Tripe is a superfood for pets. But not all tripes are made equal.

If you have been a raw feeder for long, then you have heard of the many benefits of raw green tripe. Raw, green tripe from ruminant animals offer a rich blend of pro-biotics and essential vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.  Like kombucha for your dog, adding Tripe to your raw feeding regimen will promote digestive health and vitality.

But you may find yourself asking is there a difference between beef, lamb, & goat tripe? Well, today we are going to take a deep dive into goat tripe & how it stands apart from the rest. 

Diet Differences in Ruminants:

To understand the main difference between goat tripe & that of other ruminants. We need to first look at the diet of a goat & compare that to what other ruminants eat. Goats eat a wider variety of plants than any other ruminant animal, which leads to a greater diversity of microbes in the goat's rumens. 

Cattle and sheep graze.  They’re often called “grass-fed,” which is itself a misnomer in the sense that a healthy diet for sheep or cow would include a wide range of ground-growing forages such as clover, alfalfa, dandelion, and grass.  But cattle and sheep are notorious among ranchers for their picky diets—leaving behind thistles, ragweed, wild carrots and onions, and other weeds. 

Goats, on the other hand, have a vastly broader palate. To start, they do not “graze."  Technically, they are said by biologists to “browse” instead.  They prefer to forage with their heads up and eat a diet of plants they can find at eye-level, or even higher!  Goats will climb to get to tree branches, devour shrubberies, briars, and climbing vines.  Even if they look down for those grasses and clovers, they will also gladly devour thistle and other weeds that lamb and cattle leave behind. 

What does this mean for your pet’s diet?  More variety in foods eaten means more diversity of microbes for the goat means more variety of microbes for your carnivore when they eat the raw green goat tripe! The more friendly microbes in your pet's digestive tract the better for the overall health & longevity of your fur-friend!

In addition, to this large diversity of friendly microbes raw goat tripe also offers many other nutritional benefits including:

  1. Rich in Essential Nutrients:Tripe is packed with essential nutrients like protein, vitamins (B12, B6, and niacin), minerals (iron, zinc, and phosphorus), and healthy fats. These nutrients are vital for your pet's overall health, immune function, and energy levels.
  2. Highly Digestible:Tripe is highly digestible for pets. Its composition and texture make it easy for pets to break down and absorb nutrients effectively.
  3. Palatability:Many pets find raw goat tripe highly palatable! Most carnivores love it at first sniff!

How to Feed Raw Green Goat Tripe:

For raw feeders, tripe counts as part of the meat portion of the diet. You can feed it daily as part of your pet's diet if you choose or use it as the occasional treat or to help calm upset tummies.

If you have never fed your carnivore a raw diet before feeding raw green goat tripe as a topper to your pet's current food is a great place to start! Starting with tripe is fantastic because most pets love it & it helps the digestive tract transition to raw more easily because of all the friendly microbes in the tripe. But we warned it is a bit stinky to us humans... But your pet will certainly thank you for it!

Who Benefits Most from Raw Goat Tripe? While all carnivorous pets can benefit from raw goat tripe, certain groups may find it especially advantageous:

  1. Pets with Digestive Sensitivities:Tripe's digestibility and probiotic content can benefit pets with digestive issues or sensitivities. Have a pet with beef sensitivity? Goat tripe is an excellent alternative. 
  2. Growing Puppies and Kittens:Young animals in their growth stages can benefit from tripe's nutrient density for healthy development. The microbes are also especially helpful for helping create a strong immune system & lifelong healthy gut!
  3. Senior Pets:Older pets may benefit from tripe's easily digestible nutrients and probiotics for improved gut health and nutrient absorption.
  4. Pets with Allergies:Goat tripe is a novel protein source that may be suitable for pets with food allergies or intolerances to common proteins. The microbes can also help to heal the gut which can alleviate some allergy symptoms. 

In the end, raw green goat tripe is a nutrient-rich, easy-to-digest, microbe-rich superfood for your carnivore! Now this is not to say that the only kind of tripe you should feed is goat tripe. Each raw tripe from different animals has its benefits. As with all fresh feeding, variety is key, even when it comes to the tripe you feed!


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