Menudo For Your Dog? No, Green Tripe!

Menudo For Your Dog? No, Green Tripe!

Menudo For Your Dog? No, Green Tripe! By Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogGrowing up Latina, food was a mainstay for our holidays. Generations gathered at abuelita’s (little grandma’s) house to create gastronomical delights. The big, wooden kitchen table was the central hub where, regardless of family dynamics – my tia’s (aunts) could take arguing to a whole new level – everyone united to prepare empanadas, tamales and menudo. As a kid it was empowering, being a part of the adult community, enjoying the melodic cadence of Spanish speakers making food. There’s a but, coming…. but making menudo stinks! Why? Because it has tripe in it – preparing tripe has a funky smell. Yep, it does – I’ll get into that a bit more when I release my newest book Piñata Diaries (draft image to the right). Back to the dogs now: so imagine my surprise when I heard that tripe is good for dogs. Menudo for your dog?

Menudo For Your Dog? Not Exactly!

Tripe, green tripe to be exact, is quite the little magical elixir for your pooch. Now, don’t go running off to a Latin market, they don’t have the tripe your looking for (it’s all cleaned and bleached). Raw tripe comes from four chambered stomach of grazing animal (e.g. venison, cows, buffalo, etc.), and ‘green’ means that the tripe still has all of good digestive enzymes and helpful bacteria for your dog’s probiotic health needs. So, no warm menudo soup for your dog – but Fido will dig yummy, healthy green tripe!

No Family Gatherings To Make Green Tripe?

Menudo For Your Dog? No, Green Tripe! By Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogNot exactly, unless you consider opening a package or can of tripe a family adventure. We’ve found a few places to get tripe while shopping from the comfort of your sofa (aint this decade great – remember when you actually had to drive to the butcher!?!). A few of our favorites are:

Darwin’s: From organic, grass fed beef and an excellent source of green tripe. Nothing else. Has a robust odor (that’s code for: stainky). Packaged frozen, we semi-thaw, separate it out in serving sizes in tiny containers and put it back in the freezer. Pull one out each day and serve. Your dogs will go crazy for Darwin’s green tripe.

PetKind: In a variety of gluten and grain free flavors such as beef, bison, lamb, and venison. PetKind’s tripe is akin to a moist dog food and is relatively odorless. We serve PetKind when we travel or during busy times when we need things super easy.

Go Ahead – Add Some Green Tripe To Your Dog’s Diet!

underdogThey’ll benefit from the Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids (minimizing inflammatory responses) and the balanced calcium and phosphorous electrolytes that help regulate skeletal, cardiac and muscle contractions, and nerve/electrical membrane transmissions. Who know’s maybe by adding green tripe to your pup’s meals he’ll be the next Underdog (too old of a reference for you?)!

Check out Darwin’s and let them know MattieDog sent you, and for a quick convenience give PetKind a try (click here to shop).

Thanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!

Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog


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  1. OMC! I thought you were talking about the group Menudo. I was gonna tell you the Tripes were sooooo much better. MOL! TW has a bunch of their records. I wonder if I’d like tripe and I wonder if it’s good for cats too. I’ll have to look into it. MY BFGF Savannah has something sprinkled—I think it’s tripe—on her foods. Thanks for letting me know about it.

  2. I’ve never tried feeding green tripe, but I’m guessing my girls would love it! Definitely going to look into this for them! Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!

  3. I had no idea that this was good for your dog! We may have to try it out. Thanks!

  4. Hmm … I’m not sure if I’ve smelled tripe before or not. I definitely haven’t eaten it. But it’s cool that it’s made green for dogs. It has to be good for them. We don’t have dogs here anymore. Just cats. I’ll do a little research and see if they can have some. Thanks so much for your informative (and fun) read! I like your writing style. 🙂

    • Thank you so much – and please feel free to come back and share what you learned about its’ benefits for cats!

  5. I’ve fed Chester and Gretel green tripe before. Mostly it was because we got a deal on an order from Darwin’s that included it. Now that Chester may have IBD, and definitely needs to put on some weight, I’ve been feeding to him regularly. It does certainly stink though. I’ve only used a few kinds but actually found Darwin’s to smell the least icky.
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    • Darwin’s is the zero processed type, and for all of the nutritional value it offers – we think it’s the stinking best! 🙂

  6. I have never fed my dogs tripe. I’m not sure I’d have the stomach for it even though they’d love it. I’ll have to get my hubs to do it for me… for them! This was a great insight into your family life — loved it!

  7. I certainly have tried. No matter how tiny tiny the portion – he just will not eat it. Love how story telling this post was in approach.

  8. Tripe is pretty stinky. I don’t think Mr. N has had it in a while. Not in food form anyway, I think in treats.

  9. My dogs haven’t ever had tripe, but it sounds like it might be good for them. I admit though I am a little queasy when it comes to raw meat and stinky stuff.

  10. We have long been fans of green tripe. The dogs love it. It is stinky, but dogs love stinky, right? 🙂

  11. Tripe is part of our pack’s diet too! We feed raw, and I agree, it is not a nice smell. Dogs LOVE it, though.

  12. I have heard a lot about raw diets through a friend but have never thought to add tripe…I’ll have to pass that along to her as well! Thanks for the great info!

  13. My dogs love green tripe! I just hate the way it smells, so I don’t give it to them very often…

  14. I can’t wait to learn more about your book! Great post. I haven’t really thought of using tripe for treats so this is helpful to know about.


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