German Shepherd Dog > Anyone use tripe? (38 replies)
Anyone use tripe?
by JillSue on 09 September 2011 - 21:53
|Looking for comments from folks who have used or are using tripe as part of their dogs diet. What....... if any...... changes do you see. |
by eichenluft on 09 September 2011 - 21:58
|yes, I feed the dogs I am working/competing with. Right now, one adult male. Canned green tripe "Tripette" to be specific - much easier to deal with than raw tripe, and the dogs like it better IMO. He gets 1/2 can every night mixed in his kibble. I noticed an increase in body "mass" or muscle, he looked bigger, stronger, heavier but still maintained his leanness - he is not overweight but gained @ 3 lbs, I guess in muscle. His coat looks nice too, though it's always looked pretty good on th TOTW food I feed.|
by Jenni78 on 09 September 2011 - 22:18
|Tripett- no "e", if you're looking for the canned stuff.|
I have used that when I can't get the real stuff- nothing compares to fresh green tripe. Dogs will eat the canned stuff, but they go berserk for the real stuff. I cut it in chunks or strips and feed it outside. If I'm really lazy, I'll freeze it all in a tub and let them chew on it, taking turns. LOL
Teeth turn whiter almost immediately...big difference in just a week or so in a dog who had nasty teeth (I don't notice as much w/my own, whose teeth are always clean, but if I am switching over a senior or strictly kibble-fed dog, the transformation is really fast and obvious.) I have also noticed density in puppies; they are little balls of pure muscle and they weigh a whole lot more than they look like they weigh. I fed my last litter a ton of it and they were absolutely some of the most impressive-looking puppies I have had/seen to date. I like it for pups because of its nearly perfect calcium:phosphorus ratio.
by Pharaoh on 10 September 2011 - 00:25
|Pharaoh and Mariah just LOVE tripe.|
I buy it frozen in 1 or 2 pound chubbs http://greentripe.com
I also buy prepared raw that includes tripe from http://www.excelk9diet.com/menu.htm
It 's nice having it arrive frozen hard in a box on my front porch.
by sueincc on 10 September 2011 - 02:23
|I can't speak to changes in dogs but I have always fed tripe. Like Pharoah, I get mine from http://greentripe.com . I don't have anyone near me that butchers, so fresh oranic grass fed is not an option. I like the product from greentripe.com because it's 100% organic, grass fed beef tripe, and it comes frozen. I feed tripe, organ meat, salmon oil & vit E every morning and whole bones at night. I prefer raw to canned tripe, which is heated because of the canning process.|
by TingiesandTails on 10 September 2011 - 03:38
|YES! I feedraw, previously frozen tripe and switch it with raw, previously frozen raw fish just because I like diversity in dog food. Fed tripe and other raw foods to my dogs the last 30 years. Just wouldn't eat tripe myself, I can't stand the smell of cooked tripe.|
by SitasMom on 10 September 2011 - 05:02
dogs love it
gives them horrible shit breath
gives them the shits......
did I mention - dogs love it......
by Nellie on 10 September 2011 - 09:38
|Yes i have always feed green tripe in chunks frozen or defrosted, the dogs love it although i use gloves to handle it, can't say i notice any difference in my dogs as they have always been feed RAW. I do know i always get comments on how well and healthy my dogs look,|
Mine never have the shits lol
by AmbiiGSD on 10 September 2011 - 12:36
|I used to go to the local abbatoir once a week and bring home fresh cow bags, so fresh they were still warm. Really tough to cut up, hubby used to have to do them for me with a cleaver (I'm not trusted with anything that sharp, having chopped the top off the same finger twice!) but he really can't stand the smell!|
Can't get them anymore and the frozen is Ok but not like straight from the cow. Even though I live in the largest tripe dressing area in the UK - I won't buy bleached for human consumption mainly because the dogs never get to see it, I love it!
