What is Green Tripe?

Posted by Derek Vore on 4/18/2012

So buzz is out about green tripe, and how it's healthy for dogs, but what is green tripe?

Green tripe is the stomach of ruminating animals such as cattle, deer, sheep, buffalo, goats, and antelope. These are the hooved animals that chew their cud and utilize a four-chamber stomach for digestion. The four chambers of their stomachs are known as the rumen, the reticulum, the omasum, and the abomasum.

When these animals eat grasses or hays, the food is swallowed unchewed and passes into the rumen and reticulum. From there, it's regurgitated, chewed, and combined with saliva. Once the animal finishes chewing, it swallows the food which then passes through the reticulum and omasum into the abomasum. In the abomasum, the food is broken down even more by the gastric juices, amino acids, and other enzymes.

Does this sound appetizing yet? It should, because those same gastric juices and enzymes that helped the cattle digest their grass can help your dog to digest food and bones. Not only that, but the amino acids found in green tripe can help aid in muscle development and cleaner teeth.

Now you're probably still wondering if green tripe is actually green in color? Well, it can have a green hue or tint to it at times that's left behind by grass, but green tripe is naturally brown in color! So why is it called green tripe? The word "green" is used to refer to its natural "un-touched" state. Green tripe is organic, uncooked, unflavored tripe from grass-fed, free-range cattle. In the end, it may be freeze-dried for preservation, as freeze-drying preserves the nutrients and beneficial ingredients within the tripe.

So when considering what kind of treat to feed your dog, consider trying some freeze-dried green tripe. It's quite possibly the healthiest choice, and your dog will love you for it.