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Lysine Supplement for cats?

post #1 of 20
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I have read many threads and responses regarding Lysine to boost and or help a boost a cats immunes system. I asked my vet and he said it was okay to give it to Buddy, and it could help. He has had a URI, Gingivitis and Pancreatitis, all in the 2 months I have had him, so I would like to try it. I went to Petco to see if I could find it, and the only thing that contained it was a suppliment for UTI's, which also contained cranberry and magnesium, and a few other things. I was hoping someone could tell me where I can get the Lysine Suppliment, if it has a different name at the stores.
Thank You!!!!

post #2 of 20
Hi I use Lysine with my cat. He has calichi virus and gingivitus. The Lysine has helped to reduce him symptoms and he seams to have lots more energy.

Here in the UK it's also known as L-Lysine. I found it in my local health food store, although for some reason it was with the bodybuilding suppilments.
post #3 of 20
I've been wanting to get this for awhile for my cat with eye problems but I haven't got around to it
post #4 of 20
I use Lysine with my cats...especially, the older of whom is especially prone to URI's and colds. It seems to help, in conjunction with a healthy diet and excercise!!
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by Anya
Hi I use Lysine with my cat. He has calichi virus and gingivitus. The Lysine has helped to reduce him symptoms and he seams to have lots more energy.

Here in the UK it's also known as L-Lysine. I found it in my local health food store, although for some reason it was with the bodybuilding suppilments.

Okay, I did an online search for it and I found it at GNC nutrition centers and Rite Aid Pharmacies. It is also called L-Lysine, and it comes in 1000mg and 500mg. I assume that I use the 500mg. How much per day do I give? I am thinking just 1 per day over Buddy's food, but I want to see what others with more experience with this product do?
post #6 of 20
I was advised by a vet to give a maintance dose of 500mg per day with food, and if my cats condition flares up or his mouth is really hurting him (like it has the past week) i give him 1000mg for 3-5 days. This gives his immune system an extra boost.
post #7 of 20
I order mine from https://www.doctorstrust.com/item/DT2961-1.html I get it in the capsule form and just mix it with their soft food. I give each cat 500mg per day.
post #8 of 20
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Thanks for your quick reply. I didn't ask my vet all those questions since I just assumed I could get it at the Pet Store. Now I know, and will head to the store to get some, and I am sure it will help Buddy. He probably needs to kick start his immune system to get him back to his good old active self. Thank You!!!
post #9 of 20
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Well, I just brought some L-Lysine 500mg at Ralphs. All their suppliments were 50% off. But I accidently brought the tablets instead of the capsules. So I guess I will be crushing them until 100 tablets are finished, since I opened them before I realized. Oh Well, its the same stuff, just slightly harder work.
post #10 of 20
Busy day, reading a lot of threads late. I use lysine, and per my vet 250 mg to 500 per day per cat would be the dose.

I also just couldn't find capsules this week, bought tablets which I am crushing using a mortar and pestle
post #11 of 20
My vet just suggested I try L-Lysine with the eye infection problem I am having. I only could find the pills locally. No capsules..So I have been crushing them. My vet said 250mg twice a day. I stirred it up in abit of tuna for each cat and they gobbled it down.So I don't think they notice the taste.
post #12 of 20
You can order L-Lysine online. Look for "Now" Brand, you can get a pound of pharmicutical grade powder for ALOT cheaper than anywhere else. If you can only get the tablets, use a coffee grinder, makes it a nice fine powder.

L-Lysine is an amino acid that blocks the production of the herpes virus primarily, although there are alot of side bennies to it as well. you can't really OD them on it, and if you feed dry food, then you need to mix it with the food to coat a nice even color of white dusting on it.

Forgot to mention, Walmart has it.... in tablet form.
post #13 of 20
Is this something every cat should be getting?
I have heard of it before....for humans...I think to use on cold cores...or to help you keep from getting them. (Can`t remember the details!)
Linda
post #14 of 20
Its my understanding that itsmain use for cats is for controlling feline herpes .It is also known as rhinotracheitis virus.... Oral L-Lysine is recommended by many veterinary ophthalmologists at a dose of 250-500 mg twice daily. Lysine competes with another amino acid, arginine, that herpes virus must have in order to reproduce. By usingf the L-Lysine it stops the virus from reproducing thus cutting down on the severity and length of the out break.
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by stampit3d
Is this something every cat should be getting?
I have heard of it before....for humans...I think to use on cold cores...or to help you keep from getting them. (Can`t remember the details!)
Linda
According to others and My vet, it helps with the production of Antibodies. It supposidly boosts the body to produce more Antibodies, therefore strenghening the immune system. I have decided to give this to Buddy because he keeps getting sick, so I want to see if it will help. Alot of people swear by it and say that it has saved them from many trips to the vet and give it to their cats as a preventitive measure. Just like humans take vitamin C and Echinacea to prevent colds, its the same concept. It doesn't harm them, so in my eyes it doesn't hurt to try. I gave it to Buddy today mixed with his wet food and he gobbled it right up.

I just read the side of the bottle of Lysine it says

"Necessary for production of Antibodies, Hormones and enzymes. L-Lysine an essential amino acid plays a key role in the makeup of body proteins and the immune system."
post #16 of 20
I hear they now make a liquid form of Lysine. My vet suggests 250-500 mg a day for my cat with a recurring Herpes problem and he hates the pills and won't eat the food when I mixed crushed pills in it. I'm going to look for the liquid version.

You can get Lysine in pill form at most places that carry vitamins.
post #17 of 20
I have seen at online pet med sites. A tasty paste form of it. I haven't tried it as mine don't mind the crushed pill kind..I tasted it myself doesn't really seem to have much of a taste.
post #18 of 20
My vet sold me the paste b/c my cat doesn't eat the wet food mixed with Lysine consistently. It smells like cake or bananas and it is hard to measure it. I have to put it in a squirter and squirt it in his mouth, then he takes off. I haven't given it in awhile. Its called Viralysis. I am using the leftover capsules on the kittens to boost their immunity so they don't catch the herpes from Rocky when they are young and it is easier to catch. Rocky has really runny eyes and a runny nose.
post #19 of 20
My vet gave me some in paste form also. I gave it to my two boys when they had a cold. Supposedly cats like the taste and will just lick it up.. Shorty disagrees! Little Pete, however, couldn't get enough of it.
post #20 of 20
There is also a powder form of the Viralys paste- it is a fish flavor.
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