Omni Anal Glands Supplement Review-the bottom line

If your dog regularly gets blocked anal glands, or if you see them scooting around the floor on their bum but don’t know why, read our Omni Anal Glands supplement review to find out whether this product can help to relieve this uncomfortable condition.

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On the left of the picture, a close up, side-on shot of the head, ear and little black nose of Coco, the white and champagne coloured lhasa apso dog. She is sniffing at a white plastic tub which is resting on a green grassy lawn. The tub has a screw on lid which has the brand name 'omni rescue' in red and green lettering. On the label going round the tub itself is the brand name again, together with the name of the product the tub contains 'anal glands supplements'. This image is to illustrate this Omni anal glands supplement review

I always find it a really uncomfortable experience when taking our dog, Coco, to the vets to have her anal glands ‘expressed’, so goodness only knows how she feels. And I don’t suppose it’s the vet’s favourite job either! But as with many dogs, this can be a fairly regular occurrence so, like many pet parents, I wanted to find a reputable product that might alleviate, or even prevent the problem in the first place. Consequently, we tried this dog anal gland supplement on Coco, and whilst it hasn’t completely eradicated the condition, she has required far less, erm…manual intervention than she needed before. And if Coco could speak, I suspect she’d say that she’s pretty grateful for that!

Editor’s rating: 4.7 / 5

Pros

  • Fewer vet visits
  • Appetising
  • Plant-based ingredients
  • Competitively priced

Cons

  • Plastic container

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Please note that Omni gifted these supplements and asked me to review the product. I have done so without bias, and this account of our experience of using this product is factual and honest.

Why does my dog need an anal gland supplement?

Well, your dog may never need one, although blocked anal glands are quite a common problem. And they can be more frequent in a dog that’s overweight, or one that regularly has softer poos (because the glands need firm, bulky poos that will naturally ‘milk’ them on exit). Symptoms of a blockage can include:

  • ‘scooting’ along the floor on their bottom
  • foul, fishy smell and possible leakage from around their backside
  • looking suddenly around at their bottom (I know, sounds ridiculous)
  • licking and biting their bum excessively

Anyway, you can try consistently adding more fibre to your dog’s diet but this isn’t always easy and straightforward – particularly if your dog dislikes eating fresh vegetables regularly for example – and so that’s when a supplement can be helpful.

You can read this useful PDSA article about blocked anal glands in dogs for more information and of course if you are concerned about your dog’s health, take professional veterinary advice.

The positives

These palatable dog supplements are fully plant-based, their cost is competitive when compared to similar products on the market (although not cheap), and best of all, they seem to work which means we get to see less of the vet.

Close up picture of the face of Coco, a white and champagne coloured lhasa apso dog with a cute black nose. Her big brown eyes are staring into the camera

Fewer vet visits

We seemed to be in a never-ending cycle of Coco paying more attention than she should to her rear end, sometimes shooting her head round to look at it as if she’d had an electric shock, and all with an occasional leak of a very, very whiffy substance from under the tail area. Then, off to the vets for an uncomfortable (for Coco) consultation, and problem solved…until the next time. And according to the vet, some dogs need their anal glands expressed on a monthly basis! Thankfully, it wasn’t that frequent for Coco, but still often enough to make me think there must be another way to help.

Consequently, we started her on these anal gland supplements for dogs and after a few weeks, saw a distinct improvement. Some months in, and Coco has only had to go to the vets once to chivvy the process along a bit which is a significant improvement.


Appetising

These vet-formulated dog supplements have been designed to appeal to even the fussiest canines (of which I have one) and Coco happily chews her way through this pleasant-smelling daily treat. Her pal, Doris the labradoodle, also thinks they’re yummy, although she is a little less fussy than Coco as you can see in this Omni Irritated Skin supplement review.

But ultimately, if your dog really doesn’t like it, you can simply crumble it up and add it to their food, although I’ve not known anyone using these supplements that has needed to do that.


