Ocu-GLO™ Frequently Asked Questions
1. How is Ocu-GLO™ administered? How do I pill my dog?
Antioxidants tend to be bitter-tasting, but the natural liver flavor of Ocu-GLO™ might not completely mask the taste of antioxidants. It is best if the dog does not chew the Gelcap and instead swallows it whole. The main reason for this is that if the Gelcap were chewed, the contents could stain carpet (and also the face of white dogs), but the staining easily washes out with water. Do not mistake this staining for blood!
If your dog won't readily take Ocu-GLO™, all the "usual suggestions" that Veterinarians give pet owners apply. Here are some additional suggestions that you might find useful:
2. Can I trust Ocu-GLO™ for my dog?
Two very important reasons that you can trust Ocu-GLO™:
1. Two Board-Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologists and a Compounding Pharmacist, with over 75 years combined experience in veterinary health, designed Ocu-GLO™ and tested its safety and palatability.
2. The 12 antioxidant ingredients in Ocu-GLO™ are all pharmaceutical grade, which means that they are made under strict Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) guidelines. GMP standards are much higher than those which nutritional product manufacturers are required to meet. The ingredients are natural and of the highest quality.
3. What is the shelf life of Ocu-GLO™?
The shelf life is three years due to the special way in which Ocu-GLO™ is manufactured. Because oxygen can oxidize and break down antioxidants, oxygen is intentionally removed from the inside of the Gelcap during the manufacturing process via a nitrogen gas exchange process.
4. What sizes does Ocu-GLO™ come in? What is the suggested dosage, and do the Gelcaps need to be given with food?
Ocu-GLO™ comes in 90 count bottles in two convenient sizes:
1. One for Small Dogs weighing 10 lbs or less. They are given 1 Gelcap daily.
2. One for Medium to Large Dogs weighing 11 lbs or more. Dogs between 11 and 30 lbs receive 1 Gelcap daily; 31 to 60 lbs receive 2 Gelcaps daily; 61 lbs and over receive 3 Gelcaps daily. Giant breed dogs over 100 lbs can receive 3 or 4 Gelcaps daily.
Two Small Dog Size Gelcaps equals ONE Medium/Large Dog Size Gelcap.
If the daily dose is more than one Gelcap, it can be given all at once or divided throughout the day. It should be given with a snack or a meal to improve absorption, and, may make it easier to give Ocu-GLO™ to your dog.
5. What is your product guarantee?
Animal Necessity products are 100% guaranteed. Any unopened products may be returned within 30 days after ordering for any reason.
6. How long will one bottle of Ocu-GLO™ last?
This depends on the weight of the dog:
7. How do I order Ocu-GLO™? How much does it cost?
Both pet owners and veterinarians can purchase Ocu-GLO™ from our website, both by the bottle or by the case (12 bottles/case). Pet owners purchasing online receive the MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price).
Veterinarians purchasing online receive the Health Professionals' price but must first register and provide state licensure information (which is then verified by Animal Necessity) in order to create a log-in account. Upon being verified, Veterinarians must then log-in in order to obtain the Health Professionals' price when ordering Ocu-GLO™.
If you are a pet owner, you might wish to ask your Veterinarian if they dispense or will dispense Ocu-GLO™ from their hospital for your dog.
8. How big are the Ocu-GLO™ Gelcaps?
The Ocu-GLO™ GelCaps in the Medium/Large Dog size are 2cm long and 0.5cm wide. The Small Dog size GelCaps are approximately half that size.
9. What if my dog does not want to just eat the Ocu-GLO™ Gelcap. Do you have any suggestions?
1. Because the reddish-orange gelcap contents can stain fabric and carpet, it is best if you can find a creative way to have your pet swallow the Ocu-GLO™ gelcap whole and NOT have them chew it. To help with this, you can hide the gelcap in a soft treat such as peanut butter, cream cheese, Cool-Whip®, Kraft Cheez-Whiz®, squirt Kraft Easy Cheese®, marshmallows, or canned pet food (especially if your dog normally only eats dry food). Other suggestions: A slice of chicken/ham/turkey wrapped around the gelcap; sometimes it is best to use a VERY thin slice of meat to closely wrap around the gelcaps, such as Carl Buddig Thinly Sliced Meat®. Other suggestions: braunschweiger (liver paste) and pound cake. Try giving a small amount of the food without the gelcap first to lower your pet's suspicions (see #5 below).
