Originally Posted by Graciecat
I know they're always going to have this virus, so if I were to get some L-lysine and give it to them everyday would that make Lizzie outbreaks less frequent?
Would it hurt to give it to the other three cats?
I wouldn't even know where to buy this stuff, do pet stores sell it?
Some cats with herpes do well on L-Lysine. It doesn't prevent it, but does appear to decrease the frequency and intensity of flare-ups.
Most folks will give their cats 500mg a day as a preventative dose and during flare-ups, double the dose.
My friend gives it to all of her cats.
I get mine online from iherb.com. I use the powder form as the pills are so huge that they are very difficult to swallow by cats. You can also get it from paste form from your vet but the company that makes it just changed the formula and my cat will no longer eat it (he was on the paste for a year and used to love it). If you want to crush pills and no go online, they sell it in most pharmacies with the vitamins (for humans). It's the same stuff - humans take it for the human form of herpes.
Someone on this site started putting it in their water fountain with great success.
If you start your cats on it, talk to your vet first.