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What is tripe and why should I feed it to my dog?

What is tripe and why should I feed it to my dog?


What is Tripe?

Tripe is the stomach lining 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 then 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.

Essentially the digestive process of a ruminant is something like a fermentation process with good bacteria acting to aid in the digestion of the hay, grasses and grains. It is the abomasum (from NZ lamb) that is used in NUTRIPE.

Green tripe is unprocessed tripe (unlike tripe for humans which has been washed and bleached and lost most of its nutrients).

Due to the fermentation process tripe provides a food that is incredibly rich in:

  • natural digestive enzymes (Lactobacillus acidophilus, the lactic acid bacteria that is the main ingredient in probiotics)
  • vitamins (B-complex, as well as A, C, D, and E)
  • minerals (magnesium & potassium)
  • fatty acids (Omega 3 & 6 - linoleic, linolenic)
  • amino acids ( taurine).

Tripe also has a perfect calcium/phosphorous ratio (1:1).

Benefits of feeding tripe:

  • Gentle food – suitable for puppies, sensitive stomachs, IBD (useful for diarrhoea as well as constipation)
  • Supports a healthy digestive system
  • Great for skin & coat
  • Chronic Renal Failure – Perfect calcium/phosphorous ratio, mid-level protein levels, slightly acidic Ph.
  • Highly palatable – great for fussy eaters
  • Improves immune system


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