Frequently Asked Questions
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1: Should I use Karbo Flour or Karbo Essentials
2: When should I start my puppies on Karbo Essentials.
3: I just started my dog on Karbo and now he has diarrhea!
4: Do you have the Karbo Essentials in Pellet form
5: How long should I use the Essentials? Forever!
6: What are the Syringes for?
7: Which scoop do I use, the big one or the little one?
8: Should you give calcium during pregnancy?


1: Should I use Karbo Flour or Karbo Essentials Top

The Karbo Essentials in a newer product and was designed as a more powerful and more effective version of the Karbo Flour. Many people look at the two products and wonder if the Karbo Essentials is worth the extra money. We believe that it is and we recommend it to all of our customers for canines. Here's why: Karbo Essentials is a combination of two other products developed by Dr. Smith.(Karbo Flour and Epic II CL) Therefore the Karbo Essentials has many ingredients that the original Karbo Flour does not. These added ingredients stimulates the immune system more effectively then the original Karbo Flour . The Karbo Essentials also has the effect of tying up various toxins and dilating blood vessels to help the defense mechanisms of the animal to do a better job in fighting diseases caused by pathogenic viruses, bacteria and toxins. This point of dilating blood vessels is very important and (in my opinion) is the biggest advantage in the Karbo Essentials Formula. A virus is a sub-microscopic particle and therefore it is very easy for virus to hide in the animals body. Because of the effect Karbo Essentials has on blood flow, it is more effective at getting those hard to reach viruses, attaching to them and rafting them out of the animals body. Also, as you compare the two products it is important to look at the "per day" cost. Keeping a 10# dog on the Karbo Essentials breaks down to about 10 cents per day since you only give about 1/3 of a teaspoon a day. All things considered, we think that the Karbo Essentials is a very good value.
2: When should I start my puppies on Karbo Essentials. Top
Start the puppies on the Karbo Essentials as soon as they are able to eat solid food. Ideally, you would already have the mother on Karbo Essentials and so the puppies would be protected through the mother's milk. If you have a new litter of puppies and the mother is not on the Karbo Essentials, start the mother on the Karbo Essentials right away.
3: I just started my dog on Karbo and now he has diarrhea! Top
Some dogs need to slowly build up to the levels listed. When an animal has a lot of bacteria and toxins in the lower gut, diarrhea can occur as the Karbo cleans out the system. The solution is to build them up slowly. Drop to 1/4 the recommended amount and slowly increase the amount you give them over 4 weeks. For example an active 50lb dog would use 4 scoops per day. Lower the level to 1 scoop per day for a week. Then increase to 2 scoops per day for a week, then 3 scoops per day for a week until on the fourth week you are up to the recommended 4 scoops per day. NOTE: Make sure you use the included white scoop and make sure you use flat scoops, not heaping scoops.
4: Do you have the Karbo Essentials in Pellet form Top
For puppies and young animals (under 6 months old) use the Karbo Essentials, once the dog is older, you can switch to the Karbo Combo. However, Please note that only about 1/8 of an ounce is used for dogs. These smaller amounts are VERY DIFFICULT to measure out for dogs. Especially if you have a smaller dog (under 25 pounds.) You may end up counting pellets out for your dog, which means you will probably skip it rather then take the extra time. Almost all of our customers prefer the Karbo Essentials which comes with a small scoop (just for dogs and cats) so it is much easier to use. (TIP: sprinkle water over your dry dog food and then sprinkle the essentials over the top.)
5: How long should I use the Essentials? Forever! Top
Though it may surprise you to hear it, yes, you should keep your canine on the Karbo Essentials through out their life for best results. The reason is that when they are taking it, they will have a level of protection against viral and bacterial attacks. The Karbo Formula is in their blood stream ready to attach to any virus or bacteria that your dog may come into contact with. This is very important, because sometimes, you just don't have time to react. For example, in this article about a Parvo outbreak in in Ohio it says "Some animals died within hours of contracting the highly contagious disease. Others were euthanized based on their poor condition or the risk of their spreading the disease to other animals..." When these things hit, you have to be ready. Parvo is a very fast moving virus. The idea behind the Karbo Essentials is PREVENTION of the problem, not reaction to a problem. (Additonal articles here and here.)
6: What are the Syringes for? Top
At the Karbo Store, we don't include a syringe for dog owners. However if you order from another source, sometimes they include a blunt tipped syringe. The reason is that the Karbo Essentials can also be given to other animals like foals and calves. For these larger animals, you can mix the essentials with milk or yogurt and use the syringe to feed them according to the feeding schedule on the instruction. For canine, the syringe is rarely used.
7: Which scoop do I use, the big one or the little one? Top
At the Karbo store we only send one scoop with your order, the very small white scoop (see picture to the left. (It is about 1/3 of a teaspoon.) However if you order Karbo Essentials from another source, they sometimes send along a second scoop that is much larger. This larger scoop in for use with much larger animals such as colts or calves. The instructions for dogs are for using the small scoop.
8: Should you give calcium during pregnancy? Top
The following is an article written by Dr. Russell Smith, developer of the Karbo Formula.:

"The Calcium Question: Too Much or Too Little?

Calcium is an important, essential component of the skeleton, including the fetus. It functions in muscle contraction, blood clotting, enzyme activity, the nervous system and hormone release. Its uptake and homeostasis in the blood stream is governed by the parathyroid gland.

In certain animals, it is possible that too much calcium can allow the parathyroid gland to become inactive and not encourage adequate uptake of calcium from the gut. This activity can manifest itself by lowered blood calcium levels at the time of parturition, producing eclampsia (puerperal hypocalcemia) in the bitch. The treatment is to raise the blood calcium levels by IV injection and to increase dietary calcium intake.

The feeding of higher levels of calcium during pregnancy can promote eclampsia if the parathyroid gland is not functioning properly. However, with slightly higher amounts of calcium available, the good metabolic results are realized and available calcium to the mother and puppies is present. The organic calcium (shell flour) found in Karbo Essentials has to this point in time been very beneficial in preventing on onset of eclampsia either pre or postpartum. As noted in Merck’s Veterinary Manual (p. 809), eclampsia (puerperal hypocalcemia), is “usually seen at peak lactation, 2-3 wks after whelping”. It also states that “hypocalcemia most likely results from the loss of calcium into the milk and from inadequate dietary calcium intake.” Therefore, the benefit of slightly elevated levels of calcium in the bitch during parturition far outweighs the risks and effects associated with a calcium deficiency postpartum.

By using Karbo Combo, a host of good metabolic reactions including the binding of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi and toxins are taking place and the vital mineral needs are satisfied. Any surplus calcium is simply rafted out the body in the feces. In addition, with the ionophores present in the formula, most pathogens are also rafted out of the body. In most litters, the puppies are free of round worms, hookworms, giardia and coccidia upon fecal examinations.

Dr. Russell C. Smith




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