Plant-based ingredients

Yep, that’s right, there are no animal products used in Omni’s range. Many dog supplements will still contain animal-derived ingredients, so this is important for me. And according to Omni, the ingredients are evidence-based too, suggesting there is scientific research to back up the use of ingredients like psyllium husk, inulin, toasted pumpkin seeds, and pectin. These are certainly all good sources of fibre that I have also seen in other vegan dog products.


Competitively priced

When I have searched for other dog supplements formulated to treat blocked anal glands, they tend to be priced at a similar level, or higher. Consequently, I believe that Omni’s product is competitively priced, particularly when you also look at the subscription savings and discounts they offer, together with the add-on services like free online vet consultations for subscribers. Personally, I also factor into the cost that I’m paying less money out in vet fees.


The negatives

Of course I’d still like to see a cheaper product, but I believe it to be of good quality and it is priced competitively, so it would be unfair to single out cost as a negative. I’d also like it to be 100% effective and prevent Coco from experiencing the discomfort of blocked anal glands completely, but that may be an unrealistic expectation. So again, it doesn’t seem appropriate to consider that as a negative, particularly because it really has helped, even if it hasn’t eradicated the problem completely. But, I do consider over-sized plastic pots as a negative, so…

Plastic container

Please reconsider the packaging of your dog supplements, Omni. You have put so much thought to the paper bags you use for your dried dog food – see my Omni dog food review for more on that – and surely there has been enough innovation in the wider world of supplementation, including human-grade products, to do this differently? I really hope this is on their to-do list because these plastic pots are larger than they need to be, and feel very wasteful.


On the left of the picture, a close up, side-on shot of the head, ear and little black nose of Coco, the white and champagne coloured lhasa apso dog. She is sniffing at a white plastic tub which is resting on a green grassy lawn. The tub has a screw on lid which has the brand name 'omni rescue' in red and green lettering. On the label going round the tub itself is the brand name again, together with the name of the product the tub contains 'anal glands supplements'. This image is to illustrate this Omni anal glands supplement review

My thoughts on this Omni Anal Glands Supplement Review

When pulling this blog together, I tried really hard to come up with a jokey title, butt I just couldn’t think of one. And with that, it’s time to move onto my thoughts about this product…

So, I get to write about some interesting things here on Vegan Mum, and learn a lot as a result of the research I carry out for my articles. I certainly feel like I’ve become quite knowledgeable about the workings of a dog’s rear end and I hadn’t originally realised that Coco’s ‘scooting’ – where a dog shuffles about on their bottom – was part of her anal gland issue. For years I’d assumed it was worm-related, although I’ve no idea why I thought that.

Anyway, scooting she was, and biting her bottom, and suddenly turning her head to stare at her backside like it had just caught light. But it was only when we visited the vet for a completely different reason some time ago that I mentioned these behaviours and hey presto, they knew immediately what it was. I think if Coco had known what was going to happen next she might have beaten a hasty retreat back into the waiting room, although the snapping on of the rubber gloves should have given her an inkling.

Suffice to say it is a pretty undignified procedure, and probably not one that your dog will want repeating too often. Coco certainly began to eye the vet with a little more suspicion afterwards. But it is effective, and saves your dog from a lot of discomfort as well as potentially more serious conditions. However, if it were me (and thankfully it’s not!) I would prefer to find a preventative measure instead. And that’s what these supplements are.

And whilst it is not always possible to tell if nutritional supplements are working (how do you know if your dog’s vitamin B levels have increased without a blood test) it is a different story with these. You can actually see that they’re working because over time, Coco’s poos became firmer, and a bit more frequent, and she stopped displaying the symptoms previously associated with her glands becoming blocked.

So actually, this has been a pretty easy review to write because the results of using the product are visible and tangible, although it does take some weeks before they have a significant impact. So if your dog suffers from this condition, then Omni’s Anal Glands supplements might be just what their bottom needs.

I hope you’ve found this Omni Anal Glands supplement review helpful. If you are interested in finding out more about some of Omni’s other vegan products for dogs, why not take a look at the articles below:

The Best Vegan Dog Foods in the UK

Omni Toppers vegan wet dog food review

Omni Joints & Mobility supplements

Omni vegan dog treats review

Penny Barkas


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