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Old 01-21-2018, 09:29 PM
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Anal Gland support??

I have come across Glandex a few times and wondered if it really works. My 16 month ESS has leaky glands quite often I am a vet tech and can express them when needed but I am wondering if there is something I can give him to reduce the need for manual expression. His stools are normal but they maybe aren't firm enough. While I think a raw diet would greatly improve it I haven't bit the bullet on that yet. He eats Earthborn Holistic GF and I put Answers fermented fish broth on top. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions!! TIA
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Increase exercise, roughage, and try pumpkin as a natural cheap solidifying bulking ingredient. Raw fed dogs rarely get GI issues or impacted anal glands. Might be worth a go.
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I have a Pekingese that is now just over 2 years old. About a year ago he had a problem with the anal glands and he got so uncomfortable that I had to take him in to get it expressed. I felt like the Bad witch in the fairy tale when he had to go through that procedure, I can just imagine how it must feel to go through that, so I swore to leave this as an absolute last resort if things get bad again. So I switched his dry food to make sure its high fibre immediately.

All went well till about 3 weeks ago.

The minute he did his first scoot across the floor I jumped in the car and loaded my basket with "high fibre options for dogs"
1st on my list was apple
2d chopped fresh green beans
3. baby food (in south Africa it is called "Purity") it is just a smooth pulpy food that you get in different flavours.
He just played with the apple and green beans. So that was not going to work. So I took the Purity (I bought the sweet potato flavour) and mixed a tablespoon full with a little peanut butter (my boy loves peanut butter) and he happily ate that. I have been giving him a tablespoon full everyday since then and within 3 days no more scooting and nice firm big poopies.
so for my Baloo just getting him to eat the added fibre from the Sweet potato works. Maybe you can try it for your doggy?
Just a note on peanut butter. make sure you buy one with no added sugar or salt and if there is a sugar replacement in that it is not Xylitol. This is dangerous to our fur friends.
Good luck!
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We carry glandex. As far as I have heard, every single client that has tried it for their dog is happy with the results. I admit I kind of scoffed when we first got it in, because why buy this bagged product when you can just add a couple of tablespoons of pumpkin to your dog's food, right? But people seem very pleased with it...
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I've never heard of it before, but if you do use it please let's un know how it goes. I know quite a few of our patients and clients who could benefit from it if it works. Do you sell it at your clinic? And if so how much do you guys sell it for?
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Haven't heard of Glandex, but interested in knowing more about it. Samantha has to have her gland expressed every couple of months, and always has. Would be really nice to be able to avoid that process if possible.
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I've never tried it. I tried canned pumpkin but it didn't work, I tried organic sulfer free prunes but likewise it didn't work. The last thing I tried was Oat Bran, and that seems to be working.

Zody's 9 lbs and get 1/4 tsp morning and night. In the morning I mix it in his canned food, and at night I mix it in a little water with a bit of his canned food.
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Arrow pumpkin has always been my go-To for anal-gland problems

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so far, thankfully, every dog i've given canned-pumpkin to, responded well -
how much they get depends upon whether it's solely anal-gland issues, or if that's secondary to obesity / wt-loss.

Reducing calorie-intake means replace either 1/4 [slow but steady] or 1/3 [faster] of the dog's every meal with pumpkin -
IOW, if the dog was fed 1-C of their regular diet at every meal, no matter what that is - kibble, raw, BARF, chill-pack -
U replace either 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup with PLAIN pumpkin puree, & the rest [either 3/4 or 2/3] is their usual diet.

Pumpkin only for anal-issues is a lot less - for a 45 to 60# dog, 2 to 3-Tbsp per meal, 2X / day, should suffice.

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Probly the worst case i ever dealt with was that pica-prone Dalmatian that PACC took into care, in Va.

She was being taken to the vet's to have her anal-glands expressed every month to 6-weeks, year-round.
Plus she had a history of blockages & even abscesses, so she was genuinely miserable, AND... she bit people.
I really can't say that i blamed her for biting; she was often in agony, & she was a fearful, chronically-anxious dog.
H***, if someone tried to squeeze a painful abscess in a tender area on me, i'd probly bite, too!

