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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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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. :eek:
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. :headshake:
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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How?

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I just looked up Glandex, & i must say, i'm not impressed by the "active ingredients" list. :(

https://www.glandex.com/pages/glandex-ingredients

Quercetin dihydrate is a flavenoid:
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-294-quercetin.aspx?activeingredientid=294&

Apple pectin? - for what, exactly? // That's not FIBER, it's the jelling ingredient, primarily in skin, that helps jams, jellies, & preserves to thicken, so they're not liquid.

Pumpkin SEED isn't a lotta fiber, either.

Bromelain is the enzyme in pineapple that is often used to tenderize meats, as is papain [from papaya].
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-895-bromelain.aspx

I can't fathom how these ingredients would help anal-glands to function, in dogs who get impacted or develop abscesses.
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They also don't list ALL the ingredients - including the "inactive" ones - which makes me very leery.

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Change diet around. Generally speaking, there are more dog nutrition savvy kibbles than tinned food. Add veg. Apples. Carrots. And buy a peg for your nose?
 

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Talked to our Vet today. He says our dogs problem, is that her body creates that fluid and its too thick to pass easily. She gets plenty of fiber in her diet, and her bowels are regulated, normal and healthy. She is pretty much on about an eight week schedule for the Vet to express. Anyone think Glandex would help her? Our Vet doesn't think so. I would love to get her on something that would help her.
 

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I'd just try the pumpkin puree - it can't hurt, & might help.

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How much "fiber" does she get?

apple pomace, or my fave, pumpkin puree, are generally helpful - if she's a small dog, under 35#, U can start with 1 Tbsp pumpkin per meal, & go up.

She can't overdose on it - the worst that will happen is that part of her BM, once she's eating a LOT, will be blobs of orange fiber. It won't hurt her, & it just might help express even thick fluid.

Manual expression makes the glands dependent on being EMPTIED - vs emptying on their own. They lose muscle tone & stop responding to the auto-prompt to "dress" the stool, as it exits.
Over time, manual expression only makes the glands more liable to get impacted, infected, or abscess. :(
That's why GROOMERS who persist in "doing U a favor" by expressing them are, in fact, messing things up. :mad:

Groomers who express anal glands every time a mandatory-groom breed is bathed & clipped, often w/o asking or even informing the owner, are actually a major reason why glands 'quit'. They may be well-intentioned, but they're only creating future trouble, when the dog's anal-glands will become utterly dependent.

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While I think a raw diet would greatly improve it I haven't bit the bullet on that yet.
Yeah, a raw diet would probably alleviate the problems but if you don't want to take the leap yet you might try adding some additional bone to your dog's diet. If you don't want to go the route of raw meaty bones, you could supplement with bone meal but make sure you get the proper bone meal not the garden supplement type as that version could contain adjuncts which could possibly kill a dog.

If you are the resourceful type, debone a raw chicken and chop the bones up right away, they are soft enough and cut up easily. Let them dry thoroughly and then put them in either a spice grinder or blender and zip 'em around until you get a particle size you are comfortable with. I'm not certain if cooked poultry bones ( ground up with the same process) would compromise the result you are looking for but as far as nutrient-wise, the heat will minimize any nutrients but the calcium and phosphorous should remain I believe.

Anyway, most raw feeders know when they are feeding too much bone just as they know if the organ content ( mainly liver) is too high based on the dog's stool consistency.

Adding the bone meal to your dog's current diet will stiffen the stool up noticeably and work better than pumpkin as pumpkin helps either constipation or diarrhea. Bone in a dog's diet as far as I have ever seen never softens a stool. This is not to be confused with a dog eating too much bone marrow which will give a dog the runs at times among other potential problems if consumed in excess over time.

If you do make your own bone meal, so you know exactly what is in it, don't add much to your dog's current food and research it a bit based on your dog's weight and food intake. A tablespoon or two is usually all it takes for a raw meal for an average sized dog so I'd start with less since your dog's current meal already has the components in it.
 

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How much "fiber" does she get?

apple pomace, or my fave, pumpkin puree, are generally helpful - if she's a small dog, under 35#, U can start with 1 Tbsp pumpkin per meal, & go up.

