A dog is always known to be the “man’s best friend”. It is always a wonderful addition to any home. It provides so much fun, joy and comfort to the members of the home and an adoptive family. Whether you are a first-time or an experienced pet-parent, it is important to prioritize your dog’s happiness and health. One must always look into his responsibility in taking care of the pet by knowing the dog’s needs. It is important for one to understand the dog before he can fully practice his pet-parenthood.

May this information be of good help to you as you start or continues to build a strong bond with your beloved dog. Here are some useful tips and basic things to consider in raising your pet dog with the big help of Grand Humivet®.

General Care

Know your dogs and their needs. It is essential for you to make your own program of activities for your dog.

FEEDING

  • Four meals a day for puppies, aging 8-12 weeks old.
  • Three meals a day for puppies 3-6 months old
  • Two meals a day for puppies 6 months to one year old.
  • When your dog reaches 1 year, one meal a day is usually enough.
  • For some dogs, including larger dogs, it’s better to feed two smaller meals.
  • Premium-quality dry food provides a well-balanced diet for adult dogs and may be mixed with water, broth or canned food.
  • Puppies should be fed a good-quality puppy food (large breed puppy foods for large breeds). Please limit “people food,” however, because it can result in vitamin and mineral imbalances, bone and teeth problems and may cause very picky eating habits and obesity.
  • Add 5g or 1 teaspoon of Grand Humivet® (all-natural, organic humic acid powder) to 4-8 kgs of food as a routine supplement for optimum nutrition.
  • Clean, fresh water should be available at all times, and be sure to wash food and water dishes frequently.
  • For all ages, add Grand Humivet® (all-natural, organic humic acid powder) 5g or 1 teaspoon to 4-8 liters of water as a routine supplement for optimum nutrition, immune boosting, bacterial and viral protection along side with the inflammatory and liver diseases, fungi and metabolic diseases protection and prevention.

PHYSICAL HEALTH

Dogs need exercise to be physically fit by burning calories, stimulating their minds, and staying healthy at all times.Individual exercise varies based on breed, sex, age and level of health. Exercise also helps the dogs avoid boredom, which sometimes lead to destructive behaviors. Pet owners (pet-parents) must look for more creative ways to introduce exercise to their dogs. Supervised fun and games will satisfy many of your pet’s instinctual urges to dig, herd, chew, retrieve and chase. You may enroll your pet to a dog walking clubs or dog agility clubs near you which opens an opportunity later for your dog to enjoy the competition in these fields.

TAKE NOTE:

Blood Properties

Red Blood Cells are playing a vital role in the transport of oxygen from the lungs to the tissues and metabolically produce CO2 to the lungs for expiration. Hemoglobin also contributes vasodilation and improved blood flow to working muscles during exercise and agility.

One of the main functions of the Grand Humivet® is to facilitate and improve the production and function of the red blood cells, thus, increasing the hemoglobin production for proper oxygenation of tissues and blood flow. Further effects result to fast healing and recovery of the damaged tissues and systemic injuries.

Grooming

Frequent brushing keeps your dog clean and reduce shedding. Make your regular or daily check up for fleas and ticks, especially during warm weather. Dogs don’t need to be bathed more than a few times a year. Carefully rinse all soap out of the coat or the dirt will stick to soap residue. Be creative enough in trimming your dog’s coat, especially in the mouth, the nose and the eye areas.

Visit the nearest grooming center for your dog’s general grooming once or twice a year. Speak to your veterinarian about the proper grooming practice.

Handling

Proper handling is a necessity. Take your dog with an extra care and a tender touch. To carry a puppy or small dog, place your one hand under the dog’s chest, with either your forearm or other hand supporting the hind legs and rump. Never attempt to lift or grab your puppy or small dog by the forelegs, tail or back of the neck. If you lift a large dog, lift from the underside, supporting his chest with one arm and his rear end with the other.

Housing

Your dog also needs a home. A warm, quiet place to rest, away from all drafts and off the floor is all your dog needs.A training, crate or dog bed is ideal, with a clean blanket or pillow placed inside. Often wash the dog’s bedding. If your dog will be spending a lot of time outdoors, be sure she has access to shade and plenty of cool water in hot weather, and a warm, dry, covered shelter when it’s cold. Observe sanitation in its kennel or dog house.