I must admit i got a terrible impression of 21st St Dog & Cat, the Norfolk vet clinic she was being taken to - they never once suggested that the dog be given fiber to bulk her stools, never ONCE suggested - let alone insisted! - that she lose wt, & often handled her badly.
She'd been their patient for over 4-years, & she arrived in foster weighing over 90# - massively obese; a dainty set of feet, slender legs, & this pork-barrel body, with what appeared to be an undersized head atop it.
Horrible! - her back & sides actually had visible vertical edges on the fat-blanket under her skin, as if the skin had been slit, & a quilt had been stuffed tightly underneath, then the slit was stitched closed.

She'd been so traumatized by bad handling & painful events that she shrank from any contact with hands, but she was also pitifully needy & anxious - she'd cling to Ur legs as if she was glued, whenever there was something that worried her, which was practically constant, outside the house.
Traffic, strangers, other dogs, street noises, RAISED VOICES - the list was seemingly endless, of her fears & triggers.

Michele, her foster, brought her to me b/c she'd bitten 3 ppl in 3-weeks, since she arrived at her house - none had been handling her, at the time; one was a M guest, who came to play cards with several other ppl, & had the misfortune to enter the house while the 2 resident dogs were still barking & agitated by the just-prior arrival of another couple.
The alarm-barking of the other dogs always upset the Dal, & she slipped around behind him as he took off his coat, & bit his buttock - deeply-enuf to bleed thru his pants. // He wouldn't let her see the wound, either [she's a vet-tech & 1st-Aid is her forte] - he left for home immediately, but thank God, didn't file a formal complaint with the police.

When she arrived, the 1st thing i saw was how grossly obese she was; the 2nd was her incredibly-defensive attitude, she appeared to expect to defend herself from me as if in a life-&-death struggle - she was tense from her toenails to the tips of her hair, just locked-up, moving in super-slow motion with her lips half-lifted to show her teeth, & her eyes white-ringed all the way around.
Her ears were pinched against her skull so tightly that nothing but the thin tips could move, as she stepped, stiffly & slowly, beside Michele.
This dog was a emotional train-wreck.

it took over 4-mos to get her a bit less anxious, almost 6-mos to peel off all the flab - at the end, she weighed between 38 & 40#, was a much-changed lean dog, & would be eating pumpkin for the rest of her life, to prevent a recurrence of her terrible anal-gland issues.
She was adopted by a couple from N.C. who had no children [by choice] & they adored her - for several years, they sent frequent photos of her, snoozing on the fan-back chair by the fireplace, playing with floating toys in a kiddy-pool in the backyard, wearing a red velvet Santa hat & a big smile [my personal favorite].

Sadly, when there was an internal shake-up & a new BoD took over PACC, all their former fosters' Happy Tails adoption stories, & all those photos, were deleted from their website.
I thot that was really cruel & hard-hearted - so many of us had worked diligently to rehab & place those dogs, & our memories were precious to us. It was wonderful to see how they were thriving, years after their adoptions, & i miss the pictures very much - as i'm sure others miss them, too.

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I've decided to order the Glandex and hopefully it will help my little guy. If it does I will let you all know and the Vet I work for too. Some clients bring their pet in every 4-6 weeks :/ Thanks for all the replies :thumbs:

Maybe when I go full raw it will help also
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I've decided to order the Glandex and hopefully it will help my little guy. If it does I will let you all know and the Vet I work for too. Some clients bring their pet in every 4-6 weeks :/ Thanks for all the replies :thumbs:

Maybe when I go full raw it will help also
We have a number of Q 4-6wk patients too. For those kids we recommend pumpkin and depending on how bad the glands are when we express them, we may even recommend surgery if the owner wants to consider it. Every once in a while we get those poor pets who need it done every 2 weeks and for them we strongly suggest surgical removal.
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