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Lysine

post #1 of 13
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THe vet gave me a gel form syringe to use for kinsey as well as clavomax for her URI but I have read that it is benefical to put in their food everyday. i went to CVS and bought the 500mg pills and will crush them up and put them in everyones wet food once a day. What are the benefits to this... I noticed that I can also take it... what does it do in humans? Also i am going to be putting it in the food i leave outside for the strays/ferals... wil this do any harm if a skunk or racoon eats the food??
post #2 of 13
Working at a vets office and having an organization that takes in ferals, abandonments, etc. we have quit a few cats that come in with URI. The one doctor that treats all these cats swears by Lysine. She states that after a week or so of the animal on Lysine they seem to be clearing of there URI's a lot faster than cats/kittens not given Lysine. I dont think Lysine can harm the wildlife either it works like a multi-vitamin pill does if I'm not mistaken. Lysine is also offered to clients with multiply cat households that are having trouble kicking certain infections, cats w/HIV/FeLV.


Best of luck kicking the URI and when you first mix it make sure to mix it with a really fishy smelling wet food or they may turn their noses up to the food because of a slightly different smell.
post #3 of 13
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Thanks so much for the info! My kits were abandoned and have ringworm... well one of them has it badly and i just noticed a spot on the other kitten. THen Kinsey shes in my siggy is 5 months now and has the URI.... so far Isis the 7 month old has a complete bill of health. I just hink that Adding lysine to everyones diet will be beneficial especially the ferals that i feed! Thanks so much
post #4 of 13
My vet gave me Lysine to give when I got Hannah and she had a very nasty URI. It boosts the immune system. I now give her 500mg a day because she's got some allergies. When her eyes get all watery or she starts winking at me, I boost it to 1000mg a day for a couple of days and she's fine.

Stephanie
post #5 of 13
ok, I don't know anything about a kitty taking Lysine, but I have gotten fever blisters when I've been sick, and once from being in the sun, and the pharmacist recommended that I take it daily to prevent fever blisters, and take double the dose if I get/have one....they will go away faster. And it works pretty good, although I haven't had a fever blister in years.
post #6 of 13
Lysine works to inhibit viral replication and by doing that helps the immune system fight off viral infections easier and faster. I have my kitties on it, even though they are both healthy at the moment. When they are sick I double the dose (1000mg) to help them out. Many of my fosters with herpes were helped by this and only this.
post #7 of 13
I give Gizmo l-lysine for her herpes, but am unable to measure it since I have to put the paste (which is actually more of a gel) on one or two fingers and put it behind the cat's upper teeth.
Is there a ballpark estimate for how much l-lysine she's getting with this system? How many fingers-full should I give the cat for a 250 mg dose?
post #8 of 13
you would have to read the label on the gel. The viralys i use is about 1/8 tsp = 250mg i believe. Since i can't figure out how to measure that properly (about the size of a pea) i just put in about 2 peas worth give or take. Since lysine is a natural amino acid it isn't harmful and you can't really overdose your cat on it.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by LuckyGirl View Post
ok, I don't know anything about a kitty taking Lysine, but I have gotten fever blisters when I've been sick, and once from being in the sun, and the pharmacist recommended that I take it daily to prevent fever blisters, and take double the dose if I get/have one....they will go away faster. And it works pretty good, although I haven't had a fever blister in years.
yeah, we're basically talking about the same virus - herpes is what causes fever blisters, too. lysine is the opposite of arginine, which they say is too high in people/cats with herpes.
i found this: High doses of lysine (greater than 10 grams daily) are known to cause gastrointestinal adverse effects.

you might try getting the capsules instead of the pills - that way you don't have to crush them.
post #10 of 13
For anyone that uses the , L Lysine Powder
I found it online and bought it by the pound when I had a lot of ferals feeding.

I was never able to crush one of those pills and using the capsules for so many cats was rather costly, so I went in search of.

I just phoned the vets office and they are going to get a couple tubes of the get for me to pick up the next time I go in. It cost more through them, but when you figure shipping it all evens out.
post #11 of 13
Well, it looks like I'm giving Gizmo 250 milligrams in each 'finger' dose. That's what the vet recommended. As for the tube, there's no indication save the 1/8 teaspoon thing, and Gizmo does not eat from a teaspoon.
post #12 of 13
Does anyone have trouble with that little measuring system on the tube?!?!

I gave everyone some on Saturday (they licked it off my finger too!!) but haven't since. I need to start giving it to them daily.... I just had a tricky time with that dispenser thing on Sat though.
post #13 of 13
You could always put the get in a measuring spoon and then scoop it out with your finger to give it to the cats.
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