Daily regular cleaning is necessary for your dog’s kennel or housing. Clean the kennels of puppies first before the adults. These are some of the practical cleaning tips:

  1. Everybody Out – place the dog outside of the kennel, in a clean, empty run or in a separate holding area. Remove food and water bowls, beddings and toys. Clean all the bowls, rinse and dry each item prior to reusing them. Clean blankets and all other things inside the kennel.
  2. Get the Scoop – rid the kennel of all solid waste such as feces and hair. Rinse the cage thoroughly with hot water.
  3. Solution Dilution – Apply disinfectant. Carefully read the label and dilute disinfectants and cleaning agents according to the manufacturer’s instruction. Thoroughly apply the solutions to all surfaces of the kennel or dog house.
  4. Spic ‘n Span – use a stiff brush to scrub the kennel from ceiling to floor, all walls and doors and resting boards. Scrub and disinfect the fronts and backs of the kennel doors, hinges, latches and any surfaces between runs. Let the solution stay as required by the manufacturers before you rinse.
  5. Wet and dry – thoroughly rinse all surfaces with a steady stream of water. Then dry the kennel as completely as possible using a squeegee and ventilation.
  6. Back the Way it Came – after the enclosure is completely dry, add clean food and water bowls, bedding, toys and lastly, a dog.

Vaccinations

Your dog may benefit from receiving a number of vaccinations. Please consult your veterinarian about the type of vaccine available for your dog and the schedule of its administration. Keep your vaccination card updated for reference.

Dog Supply Checklist

  • Premium-quality dog food and treats
  • Grand Humivet®
  • Food dish
  • Water bowl
  • Toys, toys and more toys, including safe chew toys
  • Brush & comb for grooming, including flea comb
  • Collar with license and ID tag
  • Leash
  • Carrier (for smaller dogs)
  • Training crate
  • Dog bed or box with a warm blanket or towel
  • Dog toothbrush
  • The Scoop on Poop

Take note:

Keep your dog on a leash when you are outside, unless you are in a secured, fenced-in area. If your dog defecates on a neighbor’s lawn, the sidewalk or any other public place, please clean it up.

DOG NUTRITION

A balanced and a healthy diet are critically important to your dog’s maintenance and growth and overall health. As a pet-parent, you should facilitate the special needs, nutrient deficiencies and other supplemental needs of your pet. The dog should get all the nutrients it needs for a high-quality, safe and healthy pet foods. To make sure of the food safety that you are giving to your pet, you should have a direct touch over the kind of food and supplements you are giving to your pets with a full knowledge of its nutritional components. Know that dogs of different ages have different nutritional requirements. You should know how much or how little should you be feeding your dog.

Nutrients Your Dog Needs

Nutrients are substances obtained from food and used by an animal as a source of energy and as part of the metabolic machinery necessary for maintenance and growth. Basically, there are the six essential classes of nutrients dogs need for optimum healthy living.

  1. Water Essential to life, water accounts for between 60 to 70% of an adult pet’s body weight. While food may help meet some of your pet’s water needs (dry food has up to 10% moisture, while canned food has up to 78% moisture), pets must have fresh clean water available to them at all times. A deficiency of water may have serious repercussions for pets. A 10% decrease in body water can cause serious illness, while a 15% loss can result in death.

NOTE:Water is a very important solvent that would carry essential nutrients to the dog’s body. It is always necessary to ensure that the water we are giving is not just for quenching purposes, but also for mineral and nutritional transport to the dog’s system. This can only be achieved by mixing Grand Humivet® powder routinely in the dog’s water. One (1) Teaspoon which is equivalent to 5g of Grand Humivet® powder mixed with 4-8 liters of water can exhibit maximum result to optimum nutrition and microbial action as well as immunity boosting to your pet dogs.

  1. Proteins– Proteins are the basic building blocks for cells, tissues, organs, enzymes, hormones and antibodies, and are essential for growth, maintenance, reproduction and repair. It can be obtained from a number of sources, including animal-based meats such as chicken, lamb, turkey, beef, fish and eggs and in vegetables, cereals and soya.

Please note: Do not give your pet raw eggs. Raw egg white contains avidin, an anti-vitamin that interferes with the metabolism of fats, glucose, amino acids and energy.

