Tripett Dog Food (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Tripett Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Tripett product line includes five canned dog foods, intended for AAFCO nutrient profiles supplemental feeding only.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Tripett Green Bison Tripe
  • Tripett Original Green Beef Tripe
  • Tripett Green Beef Tripe and Venison
  • Tripett New Zealand Green Lamb Tripe
  • Tripett Green Beef Tripe, Duck and Salmon

Tripett New Zealand Green Lamb Tripe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Tripett New Zealand Green Lamb Tripe

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 55% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 3%

Ingredients: New Zealand lamb tripe, water, garlic, carrageenan gum

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.5%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis11%7%NA
Dry Matter Basis55%35%3%
Calorie Weighted Basis39%60%2%

The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb tripe. Tripe usually consists of the first three chambers of a cud-chewing animal’s stomach. As unappetizing as it may seem to us humans, tripe is favored by dogs and sometimes even includes the stomach’s contents, too.

The second ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The third ingredient is garlic which 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.1

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 carrageenan gum, a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

We find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list. We would assume these essential nutrients are provided by the food ingredients in the recipe.

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.

With that in mind…

Judging by its ingredients alone, Tripett looks like an above-average wet 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 55%, a fat level of 35% and estimated carbohydrates of about 3%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 52% and a mean fat level of 30%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 10% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing an abundance of meat.

Bottom line?

Tripett is a meat-based canned product using a significant amount of tripe from various species as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended for supplemental feeding only.

Special Alert

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
04/19/2014 Last Update

  1. Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005)
  • Shawna

    OH NICE!! Thanks HDM!!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Annie’s foods are in BPA free cans.

    http://www.annies.com/products/canned-meals

  • Nancy Calloway

    I agree. Crazzzzy world. Consumer driven and if they THINK they can slip one by us, guess what? THEY WILL. So thanks again to DR MIKE for creating this site!!

  • Shawna

    Oops, I missed your post about Eden until after I posted about the same.. LOVE Eden foods!!!

    What gets me is BPA laden baby bottles and children’s sippy cups!!!

  • Shawna

    Last I knew that was correct for all but two companies producing human foods. Eden foods and one very small family owned company that I can not remember the name of. Eden has been using BPA free 12oz cans since 1999 per their website. But their cost for the BPA free cans is 14% higher than regular which, of course, reflects in their retail price. Edit — their overall quality is exception though in my opinion. I really like their products!!!

    Eden talks about their process to BPA free here http://www.edenfoods.com/articles/view.php?articles_id=178

  • Nancy Calloway

    Ziwipeak says all their cans are BPA free. Interesting. Also last time I checked the only organic beans on the mkt that are in BPA free is EDEN . Funny, isn’t it — that companies would put out organic food and put it in a poisonous can!

  • USA Dog Treats

    As far as I know there are no 13 oz BPA free cans yet. I know the smaller cans up to 6 oz can be BPA free but I don’t think there are any 12 oz or larger BPA free cans yet.

  • Nancy Calloway

    Wonder if this comes in a BPA free can?

  • Bobby dog

    I second that!!! Knowing who handles the food I buy is important for so many people. I was looking forward to the WDJ list this year; I got a subscription for a present. It’s a good read but when I learned they dropped that requirement I was disappointed and more than likely I won’t renew my subscription. The list is nice but it is incomplete now.

  • USA Dog Treats

    If a company won’t disclose who co-packs their foods or answer specific questions about their ingredients there is no way I would feed that companies products to my dogs. My dogs are part of my family. They are like dependent children and I am responsible for their well being.

    Dog food companies will only change their ways if it affects their pocketbook. Then all of a sudden that proprietary information becomes not so proprietary!

    When the Whole Dog Journal required any dog food company who wanted to be considered for their annual Best Dog Foods issue to reveal who made their foods all of a sudden that information was not so proprietary anymore and nothing catastrophic befell the companies who revealed this information. Imagine that!

    Sadly the Whole Dog Journal dropped that requirement for 2014.

