Originally Posted by bmmac
My kitty Tia has been dealing with what is probably feline herpes for the last couple weeks. I was supposed to stop putting the ointment in her eyes this Sunday, but today her eyes were looking as bad as the first day I brought her to the vet. Today will now be her fifth visit since this started. $$$$. The vet recommened L-Lysine so I'm giving her that, but sounds like it takes some time to build up in her system to be of any benefit. Anyone know of any other recommendations? Anything I can do or change to help her though this.
The ointment can often times make things worse than better, depending on the severity of the symptoms.
Feline herpes flare ups are brought on by stress. Most cats don't like having anything put in their eyes, so the fact that you're doing this daily, stresses the cat out even more. I've seen cats so upset with the eye ointment, that they will furiously rub their eyes after the treatment. Doing so makes the eye inflamed and actually becomes counter-productive. Perhaps even producing corneal abrasions.
Herpes is a virus and there is no cure and the ointment doesn't make it go away. It's merely an antibiotic used to treat a possible secondary bacterial eye infection. Sometimes I think the Vets prescribe this, because the owners insist on having some medication to administer, even though most times it doesn't help much.
If you cat becomes a chronic sufferer of feline herpes the best things to do are these:
1. Reduce or eliminate the stress trigger that causes an outbreak.
2. Provide the very best diet possible and include 600 mg of Lysine daily.
3. When your cats eye's get runny, use a warm moist cotton cloth to gently remove the crud from the corner of her eyes. Do this as many times a day as she will tolerate. Use a clean cloth everytime.
If your cat hates this, catch her when she's snoozing or otherwise very relaxed. The idea is to reduce stress until her immune system can supress the virus again.
4. If the eye goop is green or there is green discharge from the nose, see your Vet, as there are opportunistic bacterial infections going on as well, and it may be wise to administer some oral antibiotics.