  1. Fats – Fats are the most concentrated form of food energy, providing your pet with more than twice the energy of proteins or carbohydrates. Fats are essential in the structure of cells, needed for the production of some hormones, and are required for absorption and utilization of certain vitamins. Fats also provide insulation and protection for internal organs. A deficiency of essential fatty acids may result in reduced growth or increased skin problems.
  2. Carbohydrates– Carbohydrates provide energy, play a vital role in the health of the intestine, and are important for reproduction. While there is no minimum carbohydrate requirement, there is a minimum glucose requirement necessary to supply energy to critical organs such as the brain.

Fibers are the kinds of carbohydrates that alter the bacterial population in the small intestine, which can help manage chronic diarrhea in dogs. For dogs to obtain the most benefit from fiber, the fiber source must be moderately fermentable. Moderately fermentable fibers—including beet pulp, which is commonly used in dog foods—are best to promote a healthy gut while avoiding the undesirable side effects of highly fermentable fibers, like flatulence and excess mucus.Other examples of moderately fermentable fibers include brans (corn, rice and wheat) and wheat middlings. Foods that are high in fiber are not good for dogs with high energy requirements, and who are young and growing.

The use of Grand Humivet® of the dog’s diet (in water or food) is very facilitative in promoting excellent gut health. It stimulates the production of “good microbes” necessary in proper gut functions of digestion. It also suppresses the production of “bad bacteria” which become detrimental to gut health and digestion..

  1. Vitamins – Tiny amounts of vitamins are necessary in dogs for normal metabolic functioning. Most vitamins cannot be synthesized in the body, and therefore are essential to obtain in the diet.

Please note that when feeding your dog a complete and balanced diet, it is unnecessary to give a vitamin supplement unless a specific vitamin deficiency is diagnosed by a veterinarian. Due to over supplementation, poisoning due to excess vitamins (hypervitaminosis) is more common these days than vitamin deficiency (hypovitaminosis). Excess vitamin A may result in bone and joint pain, brittle bones and dry skin. Excess vitamin D may result in very dense bones, soft tissue calcification and kidney failure.

  1. Minerals– Minerals are nutrients that cannot be synthesized by animals and must be provided in the diet. In general, minerals are most important as structural constituents of bones and teeth, for maintaining fluid balance and for their involvement in many metabolic reactions.

IMPORTANT:

Mineral Transfer

To facilitate the fast and excellent absorption of the food elements to the body, it is necessary to give a routine dietary supplement. Mix 5g or 1 teaspoon of Grand Humivet® to4-8kgs of food to achieve optimum nutrition among dogs. Humic Acid, which is the active ingredient of Grand Humivet®,increases the cell membrane permeability for easy transfer of minerals from the blood to bones and parts of the body. This is a very good way of preventing food wastage due to high absorption, digestion and metabolism action of the Grand Humivet® to dogs.

Detoxification

Grand Humivet® is also a very potent chelating agent of life sustaining minerals. It puts the essential minerals into a chemical state (Phyto-state) so they are readily absorbed by the body. It brings the toxic heavy metals into a chemical state that is difficult for cellular absorption. Thus, detoxification process is achieved.

Liver Effects

A healthy liver brings about its full function in the digestive process. It is very important to ensure the liver conditions to achieve the excellent absorption of nutrients from the small intestine. Bile from the liver plays an important role in digesting fat. Grand Humivet®increases the efficiency of the liver cells to exhibit functions on digestion. It takes an active part in the liver metabolism, its functions and for its protection. It is also regenerative to damaged liver cells, causing an increase in liver mass.

Feeding Your Puppy

Puppies require up to twice the energy intake of adult dogs and, depending on the breed, will need to be fed a food that contains 25 to 30% protein. Remember, the adult size of a dog is determined genetically—not by how fast the animal grows. Do not overfeed in an attempt to accelerate a puppy’s growth rate.

If they are allowed to overeat, puppies can consume too many calories, grow too rapidly and develop health problems. Small breeds often reach their adult body weight in nine to twelve months. As puppies, it’s okay to leave dry food out for small them to peck as they wish.But most medium-breed puppies and all large- or giant-breed pups can suffer from bone or joint problems if they eat too much during this stage and benefit most from controlled feeding.

Feeding Your Adult Dog

Adult dogs require sufficient nutrients to meet energy needs and to maintain and repair body tissues. The amount you feed your adult dog should be based on its size and energy output. Activity levels may vary dramatically between pets, and will play an important role in determining caloric intake.