  • Betsy Greer

    Check out My Pet Carnivore. They’re currently having their annual tripe sale. I live on their home delivery / pick up route, so the delivery / handling fee is really affordable for me. https://www.mypetcarnivore.com/index.php?page=shop.browse&category_id=34&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=130

  • Kimi_Forever

    Good idea. i was really looking forward to using some Tripe in the diet. I will look into some raw diets as well and see if i can fit them into my price range…

  • Bobby dog

    You can’t go wrong with fresh meat. Just a suggestion, you could also check out companies that sell raw diets. I believe some offer grinds without the bone and supplementation. And Google green tripe, there are other companies that sell it that may not be so secretive.

  • Kimi_Forever

    “I’ve always wondered how wet dog food gets made – but it took a long time to find out. It seems like it’s more difficult for a journalist to get into a pet food cannery than into a factory that builds spy planes.”

    Yeah looks like ill just buy meat from the grocery store instead to top off my Orijen LBP kibble.

  • Bobby dog

    That is a very vague response.

  • Kimi_Forever

    “Thank you for your interest in PetKind Pet Products. We actually purchase and procure our own ingredients for production, and we don’t disclose these sources. We can say that it is 100% co-packed in Canada and the USA, not one of our products is produced of shore. All of our ingredients are sourced in Canada and the USA with exception to Lamb Tripe (New Zealand) and Quinoa (Canada & Peru).

    Sincerely, Matthew “

  • Bobby dog

    The only conclusion I can come to is they have something to hide. Until I receive a reasonable explanation from a pet food company otherwise, that is my assumption. Thank goodness there are allot of choices for pet food and there are companies that will answer any questions.

  • Kimi_Forever

    “I’ve always wondered how wet dog food gets made – but it took a long time to find out. It seems like it’s more difficult for a journalist to get into a pet food cannery than into a factory that builds spy planes.”

    http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/news/How-Canned-Dog-Food-Is-Manufactured-20393-1.html

  • LabsRawesome

    Why are these dog food companies so secretive? So frustrating.

  • Kimi_Forever

    I agree. And the two canneries mentioned both exist in south dakota, a menu foods cannery and performance pet cannery…If i had to guess they probably use menu, but since they refuse to disclose, forget it….

  • Bobby dog

    I received pretty much the same response. If by Nature can’t tell me who they contract as a cannery then they are not a company I can trust for my pets. There are many other pet food companies to choose from that will answer questions.

  • Kimi_Forever

    I heard back from Becky, i would like to trust them. But i’ll have to search a little more to find out which cannery does it now.
    “I am really sorry but we are not at liberty to offer a name. Sincerely, there are only a handful of canneries in the U.S. and to my knowledge, only 1, maybe 2 in South Dakota and that is really all we are able to offer so I am not certain of the information you are gathering but please note that because most pet food companies do not have their own cannery, please be certain that you are reviewing actual canneries rather than companies who are using certain canneries.

    It is my pleasure to correspond with you…and I apologize that I am not able to be more specific.”

  • Kimi_Forever

    After re-reading some stuff about Evangers there is just no way i can personally trust a company that has had anything to do with them. They are unreal. particularly when By nature will not tell me who currently manufactures their food, as if i know every cannery in the US and can easily find out, what baloney. “On November 19, 2008, I fed my two Pomeranians each 1/2 can of Evanger’s Beef Chunks in Gravy canned dog food. Within 45 minutes they were both in critical condition with signs of complete neurological shutdown, blindness, inability to stand or walk, difficulty breathing and swallowing…. Right now I have $5074.83 in vet bills, one dog is still under are and has irreversible neurological damage. All from one can of dog food!…The heartless manner in how this is being handles by Joel and Holly Sher makes me sick.” http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/evangers.html
    There is absolutely no way i trust someone who ever did business with these people and who hides their manufacturer and hides behind the “oh it’s made in the USA” …


    I Hope i hear back from Tripett because like i’ve seen the BCnut say before if they wont tell me who i have to assume they have something to hide, like that evangers does their packing…
    —-
    I will post back what by nature says to me in response however. And will also post if they do not respond. which at this point i’m doubting they will.

