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Ichtho Vet® products contain sulfonated shale oil

Many, many moons ago (± 200 million years ago), the area of today's Alps was covered with a beautiful lagoon landscape. Organic materials, such as algae & phytoplankton, settled in layers on this ground. These materials were then converted into an oily liquid containing organically bound sulfur by sulfate-reducing bacteria. Since the 19th century, sulfonated shale oil has been extracted from these rocks.

Ta-da! That's how we get the main ingredient - yonks of Mother Nature perfecting her skills of helping to heal our fur babies today.

The complex process of extracting pale sulfonated shale oil

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Sulfur rich oil shale is a kerogen-containing sedimentary rock from the Mesozoic era.

Pale sulfonated shale oil vs povidone iodine

1. Comparable antibacterial effectiveness.

2. Wound healing: pale sulfonated shale oil superior to iodine.

3. Incidence of wound infection: pale sulfonated shale oil superior to iodine.

4. Decrease in pain intensity: pale sulfonated shale oil superior to iodine.

5. Pale sulfonated shale oil is a good alternative to iodine ointment.


Human in vivo study study: Kulenkamp D, et al. Monotherapie mit antibakteriellen und wundheilungsfördernden Eigenschaften. Der Kassenarzt 2001;1:34-37.

Pharmacological properties of sulfonated shale oil

Antibacterial: inhibits germs.

Antimycotic: inhibits fungi.

Antiphlogistic: prevents or relieves inflammation.

Promotes proliferation / granulation: promotes wound healing and cell renewal.

Antipruritic: alleviates itching.

Antiseborrheic: prevents or relieves scaling/dandruff.

Repellent effect: keeps insects away.

Martens J., Gayko G. (2002): Einsatz sulfonierter Schieferöle beim Pferd unter besonderer Berücksichtigung eines neuen, hellen sulfonierten Schieferöls – klinischer Erfahrungsbericht. Prakt. Tierarzt 83, 532-537.

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