Setting a Feeding Schedule

We recommend all dogs be fed twice daily. Simply divide the amount of food your pet requires into two meals, spaced eight to twelve hours apart. Dogs may be fed in a number of ways that meet both the owner’s and the animal’s needs. These methods include portion-control, free-choice and timed feeding.

It is always wise to add Grand Humivet® into your dog’s diet to achieve its optimum nutrition and perfect health.

COMMON DOG DISEASES

As a pet-parent, it is very important to know the basics in recognizing the signs and symptoms of your dog’s common illnesses for you to consider the immediate first-aid treatment or seeking the veterinary assistance as soon as possible. The following are the most common inflictions that frequently affect dogs.

Cancer

Cancer is a class of diseases in which cells grow uncontrollably, invade surrounding tissue and may spread to other areas of the body. As with people, dogs can get various kinds of cancer. The disease can be localized (confined to one area, like a tumor) or generalized (spread throughout the body).

Causes of Cancer

Cancer is a “multifactorial” disease, which means it has no known single cause. However, we do know that both hereditary and environmental factors can contribute to the development of cancer in dogs.

Cancer Symptoms

  • Lumps (which are not always malignant, but should always be examined by a vet)
  • Swelling
  • Persistent sores
  • Abnormal discharge from any part of the body
  • Bad breath
  • Listlessness/lethargy
  • Rapid, often unexplained weight loss
  • Sudden lameness
  • Black, tarry stools (a symptom of ulcers, which can be caused by mast cell tumors)
  • Decreased or loss of appetite
  • Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating

Cancer Prevention

Having your dog altered at a young age can dramatically reduce their chance of getting certain types of cancer. Breast cancer can be avoided almost completely by having your dog spayed before her first heat cycle, while a neutered male dog has zero chance of developing testicular cancer. Immediately, consult your veterinarian for all cancer symptoms for an immediate medication and procedures.

Cancer Treatments

Treatment options vary and depend on the type and stage of cancer.

Common treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy or a combination of therapies. Success of treatment depends on the type and extent of the cancer and the aggressiveness of the therapy. Of course, early detection is best.

Some dog owners opt for no treatment of the cancer, in which case, palliative end of life care, including pain relief, should be considered. Regardless of how you proceed after a diagnosis of cancer in your pet, it is very important to consider his quality of life when making future decisions.

Some cancers can be cured, while others cannot. Please note that if your dog’s cancer is not curable, there are still many things you can do to make your pet feel better. Don’t hesitate to talk to your vet about your options. And remember good nutrition and loving care can greatly enhance your dog’s quality of life.

Consult Your Vet

Contact your veterinarian immediately if your dog shows any of the clinical signs mentioned on the list above. Should your dog receive a diagnosis of cancer, you may wish to consult a veterinary oncologist, often employed by specialty veterinary practices and teaching hospitals.

Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is a term loosely used to describe a complex of respiratory infections—both viral and bacterial—that causes inflammation of a dog’s voice box and windpipe. It’s a form of bronchitis and is similar to a chest cold in humans. Though it usually clears up on its own, kennel cough is highly contagious to other dogs.

Symptoms of Kennel Cough

  • A persistent dry cough with a “honking” sound.
  • In most cases, she’ll appear healthy except for the cough.
  • Gagging
  • Coughing up white foamy phlegm
  • Fever
  • Nasal discharge
  • Causes of Kennel Cough

Dogs can catch kennel cough in several ways:

Kennel cough can spread through aerosols in the air, directly from dog to dog, or through germs on contaminated objects.Kennel cough is often spread in enclosed areas with poor air circulation, like a kennel or an animal shelter.It can also spread through direct contact like to share water dishes or even greeting another dog.

Most kennels will not board a pet without proof of a recent vaccination against parainfluenza and Bordetella, two of the main causes of kennel cough.

Dogs More Prone to Kennel Cough

Dogs who have frequent contact with other dogs, especially in enclosed or poorly-ventilated areas, are most prone to becoming infected. Young and unvaccinated dogs are also at higher risk.

Prevention

The best way to prevent kennel cough is to prevent exposure. Vaccinations are also available for several of the agents known to be involved in kennel cough, including parainfluenza, Bordetella and adenovirus-2. Ask your vet if these are recommended, and how often.

Vaccinations aren’t useful if a dog has already caught the virus.

