this blog post:

  • What is green tripe?
  • Benefits of green tripe for dogs
  • Is green or white tripe better for dogs?
  • Where to buy tripe for a dog
  • What about canned green tripe?
  • Green tripe treats
  • How to feed green tripe
  • How much green tripe to feed dog
  • How long does green tripe last in the fridge?
  • What is the disadvantage of green tripe?

Raw Green Tripe for Dogs

All about green tripe for dogs

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What is Green Tripe for Dogs

But what is tripe in the first place?

Well, green tripe is the stomach lining of ruminant animals.

Beef green tripe from cows is probably the best known kind, but there’s also green tripe from bison, goats, sheep/lamb and venison.

Which is good news for anyone whose dog doesn’t do well with anything beef!

While it sounds disgusting, green tripe is a real superfood for dogs, and in the next section, we’ll talk about why that is.

Benefits of Green Tripe for Dogs

There’s lots of green tripe benefits for dogs!

First of all, raw green tripe is chock full of digestive enzymes because it’s the fermented stomach contents of ruminant animals.

That’s what makes it super valuable for your dog’s gut health.

But the gastric juices also help keep your dog’s teeth clean!

Since green tripe is a great source of protein, it’s also rich in amino acids, the building blocks of protein.

Amino acids help build and repair body tissue and muscles.

Additionally, green tripe is rich in essential fatty acids which are important for a healthy skin & coat as well as joint health.

But green tripe doesn’t just look good on paper, it’s also pretty irresistible to dogs as far as taste is concerned!

Keeping that in mind, it’s great to entice picky eaters to dig in. You can even hide cuts of raw meat in it your dog doesn’t love.

For example, liver.

Is Green or White Tripe Better for Dogs?

When it comes to green tripe vs white tripe, you only want to feed your dog green tripe.

The white honeycomb kind you can buy at grocery stores has been bleached and is nutritionally void.

So while you can technically feed it, it’s a waste of money!

Where to Buy Raw Green Tripe for Dogs

Since the grocery store is off the table to source green tripe, you either have to buy green tripe from raw dog food retailers or find a hunter, wildlife processor or farmer to get some from.

As far as I’m concerned, raw dog food retailers are the easiest and most convenient source of green tripe for dogs.

So below are the frozen green tripe suppliers I’m aware of in the US. They carry green tripe from a variety of animals (beef, lamb, goat).

Raw Paws Pet Food (Indiana)

Here’s what you’ll find at Raw Paws Pet Food’s green tripe section (beef, goat, lamb):

They also have tripe raw dog food, specifically a beef and tripe raw dog food.

That’s a complete beef blend mixed with green tripe. This is a great option if you’re looking for a convenient way of adding green tripe to your pup’s ready-to-feed meals.

These are its ingredients:

Beef Round, Beef Meat, Green Beef Tripe, Beef Bone, Beef Heart, Beef Tongue, Beef Liver, Beef Kidney, Beef Spleen, Beef Suet.

Use my affiliate discount code K9Savings for 15% OFF any of Raw Paws Pet Food’s green tripe (or anything else).

I’ve written about Raw Paws Pet Food’s beef green tripe here.

And about the Raw Paws Pet Food lamb green tripe here.

Raw Feeding Miami (Florida)

Raw Feeding Miami has a green tripe section with the following options (lamb, beef, bison, elk):

Similar to Raw Paws Pet Food, they also carry a beef and green tripe grind that can be fed as-is.

But it’s important to note that it features poultry bones (if your pup doesn’t do well with poultry):

Contains ground up beef: meat, heart, liver, kidney, green tripe, poultry bone

Additionally, they also carry a chicken and beef green tripe grind:

Contains ground up whole chickens, chicken hearts, chicken liver, beef green tripe.

Tip: Save 10% on your first order from Raw Feeding Miami with my referral link.

K9sOverCoffee. com | Bison green tripe from Raw Feeding Miami
Bison green tripe from Raw Feeding Miami

My Pet Carnivore (Indiana)

My Pet Carnivore has the following green tripe for dogs (beef, goat, lamb):

They also have a ground green beef tripe supermix. Here’s what’s in it:

50% green beef tripe, 40% beef muscle meat/bone/organ, 10% beef trachea & gullet

Hare Today (Pennsylvania)

Hare Today has the following options in their green tripe section (beef, goat):

They also have a complete beef option that includes green tripe. Here’s what’s in it:

  • 73% beef trim
  • 9% beef ribs
  • 4.5% beef liver
  • 4.5% beef kidney
  • 3% beef tripe
  • 2% beef heart
  • 2% beef lung
  • 2% beef gullet

BJ’s Raw Pet Food

BJ’s Raw Pet Food carries the following types of green tripe (beef, goat, lamb):

They also carry a complete goat blend that includes goat green tripe. Here’s what’s in it:

Whole Goat, Heart, Bone, Lung, Liver, Spleen, Goat Green Tripe

What About Canned Green Tripe for Dogs?

Besides fresh green tripe, there’s also canned green tripe for dogs.

However, the only kind I’m aware of is Tripett New Zealand Tripe, and it has carrageenan gum on its ingredient list.

I don’t love seeing that ingredient on the labels because according to studies, carrageenan gum can have inflammatory and even carcinogenic effects on animals.

That’s why I personally don’t feed canned green tripe.

Green Tripe Treats for Dogs

In my opinion, a much better alternative to canned green tripe are green tripe treats.

Almost every raw dog food retailer who carries fresh green tripe also has at least one dehydrated or freeze-dried green tripe option.