She can't overdose on it - the worst that will happen is that part of her BM, once she's eating a LOT, will be blobs of orange fiber. It won't hurt her, & it just might help express even thick fluid.

Manual expression makes the glands dependent on being EMPTIED - vs emptying on their own. They lose muscle tone & stop responding to the auto-prompt to "dress" the stool, as it exits.
Over time, manual expression only makes the glands more liable to get impacted, infected, or abscess. :(
That's why GROOMERS who persist in "doing U a favor" by expressing them are, in fact, messing things up. :mad:

Groomers who express anal glands every time a mandatory-groom breed is bathed & clipped, often w/o asking or even informing the owner, are actually a major reason why glands 'quit'. They may be well-intentioned, but they're only creating future trouble, when the dog's anal-glands will become utterly dependent.

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She has had this problem all her life, and it seems to have not changed in years. Our Vet will do nothing that is not necessary, and everything that is, so I don't believe we have made it worse. Will try the pumpkin puree to see if that might make a difference. She gets a good dose of fiber, her fresh food has lots of vegies and fruits added, plus some very high fiber kibble. Believe me this dog has a better balanced diet than we do. The only problem she has is that ##@@$$%%^& gland!!!!!!
 

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Just wondering, if the pumpkin puree is going to do much, as she already gets some sweet potato every day. Does the pumpkin puree have something the sweet potato doesn't? She is almost on a raw diet, her food is all fresh, but very lightly cooked.
 

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I must have 30 similar screenshots - NOBODY wants to believe there's no substitute

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Does the pumpkin puree have something the sweet potato doesn't?
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in a word? - Yes. :D

Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin, without salt ... -
SELF Nutrition Data
nutritiondata.self.com/facts-B00001-01c20h1.html

http://www.dogforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=223705&stc=1&d=1517072241


Pumpkin, canned, without salt
Nutrition Facts & Calories
nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2602/2

http://www.dogforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=223713&stc=1&d=1517072241



Notice anything different? :)

Sweet potato, 180 kcals/C, 6.6 g fiber, 41.4 g carbs
Cooked sweet potatoes are relatively high in fiber, with a medium-sized sweet potato containing 3.8 grams. The fibers are both soluble (15-23%) in the form of pectin, and insoluble (77-85%) in the form of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin (12, 13, 14).Apr 6, 2015
source:
Sweet Potatoes 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits - Healthline
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/sweet-potatoes

sweet potato:
Insoluble fiber, per C: 4.8 g // Soluble fiber, per C: 2.8 g
Source:
https://www.prebiotin.com/prebiotin-academy/fiber-content-of-foods/

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Pumpkin, 83 kcals/C, 7.1 g fiber, 19.8 g carbs

Pumpkin has less than half the calories, & much-more insoluble vs soluble fiber.

Soluble vs. Insoluble
Both soluble and insoluble fiber are important in your diet, & [humans] need roughly equal amounts of both.
Soluble fiber attracts fluid in your digestive tract, & forms a slow-moving thick sludge which slows digestion, giving essential vitamins & minerals time to be absorbed through intestinal walls.
Insoluble fiber stays relatively intact, sweeping through the digestive tract, pushing out waste. It adds bulk to stools & makes bowel movements pass easily; insoluble fiber does not break down in your gut.
Source:
Sources of Insoluble Fiber | Healthy Eating | SF Gate


Soluble fiber delays gastric emptying, which contributes to long-term satiety and helps control blood glucose levels. Soluble fiber is also beneficial for reducing high cholesterol levels.
also a rich source of potassium, iron and vitamins A, C and E, canned pumpkin is an ideal food for boosting your fiber intake.
Avoid canned pumpkin that contains salt, however. Such products are approximately 50 times higher in sodium than the plain variety, per the USDA.
Source:
Canned Pumpkin Used for High Fiber | Healthy Eating | SF Gate
http://www.healthyeating.sfgate.com/canned-pumpkin-used-high-fiber-7152.html

Pumpkin:
Insoluble fiber, per C: 6.1 g // Soluble fiber, per C: 1 g
Source:
https://www.prebiotin.com/prebiotin-academy/fiber-content-of-foods/


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