Kennel Cough Treatment

See your veterinarian if your dog develops a cough. In some cases, you may be advised to simply let kennel cough run its course and heed the following:

  • Dogs with kennel cough should be isolated from other dogs.
  • A humidifier, vaporizer or steam from a shower can provide relief for irritated breathing passages.
  • Avoid exposing your dog to cigarette smoke or other noxious, irritating fumes.
  • A cough suppressant or antimicrobial may be prescribed.
  • If your dog pulls against her collar while being walked, replace it with a harness until the coughing subsides.
  • Supportive care is very important—be sure your dog is eating, drinking and in a stress-free environment.

Consult Your Veterinarian

If you suspect your dog has kennel cough, immediately isolate her from all other dogs and call your veterinarian. After a dog has been diagnosed, you should see some improvement in your dog’s condition within one week of treatment, but be alert to how long the symptoms last. If your dog has nasal discharge, is breathing rapidly, refuses to eat or seems lethargic, take her back to the veterinarian right away. Serious cases of kennel cough can lead to pneumonia if left untreated.

Parvovirus

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce life-threatening illness. The virus attacks rapidly-dividing cells in a dog’s body, most severely affecting the intestinal tract. Parvovirus also attacks the white blood cells, and when young animals are infected, the virus can damage the heart muscle and cause lifelong cardiac problems.

Symptoms of Parvovirus

The general symptoms of parvovirus are:

  • Lethargy
  • Severe vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bloody, foul-smelling diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration
  • Parvovirus Causes

Parvovirus is extremely contagious and can be transmitted to any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog’s feces. The virus can live in the environment for months, and may survive on inanimate objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors. Unvaccinated dogs can contract parvovirus from the streets, especially in urban areas where there are many dogs.

Dogs More Prone to Parvovirus

Puppies, adolescent dogs and canines who are not vaccinated are most susceptible to the virus.

Breeds at higher risk are Rottweilers, Doberman pinschers, Labrador retrievers, American Staffordshire terriers and German shepherds.

Parvovirus Prevention

Make sure your dog is up-to-date on his vaccinations. Parvovirus should be considered a core vaccine for all puppies and adult dogs. Generally, the first vaccine is given at 6-8 weeks of age and a booster is given at four-week intervals until the puppy is 16-20 weeks of age, and then again at one year of age.

Older dogs who have not received full puppy vaccination series may be susceptible to parvovirus and should also receive at least one immunization. Because parvovirus can live in an environment for months, take extra care if there has been an infected dog in your house or yard. Parvovirus is resistant to many typical disinfectants and can be difficult to eradicate.

A solution of one part bleach to 32 parts water can be used where organic material is not present. Clean and disinfect the infected dog’s toys, food dish and water bowl in this solution for 10 minutes. If these objects are not able to be disinfected, they should be discarded. You can also use the solution on the soles of your shoes if you think you’ve walked through an infected area.

Areas that are harder to clean (grassy areas, carpeting and wood, for example) need to be sprayed with disinfectant or even resurfaced.

Parvovirus Treatment

There are currently no drugs available that can kill the virus. Treatment consists of aggressive supportive care to control the symptoms and boost your dog’s immune system.

Dogs infected with parvovirus need intensive treatment in a veterinary hospital, where they will receive antibiotics to control secondary infections, drugs to control the vomiting, intravenous fluids to treat dehydration and other supportive therapies. The average hospital stay is about 5-7 days. Treatment is not always successful, so it is important to make sure your dog is vaccinated.

When to See the Vet

Parvovirus is a dangerous disease that is often fatal. If you notice your dog experiencing severe vomiting, loss of appetite, depression or bloody diarrhea, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Rabies

Rabies is a viral disease that may affect the brain and spinal cord of all mammals, including cats, dogs and humans. There’s good reason that the very word “rabies” evokes fear in people—once symptoms appear, rabies is close to 100% fatal.

Rabies Transmission

There are several reported rates of transmission of the rabies virus.Rabies is most often transmitted through a bite from an infected animal.Less frequently, it can be passed on when the saliva of an infected animal enters another animal’s body through mucous membranes or an open, fresh wound.

The risk for contracting rabies runs highest if your dog is exposed to wild animals. Outbreaks can occur in populations of wild animals (most often raccoons and bats) or in areas where there are significant numbers of unvaccinated, free-roaming dogs and cats.

Rabies Prevention

Vaccination is the key. Some local ordinances require lengthy quarantines—or euthanasia—of pets that have bitten someone if their owners do not have proof of current vaccination.Vaccinating your dog doesn’t just protect him from rabies—it also protects your dog if he bites someone. Dogs that bite humans are required to be confined for at least 10 days to see if rabies develop.

