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by Jessejones on 06 November 2018 - 18:11

Good strong grinders are expensive and there are a lot of crap grinders out there. Do research if you are going to get one. But, it can be sickening to do.

My butcher shop does offer to grind a meat bone mix. So ask around.

The green tripe is tricky as a normal supermarket will tell you they are not allowed to sell it as it is not for human consumption. Bleached tripe often used for Mexican dishes, is useless for dogs and perhaps even toxic raw because of the bleach.
I get my frozen green tripe and frozen pancreas from greentripe.com which my pet store carries in the freezer section.

by joanro on 06 November 2018 - 19:11

The grinder I had was a Weston, commercial and was about $300. I could grind the backbone, ribs and pelvis of a weanling goat in it...no problem. Leg bones not so much...they were too hard. Ground up chicken like it was cheese.

by susie on 06 November 2018 - 19:11

Green tripe - in my opinion the most beneficial raw food for dogs.
Once in a while some fat and the dog is fine..
Supermarkets don't sell it, commercial pet suppliers are way too expensive.

I used to buy a whole tripe (or 2 ) at the slaughterhouse, not washed, not cleaned, for very cheap money.

You just need a fridge (mine was in the yard) and a knife, nothing else.

But please, always feed outside, because the dogs tend to shake the tripe
😎, and take care they can't open the fridge by themselves, cost me a lot of money....one of my dogs opened the fridge by himself and ate x pounds of tripe...the vet was pretty amused...

In case you don't want to feed bones - Cook them for a long time and use the extract, not the bone.
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by mrdarcy on 06 November 2018 - 20:11

Susie, your post brought back memories for me, especially the shaking, lol, and the getting into the fridge, had that happen with a litter of pups many many years ago.... Didn't need the vet though so I was lucky, puppies slept it off and were fine, lol.


by 1Ruger1 on 06 November 2018 - 20:11


This is a great thread !! Thanks everyone !!

If you could hear the funny responses from the local butcher shops to my inquiries for ground chicken with the bone left in ~ well, you would die laughing !

We live in a very uppity city in a suburb outside of Cleveland lol ! You would think I was asking for them to grind up thier own family pet !!

Anyway, no can do !

So I called the big butcher shop where my parents live in the country and he acted like it was no big thing !!
Waiting on a price for 40 lbs ~

Found canned green tripe at the natural pet
store down the road $3.50 a can.


by Jessejones on 06 November 2018 - 20:11

A REAL butcher will say no problem. Glad you found one!

Problem is that the profession and the internship learning of real old-time family butchers is disappearing faster than the dodo bird! Supermarkets usually can’t and wont do didly squat...

Canned tripe...no go for me. Nor freeze dried.
Only fresh has all the nasty but good bacteria/probiotics that make this such a special and important food for dogs. If you don’t know fresh green tripe yet, be prepared for a nose/smell orgy! It might bowl you over the first time.

Yes, Susie, I bought a few pound of tripe from a slaughter butcher before. But it is so huge and smelly, and what a task to cut into portion sizes to re-freeze. One really does have to work outside.

It is an excellent food...when I bring out the raw tripe, my dogs do the jig! If only I could use it for training treats, in my pocket, I’d win the nationals for sure.


by 1Ruger1 on 06 November 2018 - 23:11

Jessi~ he said he would ground up chicken quarters for 79 cents a lb !
I think that’s a good price😊

What else could I ask him to throw into the mix !
Any suggestions?


by Nans gsd on 07 November 2018 - 01:11

1Rugar1 Organ meats and complete for now. Freeze in l/2 lb baggies and feed. You don't have to feed tripe.


by 1Ruger1 on 07 November 2018 - 02:11

Nan~ I’ll call him tmrw and ask about the organ meats.👍🏼
You mention freezing in 1/2 lb baggies.
Is that ones days feeding in your opinion? For one dog ..


by Appleboat26 on 07 November 2018 - 02:11

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Jesse...your dog is beautiful.

Rocky is the first dog I have fed raw. He was weaned to raw as a puppy by his breeder and because I believed in it, at least in theory, I wanted to continue to feed that way. All my rescues had digestive issues, probably from being fed cheap kibble and I found they did much better eating "people" food, but I always cooked it. I just couldn't imagine throwing some raw meat at them and letting them tear it up, but...
THAT is exactly what I am doing now. At first, it was work intensive, and messy, and super gross...but he was a puppy and I had no idea what I was doing. We have it figured out now. and it is pretty easy. Rocket doesn't really like fruits and vegetables, so he eats almost all meat and fish. I try to use a variety of proteins at every meal and I do use a supplement from NuVet, but mostly I throw huge hunks of meat still on the bone in his bowl, add some organ meats, put it in his kennel with him and walk away.  A typical meal for him is a chicken leg, a few pork necks, some chunks of beef, and a few chicken livers. He also eats a few raw eggs every morning and because he is a puppy and still gnawing on everything, I also give him a beef bone from the local butcher daily. His weight is perfect, his teeth are super white, his coat is shiny and usually, he poops just once a day. 

PS. We are doing so much better..behaviorally speaking. Thank you all again for your help.

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