Have you ever heard of tripe? Tripe is the unprocessed stomach of a ruminating (grazing) animal including cow, buffalo and sheep. Before dogs were domesticated, they would hunt and devour the most vital organs of their prey, including the stomach (tripe). Although this may sound gross, tripe is fast becoming a popular supplement for dogs.
What are the health benefits of beef tripe for dogs?
Tripe contains probiotics which is a type of beneficial bacteria that helps boost immune systems and promotes digestive health. Probiotics affect gut health and aid in digestion. For dogs that experience digestive problems like diarrhea, supplementing their diet with probiotics is often recommended.
Tripe contains digestive enzymes. The same digestive enzymes that a ruminating animal would use to break down their food and turn it into nutrients can also be used by dogs. Supplementing a dog’s diet with enzymes may help facilitate digestion and help your pet digest food at a faster rate.
Tripe contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Fatty acids have many health benefits for dogs. They may help boost a dog’s immune system, reduce joint inflammation and help produce a healthy skin and coat. Check out our blog on omega 3s to learn more of the benefits of supplementing your dog’s diet with fatty acids.
Vitamins and minerals
Tripe is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals like calcium and phosphorus. Rather than using a synthetic vitamin or additive, these vitamins and minerals are naturally occurring in tripe.
Tripe is packed full of protein which helps dogs grow strong muscles and bones. Protein also helps provide dogs with the energy they need to feel their best throughout the day and helps your dog grow thick, healthy fur.
What else can tripe help with?
Enticing for picky eaters
We already mentioned that tripe is kind of gross and it’s also smelly. But that awful smell that we don’t like is often just the ticket to convince a picky dog to eat. Dogs love the smell and taste of tripe. Use it as a daily additive to their regular food or as a special treat. For dogs that need to gain weight, adding tripe to their diet helps entice them to eat.
Perfect for pregnant or nursing dogs
For dogs that are pregnant or recently gave birth, tripe is an excellent supplement choice because it provides them with a boost of calcium and nutrition. It also provides protein, which a mother dog needs to help support her puppies.
Coprophagia is a fancy word for when dogs eat poop. Although there are many reasons a dog may eat poop—in fact, we have entire blog about it—a common reason is because they may be missing nutrients or digestive enzymes in their diet. Supplementing a dog’s diet with tripe may provide them with the probiotics, enzymes and nutrients they’re lacking, which will help them cut back on their gross habit of eating poop.
Supplementing a dog’s diet with tripe may help soothe sensitive stomachs and improve digestion. Symptoms like diarrhea, gas and upset tummies may be alleviated by adding tripe to your dog’s diet. The naturally occurring probiotics and digestive enzymes found in tripe are a great dietary additive for dogs with food allergies or intolerances.
Vital Essentials Beef Tripe
Vital Essentials Beef Tripe is the perfect nutritional supplement that can be added to raw diets or traditional kibble. Made of pure, fresh Beef Tripe, this raw supplement contains an exotic taste that will entice even the pickiest of eaters. Beef Tripe is a superfood that is naturally high in protein and made with only a single ingredient, just 100% USA made, grain-free Beef Tripe. The tripe acts as a natural supplement to add the benefits of raw into a dog’s diet. Vital Essentials Beef Tripe is available in Freeze-Dried Nibblets, Freeze-Dried Treats and Frozen Patties. Each easy-to-digest variety provides superior canine nutrition for our best fur-iends!
To make a long story short, if you aren’t supplementing your dog’s diet with tripe, maybe it’s time to give it a try. This stinky stuff may be the key to helping your dog look and feel their very best. Bonus: Sign up for our email list and we’ll send you coupons and special savings throughout the year to use on your pet’s favorite food, treats, toppers and supplements!