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by Dr Ethan Maloney, Sundance Veterinary Services, Mareeba, QLD
Glandex is a veterinary-founded product that’s relatively new in Australia. I use Glandex with dogs that require frequent expressing of anal glands which can cause discomfort and irritation.
What’s good about it
Glandex is a unique fibre blend that contains omega fatty acids, probiotics, and digestive enzymes to help support healthy anal glands and a healthy gastrointestinal tract. I also use Glandex for patients that require extra fibre in their diet due to gastrointestinal problems. It supports a healthy bowel, digestive and immune system.
When starting, give half the recommended amount for the first five to seven days and always have fresh water on offer. This allows the animal to adjust to the extra fibre. Typically, we see a good response in three to five weeks. I recommend that the pet’s anal glands are emptied prior to starting Glandex.
It comes in two forms: Glandex Powder and Glandex Soft Chews. The main difference is that Glandex Soft Chews is in a treat form and made with peanut butter. Glandex Powder is sprinkled onto the pet’s food and is made with beef liver, pork liver or vegan salmon flavouring. Glandex Powder is for both dogs and cats, but Glandex Soft Chews is recommended for dogs only. Dogs love eating the chews which are very palatable.
What’s not so good about it
Some mild side effects can include diarrhea, soft stools, or an upset stomach. This usually happens when starting on Glandex due to the increased fibre content. This is why it’s recommended to use half the recommended amount for the first five to seven days. Too much fibre can also have a negative effect when certain gastrointestinal problems are present.