Avoiding contact with wild animals is also necessary for prevention. Walk your dog on a leash and supervise him while it is outdoors.

Symptoms of Rabies

Animals will not show signs immediately following exposure to a rabid animal. Symptoms can be varied and can take between two and eight weeks to incubate. Classic signs of rabies in dogs include:

 

  • Changes in behavior (including restlessness, apprehension, aggression or irritability)
  • Biting or snapping at any form of stimulus
  • Attacking other animals, humans and even inanimate objects
  • Licking, biting and chewing at the bite site
  • Fever
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Hiding in dark places
  • Eating unusual objects
  • Paralysis of the throat and jaw muscles
  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Disorientation, in coordination and staggering
  • Paralysis of the hind legs
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness
  • Seizures
  • Sudden death
  • Transmission of the virus through saliva can happen as early as ten days before symptoms appear.

Diagnosing Rabies

There is no accurate test to diagnose rabies in live animals.The direct fluorescent antibody test is the most accurate test for diagnosis, but it can only be performed after the death of the animal on brain tissue.There is no treatment or cure for rabies once symptoms appear. The disease results in death. Consult your veterinarian for symptoms and other procedures.

Ringworm

Although the name suggests otherwise, ringworm isn’t caused by a worm at all—but a fungus that can infect the skin, hair and nails. This highly contagious disease can lead to patchy areas of hair loss on a dog and can spread to other animals—and to humans, too.

Ringworm Symptoms

Classic symptoms of ringworm in dogs include:

  • Skin lesions that typically appear on the head, ears, paws and forelimbs.
  • Ringworm can patchy, crusted, circular bald spots that sometimes look red in the center
  • In mild cases, there may be just a few broken hairs, while bad cases can spread over most of a dog’s body.
  • It’s also possible for a pet to carry the fungus and not show any symptoms whatsoever.

Puppies less than a year old are more prone to infection. Malnourished, immuno compromised and stressed dogs are also at a greater risk. Ringworm can quickly spread in kennels, shelters and other places where there are many dogs in a close environment.

Diagnosing Ringworm

Because infection can potentially spread over a dog’s body and infect other animals and people, it is important that you see your vet for an accurate diagnosis if your pet is showing any signs of a skin problem.

A veterinarian may use an ultraviolet light to diagnose ringworm, or may examine a fungal culture taken from the affected area.

Treating Ringworm

Treatment of ringworm depends on the severity of the infection. A veterinarian may prescribe a shampoo or ointment that contains a special medication to kill the fungus. In some cases, oral medications are necessary. It is important to treat your dog for as long as recommended by your veterinarian.

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that reinfection won’t occur. If your veterinarian has diagnosed your dog with ringworm, he or she will explain what you must do to prevent the fungus from spreading to your other pets—and to the human members of the household. But keep in mind that if you have other pets, it’s likely that most of them have been exposed as well. Your veterinarian may recommend that you do the following:

  • Bathe all pets in the household with a medicated rinse or shampoo.
  • Wash the infected animal bedding and toys with a disinfectant that kills ringworm spores.
  • Discard items that are impossible to thoroughly disinfect (carpeted cat trees, etc.)
  • Frequently vacuum to rid the house of infected hairs and skin cells. (Yes, the fungus can survive on hair and skin that your dog sheds!)
  • Thoroughly wash your hands after you bathe or touch your cat.

Sarcoptic Mange

Sarcoptic mange is a highly contagious skin disease found in dogs, caused by the Sarcoptes scabiesmite.These mites will burrow through the skin, causing intense itching and irritation. The scratching that results from mange is what causes the majority of the animal’s hair to fall out. This is a treatable medical condition, but is highly contagious to other animals and humans. Pet owners are advised to keep the dog quarantined while it is being treated for mange.

Symptoms of Sarcoptic Mange

  • Intense scratching
  • Skin rash
  • Crust formation in the affected area
  • Hair loss (alopecia)

Causes

The most common cause of mange in dogs is exposure to another infected animal, as the mites quickly move from animal to animal.Kennels, animal shelters, dog parks, groomers and veterinary clinics have a high exposure rate of mange due to the close proximity with animals that are infected. The exposure generally occurs about two to six weeks before the first symptoms of mange are displayed.

