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FAQs

Equine FAQs

Q: How do Karbo Essentials or Karbo Combo affect a horse with PSSM? It was suggested to me by a friend to give my horse your product, but I am worried about the sugar in it.

A: Karbo Combo and Karbo Pellets contain oligosaccharides which are not utilized as a food source by animals or birds. The feeding of the above supplements does not increase the blood level or storage of these sugars. The use of these supplements is beneficial in helping to control sugar storage in muscles of the genetically altered animal.


Q: Will your product interfere with the medications my horse is on i.e. Marquis?

A: Karbo Combo complements the effectiveness of Marquis in the treatment of EPM and when the horse is kept on a maintenance dose of Karbo Combo, EPM will no longer be able to establish itself in the animal. Follow a two month regimen with the Karbo Combo to restore the horse to a healthy condition. Feed 2oz. both morning and evening for two weeks followed by 1oz. both morning and evening for the next month. Continue to feed the Karbo Combo on a maintenance dose at a level of 1oz. per day to eliminate the possibility of this condition ever recurring. All of the additional benefits of this product are a plus to your horse’s health.


Q: Your instructions say to feed twice a day, but my horse is being boarded and I can only give him the Karbo Combo once a day.

  • Why does it need to be given twice a day?
  • If I don’t have any other choice, should I increase the amount I give once a day?

A: The reason for twice daily feeding is to keep the blood unit consistent. You can feed the daily recommended dose once a day and it will have the same effect.


Q: Is Karbo Combo a complete vitamin supplement or should I feed something else as well?

A: Karbo Combo has adequate vitamins for a maintenance level. Performance horses or horses under training stress will benefit from additional vitamins in their rations.


Q: I have a horse that is prone to ulcers. I have had her on Karbo Combo for a year but recently her ulcers have surfaced again. Is the Karbo Combo okay for horses with ulcers or is the Karbo Pellet a better way to go?

A: The Karbo Combo and the Karbo Pellet formulations are both equally effective in the control of ulcers in the equine. Because the equine secretes stomach acids on a continual basis, 24 hours/day, stress situations may increase the amount of acid produced. Therefore, horses in training or high levels of performance activities should be kept on a higher level of Karbo Combo or Karbo Pellets to lessen the devastation caused by ulcers in the stomach or colon.


Q: If you have one horse on Karbo Combo could he give something to others through his manure if they eat it? I was reading on your site how viruses are expelled from the body in the manure and I am concerned for my other horses that are not on the Karbo Combo.

A: Karbo Combo and Karbo Pellets that are not fully utilized during the digestive process and pass through the horse will not infect another horse exposed to its manure. The benefits of the antibacterial, antiviral and antiprotozoal properties of these supplements effectively control the transmissions of disease and parasites.


Q: I kept my horse on Karbo Flour and Epic II CL for several months then switched to the Karbo Combo. I feel that my horse has not done as well on the Karbo Combo. Do you know why this would be?

A: The supplements you are using, in either liquid or pellet form are equally effective. If your horse is in training or in performance mode, increasing the amount of Karbo Combo in its daily ration will be entirely satisfactory in maintaining its physical condition.


Q: What is considered a reasonable period of time to feed the Karbo Combo and hopefully see improvement in a horse?

A: Depending on the horse’s general condition and the level of parasitism and level of immune response, Karbo Combo will show decided improvements in 30 days depending on the severity of the conditions listed above.


Q: Will your products help with Pigeon Fever?

A: In most instances, supplementing Karbo Combo pellets in the ration at least one week before exposing horses to the organisms that produce what we call Shipping Fever (Distemper), i.e. viruses, strep bacteria, protozoa, EPM, and others, will be adequately controlled so that these conditions do not become an issue by the stimulation of the immune systems of the horse.


Q: Do you know if insulin resistant horses have had any success with the Karbo Combo? As Karbo Combo is made up of mannan and glucan sugars, is it appropriate for a horse with insulin resistance?

A: Insulin resistant horses have shown dramatic improvements. This phenomenon is not completely understood at this time. The mannon and glycan sugars are oligosaccharides which are not utilized by the animal, therefore have no effect on the diabetic status of that animal.


Q: Have lamanitic/foundered horses been able to return to a grass diet after being put on the Karbo Combo?

A: If the coffin bone has not been damaged to a great degree during the process of the necrotic founder, the addition of the Karbo Combo as early as possible in a suspected founder position has been very beneficial in salvaging the lamina supporting the coffin bone.


