PetKind Tripe Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★½

PetKind Tripe Dry Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The PetKind Tripe Dry product line includes 7 dry dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

  • PetKind Venison Tripe Formula [A]
  • PetKind Green Beef Tripe Formula [A]
  • PetKind Green Lamb Tripe Formula [A]
  • PetKind Green Tripe and Bison Formula [A]
  • PetKind Green Tripe and Wild Salmon Formula [A]
  • PetKind Lamb and Lamb Tripe Formula (4 stars) [A]
  • PetKind Green Tripe and Red Meat Formula (5 stars) [A]

PetKind Green Lamb Tripe Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

PetKind Green Lamb Tripe Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 33% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 41%

Ingredients: Lamb tripe, turkey, peas, pea starch, turkey meal, pea protein, canola oil (preserved with rosemary extract), flaxseed, natural flavor, quinoa, pumpkin, spinach, carrot, broccoli, cranberry, apple, blueberry, banana, calcium carbonate, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), chicory root, choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, a-tocopherol acetate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement), minerals (zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), taurine, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium bifidium thermophilum fermentation product, dried Streptococcus faecium fermentation product, Yucca schidigera, rosemary, cayenne, peppermint, thyme, green tea extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis30%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis33%18%41%
Calorie Weighted Basis28%37%35%
Protein = 28% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 35%

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.

However, raw tripe contains up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is turkey, another quality, raw ingredient inclusive of moisture.

The third ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient is pea starch, a paste-like, gluten-free carbohydrate extract probably used here as a binder for making kibble. Aside from its energy content (calories), pea starch is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient is turkey meal. Turkey meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey.

The sixth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The seventh ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

The eighth item is flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

After the natural flavor, we find quinoa. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is not a true cereal grain but a plant prized for its gluten-free seeds.

Compared to most other grain-type ingredients, it is high in protein (about 12-18%), dietary fiber and other healthy nutrients.

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 three notable exceptions

First, salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

Next, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

PetKind Tripe Dry Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, PetKind Tripe Dry looks like an above-average dry dog food.

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 33%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 41%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 34% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 41% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 51%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, pea protein, flaxseed and quinoa, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

PetKind Tripe Dry is a plant-based dry dog food using a notable amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

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Notes and Updates

11/12/2017 Last Update

  • sandy

    Typo! Fixed it. Thanks.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Dr Mike, why is the Red Meat formula designated as “Supplemental” in the above review? The 2 bags I’ve bought (including the one I am just finishing up feeding) and the website all say “All Life Stages”. Thanks!

  • JL F

    How about the ingredient ‘natural flavor’? What is that?

  • Storm’s Mom

    PetKind’s got a new Venison kibble out now, and thankfully they decided not to add Turkey Meal to this one, so poultry-intolerant Storm can have it! (there’s also no alfalfa, which Storm also reacts to) He’s really enjoying it, poops are good, coat’s good..all good. So glad to have another option for the rotation!!!!! 🙂 …particularly a venison one, as it’s so hard to find a decent venison kibble that doesn’t have poultry or alfalfa!!!

  • Crazy4cats

    My fingers are crossed!

  • Nicole Schickowski

    I recently switch over to Petkind dry food, and so far I’m pleased. I have 2 bostons…one with a sensitive stomach, despite being a garbage disposal who eats everything…and one who tends to have one yeasty ear. So I’ve been trying to find foods that will work for both and don’t have trigger ingredients. We’ve been feeding Petkind for probably over a month and the transition was easy, both the dogs LOVE it…l can use the kibble for training treats, they like it that much, and their “output” is now only once or twice a day & more firm. So far I’ve only tried the bison…we just opened our bag of lamb last night, which was met with the same enthusiasm. And I just bought a 14 pound bag of the salmon yesterday for $16 on chewy right now…which is an insane discount. So fingers crossed they like it

  • EC

    The Green Tripe and Bison Formula dry food was a great recommendation for my picky eater. I initially liked it just because it was both sourced and produced in Canada (minus the organic quinoa, which was from Canada and Peru, bonus points as I’m 1/2 Peruvian), but I’m actually impressed after reading the ingredient list. I think the dog may be eating healthier than I am….