2. Use Pill Pockets®, a specially formulated soft moldable treat designed to hide pills and capsules. There are three flavors for dogs: Beef, Chicken, and Allergy Formula (Duck). Many veterinary clinics and pet stores carry Pill Pockets®.
3. Slice up a couple of hot dogs (a healthy brand) and put them in a plastic bag with your dog's gelcaps. Refrigerate for 24 hours. When you are ready to give your dog Ocu-GLO™, start by giving a few chunks of hot dog, followed by the gelcap. The gelcap will smell like the hot dog, so your dog will think that's what they're eating. Do not give the rounded ends of the hot dog without halving them first, as they can be a choking hazard.
4. Try giving Ocu-GLO™ when your dog is hungry, just before mealtime. If you have multiple dogs, give them ALL treats at the time that Ocu-GLO™ gelcaps are given, so that they are all eager to have a treat; this enhances the desire to eat the GelCaps.
5. Immediately after giving your dog the Ocu-GLO™ GelCap, give them another bite of food or treat as a "bite chaser". This will help ensure that your dog has swallowed the gelcaps. Another trick is to give 3 treats instead of 2 - 2 "undoctored" and 1 "doctored" with Ocu-GLO™ : Give an undoctored treat, then quickly give the doctored one, then quickly give the "bite chaser" undoctored one, so your dog is eager to swallow the second treat in order to get to the third one.
6. Some dogs, no matter what, will not take the gelcap whole. If this is the case, some owners will cut the tip off the gelcap (be careful-- it is messy!) and mix with food, and also cut up the capsule into bits and put that in the food too in order to make sure that the entire dose is taken.
7. Try smearing peanut butter (or cream cheese or braunschweiger) in the bottom of your dog's food dish, and then placing a small amount of their regular food and the Ocu-GLO™ on top, with a little bit of water to moisten everything. Many dogs will quickly swallow the food on top ASAP, in order to get to the peanut butter smeared at the bottom of the bowl.
8. Try associating Ocu-GLO™ treat time with a sound reinforcer. You can shake the bottle of Ocu-GLO™ and then immediately start giving the treat(s), so that your dog learns to come running when the bottle is shaken.
9. Professional method: Open your dog's mouth, place the gelcap as far back in the throat as possible and hold the mouth shut for 5-10 seconds to make them swallow. You might also try gently blowing in your dog's nose as this will cause them to swallow. If you are not sure how to do this, have your veterinarian's staff show you how.
10. Is it necessary to give a multi-vitamin with Ocu-GLO™?
Most multi-vitamins available for dogs have very low amounts of vitamins and minerals and are primarily to complement the diet that they are eating. The better quality foods are supplemented with a variety of antioxidants and vitamins/minerals but if they are cooked at too high a temperature, many of those nutrients may be somewhat depleted. Therefore, supplementing is a good idea.
We put the equivalent of a multivitamin into Ocu-GLO™ so that owners would not have to give a separate multivitamin. However, if you choose to give a separate multi-vitamin, it is unlikely that you will overdose your dog. The bottom line is that if you only want to use one product, use Ocu-GLO™; but, if you like the multi-vitamin that you use, we are happy to advise you on whether it is too much or just right.
11. Are the Soybean oil and Soy lecithin ingredients found in Ocu-GLO™ NON-GMO?
Yes. Both Soybean oil and Soy lecithin raw material used in Ocu Glo Rx ™ for Small and Medium/Large Dog Products are NON-GMO.
12. Is there Caffeine found in Ocu-GLO™?
Yes. Green tea extract raw material present in Ocu-GLO™ contains approximately 0.3 to 0.4 % caffeine. There is 40 mg raw material per softgel in Ocu-GLO™ which is equivalent to 0.12-0.16 mg caffeine per softgel. This is the trace amount of caffeine present in one softgel.
13. Are there animal products in Ocu-GLO™?
Yes, the outer gelatin coating has beef made from bones and the omega fatty acids are from sardines and anchovies.
If beef is a potential allergen in your dog, you can use the snip caps and open the capsules to let your dog eat the contents where the important active ingredients are.
14. Do you offer an Auto-Ship Service?
Yes! Animal Necessity offers an Auto-Ship Service for all of your pet's vitamin needs. Simply check the Auto-Ship boxes on the Animal Necessity checkout and select your weekly timeline. If you'd like, please view the Auto-Ship Frequently Asked Questions.