Q: What are the percentages of ingredients, particularly calcium? My horse doesn't tolerate calcium, and we feed a diet that has little or no calcium.

A: The Karbo Combo and Karbo Pellet formulation contain 6-8% of organic calcium.


Q: I currently feed Platinum Performance with glucosamine. Will the Karbo Combo replace this and does it help with joint function?

A: Karbo Combo, Karbo Pellets, and Karbo Essentials all have high levels of perna which is extremely beneficial in joint functions and healing.


Q: I have a horse with Shivers and he is on a low carb, high fat diet. Will Karbo Combo contribute to his health and well being?

A: By stimulating all of the immune functions which include the nervous system, the addition of the Karbo Combo or Karbo Pellet supplements, which have adequate amounts of the elements zinc and selenium, usually will correct this condition.


Q: My horse will not eat the Karbo Pellets no matter how I mix them in with his feed. Do you have any suggestions to make it more palatable?

A: Any product containing flavors that your horse likes i.e. apple, carrots or others added to the Karbo Pellets may be successful in increasing acceptance. The addition of powdered milk replacers are many times very acceptable to the horse and can be mixed with the pellets and the horse feed.


Q: I have never heard of your product before and was told that it is great for de-worming. Can it be used for that purpose and if so, does it kill worms throughout the body (including tape worms, thread worms, etc.)?

A: This is all anecdotal information from owners, trainers, and breeders that have used the product on a maintenance lever for years and have fecal samples checked on a monthly basis by qualified laboratories and results come back negative for large strongyles, small strongyles, tape worms and thread worms. In addition, horses put on the supplements for the first time in late summer also pass bots.


Q: I have a 6 year-old stallion that is on his second month of treatment for EPM. Should I start feeding Karbo Combo now or wait until the Marquis is finished?

A: Start immediately. Follow a two month regimen with the Karbo Combo to restore the horse to a healthy condition. Feed 2oz. both morning and evening for two weeks followed by 1oz. both morning and evening for the next month. Continue to feed the Karbo Combo on a maintenance dose at a level of 1oz. per day to eliminate the possibility of this condition ever recurring. All of the additional benefits of this product are a plus to your horse’s health.


Q: Would any of your products be beneficial to a barrel horse who is a known bleeder? I do not want to have to give Lasix before every run.

A: Anecdotal evidence has shown over and over that bleeders for whatever the reason are helped in the elimination of this condition when put on a maintenance dose of Karbo Combo or Karbo Pellets.


Q: Do you expect a horse on Karbo Combo to have loose stools initially when started on this product?

A: At times, horses that are put on the Karbo Combo have an unbalanced digestive tract bacteria flora. The intestinal tract contains over 800 strains of bifido bacteria (good gut bacteria). In eliminating the bad bacteria that are present in many horses and allowing the good bacteria to proliferate with the aid of probiotics, diarrhea of a short duration will take place in many cases.


Q: Every time we run out of Karbo Combo our gelding becomes listless and doesn't eat or picks at his food. He acts like he doesn't feel good for about two days and then he starts to feel better. Do you know of this happening? Is it common?


A: This is a common occurrence in many horses because they love the product and feel extremely good when their nutritional needs are being satisfied 100%. Discontinuing or removing the product upsets their entire digestive and immune systems. Realizing that 80% of the horses immune system stimulation takes place in the gut (Peyer’s patches), removing this stimulation by taking away the vulnerable components provided in the Karbo Combo formula upsets the natural stimulation of the immune system. Remember that if the immune system is working properly, clinical diseases are rare.


Q: We have a horse that is 9 years-old, and apparently suffered from EPM when he was younger. He still has the facial paralysis and does not have full coordination in his rear end. Will this product help him in any way or is it for horses first diagnosed with the disease?

A: The use of Karbo Combo has shown in many cases to correct the condition you described. Please remember that the protozoa causing the nerve death to the muscle fiber is irreversible, however stimulating the growth (through exercise of the muscle fibers that are still functional to bulk them up) will let the horse function in a normal manner.


Q: If I put a horse on Karbo Combo do I also need to keep him on a probiotic? Is it okay, while on the maintenance dose of Karbo Combo to also feed a probiotic once or twice a week?