  • Alex Woodman

    This is a very, very good product. It is a bit expensive but the results are very good.

  • Homme Vélo
  • Homme Vélo

    I feed my dogs PetKind dry food, and they absolutely love it. I’ve seen a great improvement in their overall health since I give them this food. Tripe is a wonderful ingredient. I’m not concerned about the Canola Oil. Even if it were derived from a GMO plant (which it probably isn’t), it’s perfectly safe to consume. PetKind are known for using top notch ingredients. They don’t compromise when it comes to quality.

  • theBCnut

    Yeast infections are often secondary to a food sensitivity/allergy, so you may want to keep the ingredient list and if you ever see this issue again, compare ingredient lists and see if you can determine which ingredient(s) is(are) causing the problem. Also when you try a food that she does great on you can use it’s ingredient list to eliminate suspect foods.

  • Elyia Ridgebacks

    I have dogs that do really well on this food (beef), but 2 of my dogs got yeast infections on their backs from the food (symptoms stopped as soon as I switched foods ). Just a heads up to those who have starch sensitive dogs.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Understood 🙂

  • By the way, be sure to keep in mind that even though tripe is the first ingredient on the list, a significant source of dry matter animal protein may actually be the turkey meal.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Thanks for clarifying, Dr Mike! I’m going back to being relieved now 😉

  • When estimating the amount of meat in this (or any food), tripe must still be thought of as any other type of animal tissue.

    As we conclude in “The Bottom Line” of this review:

    “As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 34% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 40% for the overall product line.

    “And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 52%.

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

    So, there is indeed a notable amount of meat in this dog food.

  • Storm’s Mom

    That’s what worries/d me… 🙁 ..and why I am surprised with the 4.5 rating.. I would’ve thought that, if the tripe was thought of as another “meat” ingredient after processing, the “meat” content (for lack of a better way of putting it) would fall far too low for Dr Mike to award it such a high rating. The kibble would basically be just a whack of peas and a bit of turkey meal, and even less tripe. I’m still not sure whether Dr Mike determined tripe’s not calculated the same as “meat” after processing, or….? ..and if the former, how/why he’s determined that (I would’ve thought the tripe ingredient would’ve been “explained out” a bit more)

  • Storm’s Mom

    Nope, not at all.

  • Dori


  • Does the kibble stink?

  • I would think of it as just another “meat” after processing. What a waste of good raw tripe!!

  • Storm’s Mom

    Yeah, that’s what I would’ve thought too..and that there’d be a lot less of it in the overall mix when heated, much like the “turkey” in the review. So while I’m relieved at Dr Mike’s review, and hope it’s “right”, I’m still a little bit sceptical because of the point you raise.

  • neezerfan

    When green tripe is processed into a kibble, doesn’t it lose it’s benefits? In other words, it’s no longer “green”, right?

  • Storm’s Mom

    Oh phew!!! I’m so relieved to see this rating!! I’ve been feeding the Green Lamb Tripe formula – with a great deal of trepidation because I wasn’t sure how it’d get rated because of the tripe – to Storm for about 6 weeks or so now (we’re almost through a 14lb bag, and I had a small bag or two previous to that). Not so thrilled that on a calorie weighted basis the protein is so low, but I have been feeding it mostly with Tripett (I got 2 cans for free with purchase of the kibble (same company makes both), and have bought a few more), which boosts the protein level. I have noticed that his stool is a LOT lighter colour when I’m not feeding the canned tripe with the kibble, but otherwise his coat looks great, etc. Anyway, I’ve got a 25% off coupon because I signed up for their loyalty program, so I’ll try the Salmon one next (he’s allergic to chicken, which the other 2 formulae contain, unfortunately) ..and probably add one of them (probably the Lamb) to the rotation.