Diagnosis

After ruling out food allergies, chiggers, and bacterial infections of the skin (folliculitis), your veterinarian will conduct a physical inspection of your dog to identify the type of microorganism that may have embedded into its skin; in this case, mites.

Treatment

Dogs that have a non-seasonal form of sarcoptic mange will likely be treated with a scabicide — a drug that kills the itch mite. In some cases, the animal will be dipped in a scabicidal shampoo to kill all of the mites living on its skin. Ongoing treatment is necessary to kill all of the mites as the eggs will take time to hatch, and most treatments do not kill the eggs, only the living mites. Treatment of this condition should be done under veterinary supervision and the dog’s entire body must be treated with the scabicide treatment and/or scabicidal shampoo to be sure the mites are eliminated entirely. Many different treatments can be used to treat the issue (and some may not work because the mites have developed resistance to certain treatments) and can include such scabicidal dips as ivermectin, selamectin, lime-sulfur and doramectin. Depending on your dog’s condition, it may need to be dipped on a weekly basis for as long as six consecutive weeks. Oral medications can also be a part of the treatment.

The use of Grand Humivet® in a form of paste (powder dissolved in a small amount of water or olive oil) is found effective in the treatment of mange among dogs. Daily topical application of this paste produces favorable results. Initial findings show dryness in wounds caused by scratching, healing and growing of hair follicles. As soon as 7-10 days, there will be a clear recovery from the damaged skin tissues and elimination of scabs.

Health Management with Grand Humivet®

Immune Boosting

Sodium Humic Acid, which is the active ingredient of Grand Humivet®, is a very potent supplement in addressing the immune system problems. Its action on the animal is very vital especially in the promotion and elevation of the immune system in response to the presence of diseases and or the incoming diseases. Grand Humivet® acts on the body’s production of glycoproteins for cellular stimulations. This regulates the immune cells and preventing them from becoming out of balance. It has a capacity of causing the immune system to recognize its own dead cells thereby reducing infections. In dogs, it is very necessary to elevate the immune system, which is also true for all other animals, in preventing diseases and protecting them from the possible damage these diseases may incur. Achieving this means increasing your dogs’ resistance to all external and internal factors that may affect their overall health.

Anti-viral Properties

Humic Acid acts on the prevention of viral replication and its property to cause diseases by sorbing onto the viral envelope protein and thereby blocking the sorption of viral particles to cell surfaces. It is actively destroying the entire viral morphology preventing the virus from further regeneration and mutation. Grand Humivet® is deemed essential to the animals’ health by a routine administration via systemic intake through water and food for anti-viral properties manifestations. It is true to the existing and incoming viral infections.

Microbial Interaction

Grand Humivet® is excellent in stimulating microbial activities, the production of “good microbes” important in the synthesis of nutrients and food for body’s consumption while suppressing the “bad microbes”. It inhibits microbial pathogenecity and activities and has a high capacity of eliminating pathogenic bacteria and other microbes not essential in digestion and other bodily functions.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Humic Acid has played a very vital action on your dog’s inflammation. Inflammatory conditions are caused by the action of the immune system. Inflammatory disorders are caused by an imbalance in the function of the immune system. Grand Humivet®demonstrates to bring these functions into balance or to “modulate” the immune system. It stimulates healing and recovery of muscles, tendons and joints undergoing inflammatory conditions. It is also, positively responding on allergies and is a useful treatment of allergic diseases.

Stress Management

Literature has reported that humic acid blocks or reduces the production of stress causing hormones. Animals on Grand Humivet® are less affected by the outside stimulus that causes stress conditions among dogs. Under the effects of humic acid in dogs, your pet eats leisurely and enjoying every bit of its food.

Stress is one of the strongest predisposing factors of diseases among animals. This is the very reason why you need to manage well the stress causing factors and suppress them before it can manifest a harmful effects to your pets.

Odor Reduction

Using Grand Humivet® decreases volatile ammonia in your dog’s waste by 64%, reduces odor, and improves the nitrogen to phosphorus ration in the waste. Observations indicate a more complete digestion of food as noted from the manure and urine when given with Grand Humivet®. Feces from the humic acid-fed animals consisted of fineparticle; low odor causing the low ammonia content, thus odor is reduced or eliminated.

Urine is also observed to be clear and odorless. The mechanism is not fully understood, but the results indicate a better odor reduction.