Things might get a little weird here today because we’re talking dog anal glands. I have to admit that I didn’t even know that dogs HAD anal glands when I first adopted Luna. I remember taking her to her first bath and nail appointment. The person behind the counter at the time mentioned that they would also express Luna’s anal glads if she needed it. My reaction was “You are going to do WHAT?”

Before, I had seen clips of dogs scooting their butts across the floor and to be honest, I just thought it was a weird trick or the dog’s butt itched a bit. I had no idea that the scoot was actually caused by a bigger issue – anal gland problems.

Now Luna’s anal glands play a pretty bit role in our life, so I’m very aware of them. I am all too familiar with the scooting, excessive licking, and sudden fishy odor. All of which drive me absolutely bonkers, especially if we have guests over.

Luna’s anal gland is extremely active, so to keep things in check I need to get them expressed when they might be enlarged. On Luna’s last vet visit, I was (embarrassingly) told that we should be paying a bit more attention to her anal glands. Since I don’t personally want to go in and express her anal glands myself, I have to make trips to either her groomer or veterinarian who are trained to do it. That takes both time and money! And, it is why I was so excited to have Luna try Glandex® – the first and only product that addresses anal gland problems.

You know you are a dog mom when you get excited about solutions to anal gland problems, right?

This post is sponsored by Glandex® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about how Glandex – Natural Supplement for Anal Glands but Beagles & Bargains only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Glandex is not responsible for the content of this article.

Luna with her Glandex supplement for anal glads

What’s the Deal with Dog Anal Glands?

Anal glands are two small internal glands located inside the anal opening of all dogs and cats. One of the main purposes of these glands is to release a small amount of a foul smelling scent marking fluid every time the dog or cat defecates.

Anal gland issues can arise when the anal glands become over-filled, blocked, irritated, or inflamed. Common reasons anal gland problems in dogs includes soft or loose stools, digestive issues, allergies, infection, obesity, poor anatomy, or a combination any of these things.

Dog Anal Glands

Symptoms of Anal Glad Problems:

  • Scooting
  • Excessive licking of the anal area and hind end
  • Straining to defecate
  • Releasing a sudden foul (fishy) odor
  • Leaking of anal gland fluid
  • Discomfort of the hind-end
  • Bleeding and/or swelling near the anal region

How Does Glandex Help with Anal Gland Problems?

Glandex is the only product on the market today that addresses all of the underlying causes of anal gland problems and works from the inside out to help maintain healthy anal glands. The scientific formula created for Glandex products works in multiple ways to keep the anal glands healthy. It is a more effective alternative to frequent anal gland expressing, which can further irritate the anal glands. (I had no idea about this!)

Glandex contains the precise amount of fiber to help bulk and firm the pet’s stools to naturally empty the anal glands. It also contains natural anti-inflammatories that target underlying inflammation in addition to probiotics and digestive enzymes that support a healthy gastrointestinal tract.

Glandex Logo

Important Things to Know About Glandex:

  • Promotes healthy anal gland function in dogs and cats
  • Guaranteed results within 3-5 weeks to help “boot the scoot!”
  • Veterinarian formulated and approved
  • Great tasting and easy-to-use formula
  • All-natural premium ingredients
  • Made in the USA

Glandex currently has two products available to help maintain healthy anal glands in dogs and cats. A Beef Liver Powder, which can be put on top of your dog’s regular meal, and a Peanut Butter Soft Chews.

Luna’s Trial to Boot the Scoot

We received both the Beef Liver Powder and the Peanut Butter Soft Chews to try, but there was an issue with the seal on the chews that Glandex is working to address, so I decided to try out the Beef Liver Powder with Luna.

Starting October 4, 2015, I added 1/4 tsp of the powder on top of Luna’s breakfast. When I first opened the container, I was a little taken back by the color, which was very brown. I knew it was “Beef Liver” Powder, so it didn’t impact me too much, but it sure didn’t look very appetizing to me.

I was pleasantly surprised that the powder was not too smelly. I always expect anything with “Beef Liver” in the title to not smell the best. When I gave Luna her breakfast with the Glandex powder for the first time, she eagerly licked the bowl clean, so it must have tasted good!

I’m also absolutely in love with the measuring scoop that Glandex sent us. It is so nice to have a dedicated measuring utensil for Luna’s supplements, so I can finally get all mine back!

I do wish the bottle made it a little easier to level of the scoop. For the most part, I just used the bottle cap to scrape off any excess powder back into the bottle for each scoop.

Glandex Beef Liver Powder and Peanut Butter Soft Chews

Luna continued to receive the Glandex Beef Liver Powder for breakfast each day. Throughout the whole month of October I didn’t see her scoot once and her fishy smell was under control.

That is until October 30, 2015 when I forgot to send it with her while she stayed at my parents’ house when I was out of town. She was only off her Glandex supplement for a few days, but the scoot came back!

I stared giving Luna her Glandex powder again on November 3, 2015 and we had her anal glands expressed on November 8, 2015. No scooting or fishy smell since!

We’ll be continuing to use Glandex as part of Luna’s regular routine because I’ve been very pleased to see no scooting!

Where to Buy Glandex

Glandex offers two different types of supplements – powder and chews, which are sized according to your pets weight. These products are available for purchase from Glandex’s online store. You can also find a veterinarian’s office or store near you that sell Glandex products by using Glandex’s Store Locator.

Learn More About Glandex

You can learn more about Glandex by visiting or by following Glandex on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Jessica Shipman
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