Tripe is raw, unprocessed stomach tissue from ruminants, such as cows or sheep. Nutritionally, tripe has a 1:1 calcium to phosphorus ratio and is slightly acidic, both of which are ideal for a dog's digestion. Tripe also contains the essential omega-6 and -3 fatty acids in their recommended proportions, as well as magnesium, potassium, B-complex vitamins, the amino acid taurine, other amino acids essential for muscular development. Home to large amounts of Lactobacillus acidophilus, an intestinal bacteria that keeps unwanted bacteria such as e-coli and salmonella from overpopulating the gut and causing health problems, green tripe has an excellent balance of microflora, crucial for maintaining proper health and keeping the immune system in good shape.
Unlike other tripe sold on the market, Idahound strictly adheres to the idea of raw GREEN tripe. There is no bleaching, no heat treatment, and no other industrial processes used that would lower the nutritional value of certain vitamins and enzymes. After thoroughly emptying and cleaning the four compartments of the animal's stomach Idahound coarsely grinds the entire organ, including the rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum.
You may have noticed that we like using the whole animal: meat, fat, organs, etc. Raising livestock requires a lot of energy, feed and water. As a result, every pound on an animal has value and, when possible, nothing should be wasted. To encourage the practice of holistic processing, any cart filled with frozen foods will automatically see the price of treats drop 10% (must be logged in). Achieve a balance and save.
Why only beef and sheep? Our proteins are limited because we only buy grass-fed, humanely-raised animals within a hundred miles or so from our ranch. This keeps our carbon footprint a little lower and our foods a lot fresher. Dogs are significant members of our food system. How their food is made and the energy inputs that go into it should not be ignored.