  • Bobby dog

    People live in the moment and forget that their responses will probably live forever on the Internet. That is another pet food criteria for me, how the company reps or owner interact on the Internet with other posters and how they respond to inquiries about their product or company. You can tell allot about a company and their customer service by how they handle their self on-line.

  • Kimi_Forever

    Yeah i was surprised when someone informed that Wysong canned was made by Evagers as i always thought wysong was a decent company. but that really put a bad taste in my mouth with wysong. because evangers is just off the wall. i read on another forum some of the responses by Joel Sher their owner had to pet owners claiming that his pet food caused permanent problems for their pets and it was just unreal. I was literally shocked a person could be that bad. If i fed my pets evangers not knowing about their history and my pet got sick then he acted that way to me. I’d probably pay him a personal visit tbh. Evangers is off the charts bad imho….

  • Kimi_Forever

    Their ingredients list is good, thats for sure. if i determine that i can trust them, i would like to switch my cats to their by nature organics variety instead of the merrick canned i am currently feeding, as they are about the same price…

  • Bobby dog

    I did the same thing! It urks me how some companies handle questions. I forwarded the e-mail I received in Feb, I wrote “I have found several canneries in South Dakota, what is the name of the cannery by Nature uses? Do you only use one cannery in South Dakota? If you use more than one, what are their names?” I hope they forward a name(s); I believe they make a quality product and would like to use them again.

  • Kimi_Forever

    I emailed her again. Not sure how she will reply but i gave it go anyway.

    “Becky thank you for your response. I am pleased to hear that evangers no longer cans your products. However i found more then one cannery in South Dakota and i was wondering how it may referenced as there seems to be more then one. i appreciate your time and dealing with my concerns.”

  • Bobby dog

    e-mail Becky and ask how it is “easily referenced” as you found several canneries in S.D.
    Off the top of my head another option is to contact the cannery.
    IMO this is too much work to find out something I have a right to know. At this time I will not purchase their products.

  • Kimi_Forever

    It would be nice if that were the one. But if there is more then one, and based on Shar’s response it seems that there is, how do we ever know which one in SD…I mean at least it’s not Evangers any longer, but if there is more then one how could we know which?

  • Shar24

    I forget what Menu is called these days

  • Shar24

    Yeah, performance pet is the american foods group pet food cannery. I think Menu has a cannery in SD still don’t they?

  • theBCnut
  • theBCnut

    I’m not positive that this is the one, but this sounds like it is up to Fromm standards anyways, and it is in SD. http://www.performancepet.net/

  • Shar24
  • Bobby dog

    I understand, but I also get why you are looking for other alternatives as well.

  • Bobby dog

    I came across that list also which prompted me to contact by Nature. I believe that list might date back 3 or 4 years. I still used it as a reference to determine who I needed to contact to find out if they still used Evanger’s…some of the companies that still use them surprise me!

  • theBCnut

    I can tell you that Fromm uses a family owned facility in SD to can their food. Anyone know who has a cannery in SD, or who cans Fromm?

  • Kimi_Forever

    Yes i can (feed fresh meat) and it seems i might be doing that more so then feeding canned foods. I just was trying to find some canned options as well. But it’s so hard to find a good one.

  • Bobby dog

    Thanks for posting!! This info may easily be referenced IDK, but I will never understand the secrecy. If it is so easily referenced then just “reference” the name when potential or current customers ask for information that is important to them. The responses I have received from pet food companies are too funny sometimes and this one is right up there with too funny! IMO if you are a business partner with someone you should be proud of your partnership. It makes me question their integrity when they can’t answer something this simple.
    You probably have already thought of this, but can you top the kibble with fresh meat to bring calcium levels down? IDK because I have never had to worry about calcium levels.

  • Kimi_Forever

    just got a response back from becky on By nature,

    “Several years back we were working with Evangers but then made the change to South Dakota. Due to proprietary reasons we cannot divulge the name of the cannery however, this information can be easily referenced as there are very few canneries in the US.