A: The Karbo Combo and Karbo Pellets have a great number of probiotics in each gram of material. In my opinion, the addition of any probiotics at this time is not necessary as long as the horse is on a maintenance dose.

We apologize that we do not yet have any Bovine specific questions and answers to share with you at this time.

Please call Dr. Smith at 608.742.6014 or email us at info@gomersinc.com and we will get your questions answered and posted to the website.

We apologize that we do not yet have any Swine specific questions and answers to share with you at this time.

Please call Dr. Smith at 608.742.6014 or email us at info@gomersinc.com and we will get your questions answered and posted to the website.

Canine FAQ

Q: I have a litter of puppies and just want to confirm that I can give this to a nursing mom as well as the puppies or would this overload the nursing pups?

A: The use of Karbo Essentials in the pregnant bitch will pass through the placental barrier and will effectively eliminate hood worm and round worm larvae in the bitch and puppies and also promote a functional immune system that will be viable at time of whelping.


Q: I have read some concerns about the calcium carbonate in the Karbo Essentials when given to pregnant bitches. Calcium supplements are ordinarily not given during pregnancy as it increases the chance of eclampsia. I have been giving Karbo Essentials to all of my dogs, including the pregnant ones. Should I discontinue its use during pregnancy?

A: I would suggest that you maintain all of your bitches on the Karbo Essentials with its high levels of calcium. The possibility of those animals developing eclampsia or milk fever is rare. If they do develop eclampsia, please remember that the treatment is calcium IV or orally.

We apologize that we do not yet have any Feline specific questions and answers to share with you at this time.

Please call Dr. Smith at 608.742.6014 or email us at info@gomersinc.com and we will get your questions answered and posted to the website.

We apologize that we do not yet have any Bird specific questions and answers to share with you at this time.

Please call Dr. Smith at 608.742.6014 or email us at info@gomersinc.com and we will get your questions answered and posted to the website.

We apologize that we do not yet have any Camelid specific questions and answers to share with you at this time.

Please call Dr. Smith at 608.742.6014 or email us at info@gomersinc.com and we will get your questions answered and posted to the website.

General Questions

Q: Besides testimonials, what studies have been done and what characteristics are you measuring? How are you measuring increased immune response and a healthier animal and over what time period and on what types of horses?

A: We have no scientific studies other than anecdotal evidence provided by animal owners. The characteristics that we are seeking include the elimination as so far as possible in controlling viruses, bacteria and protozoa with naturally occurring organic compounds. These compounds stimulate the immune systems of animals and birds to produce ionophors (electrical discharges) which kill the above mentioned organisms. Ionophors take no prisoners and they kill the offending organisms. The increase in the immune response is measured by licensed laboratories that people hire to collect blood samples for their animals and render a diagnosis of the animal’s immune status.


Q: Are there any peer-reviewed veterinary journal articles that analyze your product and its effects?

A: At the present time, to my knowledge, there are no published university studies using the Karbo Combo or Karbo Pellets.


Q: I am wondering if the heat wave we are experiencing will affect the potency of your product. Will a 90 degree tack room deteriorate the product?

A: Temperatures above 110°F will kill the encapsulated enzymes, vitamins and probiotics.


Q: What is the advantage of Karbo Combo over the Karbo Pellets or Karbo Flour?

A: Karbo Combo is made up by adding the Epic and Karbo Flour formulation together into one convenient package. Epic, a liquid formulation, acts very quickly and with Karbo Pellets achieves the goals we seek in horse health at a rapid rate. Karbo Combo achieves the same goals, but at a slightly slower rate.


Q: What is the shelf life of your products and how should they be stored?

A: The shelf life of all of our Karbo Products as well as Epic II CL is two years from the date of production. Temperatures over 110°F destroy the enzymes, the vitamins and the probiotics contained in the product. Freezing and thawing are not detrimental at all.


Q: The last order of Karbo Combo that I bought seems to have a different color and odor. Have you changed the formula or is this normal?

A: Any organic compound exposed to environmental conditions such as variations in temperature, moisture, or air quality will have an effect on odor and consistency. Finicky eaters, because of their enhanced sense of smell, may show a variation in preference.


Q: Our gallon jug of Epic II CL got frozen this week. Is it still okay to use?

A: Freezing and thawing of the Epic CL II has no effect on its overall efficiency. However, raising the temperature above 110°F or higher, will begin to destroy the encapsulated enzymes, vitamins and probiotics.