You can also find green tripe treats on Amazon:

How to Feed Green Tripe

You can feed green tripe a few different ways:

(1) Buy premade raw dog food that already has green tripe in it

Complete beef with green beef tripe from Raw Paws Pet Food
Complete beef with green tripe from Raw Paws Pet Food

(2) Add green tripe to your DIY raw dog food meals

Chunked beef green tripe
Chunked green tripe from Raw Feeding Miami
Lamb green tripe with spleen
Whole green lamb tripe I bought from a raw dog food retailer in Germany

(3) Feed dehydrated or freeze-dried green tripe treats as meal toppers or training rewards

Raw Paws Pet Food Freeze-Dried Beef Green Tripe is on my list of best single-ingredient treats for dogs
Raw Paws Pet Food Freeze-Dried Beef Green Tripe Treats

How Much Tripe To Feed A Dog

You can feed your adult dog roughly 20-30% of their daily raw dog food allowance in green tripe.

In raw feeding, green tripe is classified as muscle meat.

If you follow the 70/10/10/10 raw feeding formula where the 70 stands for 70% muscle meat, green tripe will be in that bucket.

I feed my adult 38lb pup Wally at a 2.5% maintenance percentage, so his daily raw dog food allowance looks something like this:

38/100 – 0.38 x 2.5 = 0.95lb = 15.2oz. Here’s how it breaks down:

  • 10.64oz muscle meat (70%, of that 3-4.5oz green tripe)
  • 1.52 oz raw meaty bone (10%)
  • 1.52oz secreting organs (5% liver, 5% other secreting organs)
  • 1.52oz plant matter (10% veggies, fruit, soaked & ground seeds and nuts)

That said, I don’t follow the daily green tripe allowance to a T, and you don’t have to either (unless you want to, of course).

Raw dog food meal prep featuring duck feet, duck gizzards and ground lamb, hread herring, beef green tripe, and secreting organ mix Monstermash
Meal prep with raw green tripe (far back on the left of the paper towels)

How Often Should I Feed Raw Tripe For Dogs?

There are some days when I don’t add any green tripe at all and others when I add more or less green tripe than the 3-4.5oz.

I’d drive myself nuts doing super detailed calculations for every single meal, so I opt not to.

As long as you achieve balance over a 7-10 day time frame, your (adult) pup is perfectly fine.

Note that this approach doesn’t work for puppies.

To learn more about percentages in raw feeding, check out my blog post How to Measure Percentages in Raw Feeding.

Raw Dog Dinner- Beef, Green Tripe, Duck Neck, Pumpkin Puree, Turmeric Paste
Raw dog food with beef green tripe

How Long Does Green Tripe Last in the Fridge?

Like any other cuts of meat, thawed green tripe lasts 4 days in the fridge.

After that, you’d have to (re) freeze to keep it from spoiling.

Can I Mix Green Tripe with Kibble?

And can you feed raw tripe with kibble?

Yes, you can.

Remember that it’s an amazing gut health booster for dogs, so you can add it to your dog’s kibble even (or should I say, especially if) they have digestive issues.

If they’re a fussy eater, adding a green tripe topper to kibble can also entice them to eat their dry dog food.

For more information on mixing kibble with raw dog food in general, check out my blog post Can I feed kibble and raw dog food together?

What Is The Disadvantage of Green Tripe?

OK, admittedly, there’s one thing I haven’t touched on yet, so here it goes.

Green tripe is some stinky stuff.

Like really stinky.

Which is actually great news because dogs are into stinky stuff! The smellier something is, the more interested they’re going to be in it.

So anyone who’s the proud pawrent of a fussy eater, remember this when you’re trying to come up with ways to get your pup to eat!

Over the years, I’ve gotten used to the smell so I honestly don’t mind it, especially because I know how incredibly nutritious it is for my pup.

Here’s a tip for anyone who wants to make their own raw dog food and is not crazy about the green tripe smell: only thaw it partially.

When it’s still somewhat frozen, it smells a lot less. It’s also easier to cut that way if you buy it in chunks or strips rather than ground.

Raw Green Tripe for Dogs: Bottom Line

There’s lots of nutrients in tripe that make it a nutritional powerhouse for dogs!

The nutrient rich lining of ruminants is rich in digestive enzymes, fatty- and amino acids which are important for gut, skin, coat and dental health.

You can feed green tripe raw as part of your dog’s daily raw dog food diet as well as dehydrated or freeze-dried as dog treats or food toppers.

The most convenient way of feeding it is by buying commercial tripe raw dog food that’s ready to be fed as is.

For example, the complete beef blend mixed with green tripe from Raw Paws Pet Food.

While it’s on the smelly side, green tripe is an important part of a balanced raw dog food diet and can entice picky eaters to eat.

What’s your pups favorite green tripe? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below this blog post!

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Barbara launched her blog K9sOverCoffee in 2014 and has been feeding her dogs raw dog food since 2015. As a former professional dog walker, she’s passionate about balancing species-appropriate exercise with healthy dog nutrition. Barbara is raw dog food nutrition certified from “Dogs Naturally Magazine” and the author of several e-books about minimally processed, balanced raw dog food.


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2 responses to “Raw Green Tripe for Dogs”

  1. David thomas Avatar
    David thomas

    PetKind That’s It! Beef Tripe Grain-Free Canned Dog Food, 12.8-oz, case of 12 Beef Tripe, Beef, Water, Sweet Potato, Quinoa, Blueberry.

    1. Barbara Rivers Avatar

      Thanks for sharing, David Thomas! I’m not aware of that particular kind with the sweet potato, quinoa and blueberry. Does it have guar gum or carrageenan, too? Those are controversial thickening ingredients in canned dog food, and the Tripett Beef and Venison Tripe have it on their ingredient lists.

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