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Canine parvovirus

Canine parvovirus can affect dogs of all ages. The parvo virus first appeared in the late nineteen seventies and caused the death of countless numbers of dogs around the world. Where there is a high incidence of unvaccinated dogs there are still irregular small outbreaks. These outbreaks are not uncommon! The disease is transmitted from one dog to another by contact with infected poop. The virus may persist for many months on the fur or feet of the new contact.

The first symptoms of the disease are depression, severe vomiting, a high temperature, food and water refusal, stomach pain and smelly bloody diarrhoea. A dog can quickly become severely dehydrated. Collapse is common and death can occur within 24 hours of contracting the disease even with veterinary treatment. The current recommendation is for vaccination against Canine Parvovirus at an interval of every three years.

Canine hepatitis

Canine hepatitis is a diseased which attacks the liver, kidneys, eyes and the lungs of the dog. The disease is transmitted by direct contact with infected urine, poop or saliva. Dogs that are in the recovery stage from the disease are still infectious to other dogs for six months or more! Dogs of all ages are able to contract this disease but those that do contract it seem to be mostly in their first year.

The main symptoms are loss of appetite pale gums, high temperature, conjunctiva (reddening of the eyes), stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. The disease can develop quickly between a day to a day and a half. Death through repertory failure can occur. Dogs that recover sometimes suffer from clouding of the cornea (eye lens), which usual resolves it's self over time. Recommended vaccination against Canine hepatitis is at an interval of three years.

Canine distemper

Canine distemper is transmitted by droplets of moisture which are sniffed up where an infected dog has been. The incubation period is around three weeks, so once an outbreak has been detected it is really too late to vaccinate.

Some of the obvious symptoms are high temperature, coughing, vomiting, diarrhoea, sore eyes and runny nose. The nose and footpads can become hard and cracked. In severe cases fits, muscle spasms, paralysis and pneumonia can occur. Canine distemper is often fatal. Those dogs that survive can be left with permanent disabilities like, nervous tics, epilepsy. Recommended vaccination against Canine distemper is at an interval of three years.


Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease of dogs. The bacteria can be acquired from contact with the urine of infected animals. There are two main ways it can be picked up from the urine of infected rats or dogs. Dogs can contract Leptospirosis if they drink or swim in rivers or canals that are inhabited by infected rats. The disease attacks the dog's liver and sometimes the kidneys.

The main symptoms of Leptospirosis are depression, severe thirst, high temperature, increased urination, lethargy, jaundice and bloody diarrhoea. In severe cases death can occur within a few hours. The least damage Leptospirosis inflicts on a diseased dog is severe liver damage. When a dog contracts Leptospirosis from other dogs the main problem are with the kidneys and probably will get worse as the dog gets older. When a dog is in remission it is still infectious through its urine for up to a year, making the a route source for the disease.


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Exner Petguard is made completely from nontoxic finished products from foodstuff chemistry It clotts the coupled respiratory and food tracts of the parasites, but for the user and the pet, Exner Petguard is completely harmless. In order to prove this, the patent-holder and inventor drank Exner Petguard at the press conference introducing the product!

Before use, a veterinarian's diagnosis is recommended in order to determine appropriate treatment plan.

Intensively spray the entire animal or the afflicted areas (for prevention 1 x weekly). In case of a parasitic attack, scabies, or fungal diseases, a daily treatment one week long is recommended. Don't forget to treat cages, sleeping areas, and other commonly used areas at the same time!
Let it dry for appx. 20 min. It is not necessary to wash out! Can be combed out or brushed out when desired.
Use is completely safe for human and animal and can be repeated multiple times.

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