Tripett Dog Food earns the Advisor’s highest rating of 5 stars.
The Tripett product line includes four canned dog foods. Feeding instructions posted on the company website advise…
“Tripett is intended to be supplemented with good quality dry or raw dog food.”1
For this reason, we must assume the product is not designed to meet AAFCO nutritional profiles as a “complete and balanced” dog food when fed as the sole menu item in a canine diet.
- Tripett Original Green Beef Tripe
- Tripett New Zealand Green Lamb Tripe
- Tripett New Zealand Green Venison Tripe
- Tripett Green Beef Tripe, Duck and Salmon
Tripett New Zealand Green Lamb Tripe was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.
Tripett New Zealand Green Lamb Tripe
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: New Zealand lamb tripe, water, garlic, vegetable gum, menhaden fish oil, glucosamine, chondroitin
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.5%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||55%||30%||8%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||41%||54%||6%|
The first ingredient in this dog food lists lamb tripe. Tripe usually consists of the first three chambers of an animal’s stomach. As repulsive as it may seem to us humans, tripe is favored by dogs and sometimes even includes the stomach’s contents.
In any case, lamb meat (including tripe) is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient lists water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The third ingredient is garlic can be a controversial item. Although most experts favor the ingredient for its numerous health benefits, garlic (in rare cases) has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.2
However, the limited professional literature we surveyed provided no definitive warnings regarding the use of garlic — especially when used in small amounts (as it likely is here).
The fourth ingredient is vegetable gum, a plant-based gelling or thickening agent used in many wet pet foods.
Vegetable gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to a recipe.
The fifth ingredient is menhaden oil. Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. Their oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids, two high quality fats boasting the highest bio-availability to both dogs and humans.
What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not exposed to mercury contamination as is typical with deeper water species.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With one notable exception…
We find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list. This is yet another reason this food appears to be for supplemental use only.
Tripett Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Like similar designs, this Tripett dog food is unique in its simplicity.
But being 100% meat, the product was never intended to be fed as a complete and balanced canine diet.
Tripett is a supplement — and a supplement only.
Because they probably lack some essential nutrients, supplemental dog foods should not be fed continuously as the sole item in a dog’s diet.
We prefer to use a product like this as a special treat. Or as an appetizing topper to be served over a dry kibble.
In any case, judging by its ingredients alone, Tripett appears to be a quality product.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 54% and a mean fat level of 30%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 9% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 55%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And very low carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing an abundant amount of meat.
Tripett Dog Food is a meat-based canned product using an abundance of beef, venison or lamb tripe as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand five stars.
However, it’s important to note that some of the recipes in this product line appear to be all meat in design. And that could make them suitable for supplemental feeding only.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
12/26/2010 Original review
10/04/2012 Last Update