About a month and a half ago I had to say goodbye to JC, my almost 15 year old sheltie. I got him and his brother Sam when they were just 7 weeks old. Sam (who turns 15 October 16) started acting a little lost and although he has always been a picky eater, he became even more so. I figured part of this was his way of grieving over the loss of his brother; however, recently he skipped a couple of days completely and turned his nose up at everything. I was just about to take him to the vet to have some bloodwork done, but wanted to try one more thing.
Based on advice I have read on here, I had DH pick up a couple of cans of tripe. I know lots of folks have mentioned the smell, but really, that bad? I opened my first can Sunday night--boy, this stuff smells REALLY, REALLY awful and I was sure Sam would turn his nose up at it. I mixed it with some kibble and he licked the bowl clean. This morning and tonight he did the same. Go figure! The open can has a plastic lid on it and is double bagged in ziplocs in the fridge (DH is scared to death the smell is going to permeate the whole fridge). So far, so good. After feeding, I spray some Lysol and immediately clean the bowl. I give Sam some peanut butter to help mask the smell on his breath.
So, to all of you who have posted about tripe--THANK YOU!!!! Sam even seemed a little more sprightly tonight!