    My pleasure to offer assistance, thanks so much for your reply back.”

  • Kimi_Forever

    Yeah i keep forgetting that wellness does those 95% canned that are supplemental, they have carrageenan in them but i might be able to use them every now and again.

    I also contacted by nature in regards to their canned cat food because i was trying to find some canned food for my cats that didnt have carrageenan in it. They told me the same thing a plant in south dakota. i had read somewhere online before i got that email that it was evangers who did theirs, but i cant find that source now, and it wasnt a reliable source anyway. Let me know if you can whatever you find out about By nature’s too as i want to try it for my cats.

  • Bobby dog

    I pretty much use canned foods that are balanced because I include it as part of the meal. At this time my main canned rotation is 4 & 5 star budget friendly foods.

    I regularly feed Pure Balance 95% (it is supplemented, Bobby loves it), I have fed Wellness 95% (it is not supplemented, Bobby loves it, and I love the Wellness brand so I am biased!), and also fed by Nature 95% (Bobby loved it), I don’t remember if this is supplemented or not.

    On another note, I did e-mail by Nature on 2/21/14 to ask about their co-packer and where the ingredients were sourced. Perfect example of not asking a specific question, B. Anson from their customer service responded “Similar to most pet food companies, we do not own our own canning facilities. All of our By Nature® canned foods are made in South Dakota.” I never wrote back to ask specifics since I stocked up on other brands. They did respond to sourcing, “All of our [meat, grains, vegetables, etc.] ingredients, including beef and poultry are sourced domestically in the US and Canada except for our lamb, which is sourced from New Zealand or Australia. We source no ingredients, including our vit/min premixes from China.” I am not sure what cannery is located in South Dakota so when I have time I will look into it further.

  • Kimi_Forever

    I certainly will…do you know any other good supplemental can foods like this one? two others i’ve considered, Wysong Au jus and Canine Caviar were both canned by Evangers which just made me laugh and cross them immediately off my list. I am looking for supplemental ones like this(not balanced ones like merrick 96%’s) to top orijen LBP with to help bring down it’s calcium level, in my rotation..

  • Bobby dog

    Some of the non-replies to this specific question has surprised me. No problem, there are many dog foods to choose from.
    Would you mind posting their response? I have a can of Tripett for my dog to try out. If he likes it I will add it to his rotation, but knowing who cans it is important to me as well.

  • Kimi_Forever

    good idea i just sent them this:

    Thank you for your response. I was wondering if you use evangers as your co-packer? If you do not use evangers, may i ask who your co-packer is? Thanks for your time, and answering my questions.”

    we’ll see what they say….

  • Bobby dog

    I have found you must be specific when contacting any company. Their answers (most of the time) are non-specific. If you want to know if they use a particular co-packer ask them if they use (insert name here) to manufacture their food. My follow-up question in the same e-mail is always “if you don’t use (insert name here) what company do you use as your co-packer?”

  • Kimi_Forever

    I contacted the company and this was their email response (i just hope they dont mean evangers, but i think i’m safe with that):


    All of our products are manufactured in both Canada and the USA.

    Regards,
    PetKind

    Looks like ill use this as part of a rotation to top Orijen LBP kibble.

  • Kimi_Forever

    Does anyone know if this food manufactured in Canada (i read that somewhere but it’s not a great source) or? And it really is a shame it uses carrageenan, however i am still considering using it in mild rotation.

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  • Pattyvaughn

    Good info!!

  • charlie

    I’m not an expert but here is an article written by an expert on the dangers of carageenan.

    I doubt if there is any substance that everyone agrees is harmless. This article will add to your knowledge on carageenan and may help you make a decision. Good Luck!

    http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA401181/Is-Carrageenan-Safe.html

  • Pattyvaughn

    I have no idea if the stuff is really harmful or not and I’m sure that small exposures are ok, but I can tell you that for my dogs, I won’t feed something with caregeenan in it every day. I rotate. I might feed something with it for a few days and then I move on to something that doesn’t have it for a few days, just in case. I wouldn’t toss it.