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Help for anal gland problems is here!

Glandex supplements

Boot the scoot with Glandex!

If your pet makes frequent visits to the veterinarian to have its anal glands (or “sacs”) emptied or treated for infection, Glandex may hold the solution.

Normally, the fluid that is formed in the anal glands (a natural, normal process) is released when your pet has a firm bowel movement. Sometimes the fluid gets blocked (“impacted”), turns into a thick paste, or the anal sac becomes inflamed, and your pet needs help.

Common causes of impacted anal glands are:

  • soft or loose stools
  • digestive problems
  • allergies
  • infection
  • obesity
  • anatomical issues
  • a combination of these problems

You might notice your pet doing one or more of the following:

  • “scooting” or dragging its rear end along the ground
  • licking or chewing at its rear
  • acting uncomfortable (may have difficulty with stairs)
  • straining to defecate
  • producing a foul odor / foul brownish discharge from rear
  • swelling or bleeding from a small hole next to the rectal opening
  • cats may defecate outside the litterbox
  • some pets vomit or have diarrhea (though this is less common)

So how does Glandex help? 

Glandex is a chewable or powder supplement that uses a fiber blend to add bulk to stools, which then helps release anal gland fluid normally with each bowel movement.

Glandex has natural anti-inflammatory ingredients (including omega-3 fatty acids) to address the inflammation and allergies that may be causing your pet’s anal gland problems.

Glandex also includes probiotics and digestive enzymes to aid the health of your pet’s digestive system.

Glandex is available at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic in a beef liver powder for dogs and cats or a peanut butter soft chew treat for dogs, which you give your pet once per day.

Clients, please Contact Us to find out if Glandex is recommended for your pet!

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Although neither Dr. Miele, nor Little Creek Veterinary Clinic
or its staff can guarantee the performance of Glandex,
we invite you to discover whether its benefits are right for your pet.

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     Ahem, oh my, today’s topic is a little, well, indelicate.  Anal sacs.  There.  I said it.  Now if you plan to discuss this topic at cocktail parties and job fairs, you’re probably better off referring to them as “anal glands.”  Trust me on this one.  Not everyone has perfect hearing, and saying “anal sacs” could cause some confusion.

     Now on to the real topic:  infected anal sacs.  Dogs and cats naturally have these glands on each side of the anus.  Normally, the glands are small and unnoticeable.  When full, they may discharge a dark smelly fluid.  Other dogs and cats love it.  People don’t.  You may notice your pet scooting across the floor, licking or chewing at its back end, exhibiting tenderness at the tail or anus, or acting uncomfortable in general when the glands are full.

     Normally, the anal glands empty themselves when a pet has a bowel movement.  Sometimes, though, the normally thin fluid thickens into a paste and causes an impaction, which is uncomfortable for the pet.  This is when the licking and scooting may start.  At this point, it is wise to have the veterinarian examine the glands and empty them, if necessary.  A groomer can empty the glands using external pressure, but a doctor will use internal pressure to release more fluid. 

     If the sacs become infected with bacteria, the discharge may include yellow or bloody pus.  In this case, after emptying the sacs, the doctor will dispense antibiotics to end the infection.

     If an infection remains undetected, it can abscess, in which case a painful, hot swelling will arise on either the right or left side of the anus.  It may then rupture and drain blood and pus.  The doctor will empty the glands, and administer antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication.  At-home care may include applying topical antibiotic to the wound and keeping the area free of fecal matter and dirt.

     Though the topic of anal glands is not suitable dinner conversation (well, not for some of us, anyway), it is nothing to be ashamed of.  If you suspect your pet is having problems with its anal glands, go ahead and call us.  We promise not to be shocked.  In most cases, a pet that walks in with its tail between its legs will skip out with its tail held high.  Emptying the anal glands can bring instant relief to a pet that is hurting.

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