by sueincc on 10 September 2011 - 14:13
|Sitasmom: You have mentioned many times that feeding raw gives your dogs the runs. This is a personal problem for you and obviously not the usual for the rest of us, or we wouldn't feed raw. |
My dogs eat tripe every day, and have NEVER experienced the runs or bad breath from eating any raw food, including tripe.
by Jenni78 on 10 September 2011 - 14:17
|I have to wonder if some dogs w/continual diarrhea are either simply nervous types or have an underlying health problem that their owner has failed to treat successfully.|
I have never seen tripe give any dog diarrhea- even an 11yr old rescue who had never had a speck of raw food in his life. Tripe is like "THE" perfect dog food.
by eichenluft on 10 September 2011 - 15:29
|No problems with runny stool with my one dog that gets tripett - I don't feed raw (which is the main reason I prefer the canned variety) but when I used to feed raw as supplement - my dogs turned their noses up at the raw tripe I offered them. And it was so disgusting to handle, and smelled SO BAD that I've never been interested in feeding that again. Canned tripett - that's the way to go LOL - and I do think it makes a difference, at least in my hard-working dog - in muscle mass and tone.|
by JillSue on 10 September 2011 - 19:52
|Thank you to all who commented. I will be adding tripe to the diet here..............canned..........until fall..... when there will be more fresh available. I hope to see a difference in the dogs. I don't have any "problem children" but can't help but believe that over a given time that I will see higher number of sperm in my males and full litters coming from the girls. Birko I believe will benefit from it..............being 10 now..........even though he doesn't show it....will help him feel a bit younger anyway. Again...thanks to all who took the time to comment.|
by laura271 on 10 September 2011 - 23:00
|I buy frozen tripe from Urban Carnivore. Senta really loves it. She's currently very thin so she needs all the calories she can get.|
It's frozen into patties so it's convenient to handle and has minimal odour when frozen. The day I bring a box home, I score a line down the centre of each patty with a cleaver, bag each patty, and then put each patty in my husband's bench vice and squeeze- the patty breaks neatly into two. It sounds complicated but I can do the whole box in about 5 minutes (including running from the kitchen to the basement). This makes it easy to toss the amount I want into Senta's bowl.
by ronin on 11 September 2011 - 09:24
I feed green tripe 3 times a week; due to the longs shifts I do my wife will feed a complete Food in the morning such as Orijen, then in the evenings the dogs gets fed just tripe, sometimes tripe and Orijen, once a week chicken wings, once a week tinned Pilchards or Sardines.
Tripe is low protein, but very high in vitamins and enzymes, unlike processed food its all readily absorbable. The dogs do increase muscle tone, body fat drops, they have a hard sinewy look about them, high energy, solid stools etc.
Bad points is the smell is outrageously bad, you do have to scrub your hands hard afterwards, and the dogs will run through brick walls to get to the tripe!
It really is the food of champions. Gold standard is to feed complete tripe i.e. it hasn't been minced so the dog has to tear it apart, it puts huge strength into the jaw muscles.
by pod on 11 September 2011 - 09:38
|Ah, fresh green tripe...... the good old days :)|
Nothing better for the dogs in my experience. I too used to get it straight from the abottoir and dare I say, the smell of it fresh is just wonerdful! If it's gone off a bit though.... MY GOD, nothing worse!
And agree with above comments, never seemed to cause the shits, and they all had nice clean teeth and great condition. I didn't mind the breath smell.
by hunger4justice on 11 September 2011 - 15:22
|Bernhard Flinks says he uses tripe to teach his dogs to track....would that work with the canned variety? Is it chunky?|
by muttlover25 on 11 September 2011 - 16:12
|We use tripe too, I buy the canned Solid gold and it works great.|
by Bhaugh on 11 September 2011 - 20:47
|I've thought about feeding tripe as I feed raw but I'm super sensitive to smell and I just cant get myself to buy it. I wonder if the increase in mass has anything to do with the steroids that are fed to beef. Dogs that are increasing their size... are the cattle holistically fed?|
by Jenni78 on 11 September 2011 - 21:15
|Yes; all the sources I've ever used were organically raised cattle- grass fed, no antibiotics, no steroids.|