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post #1 of 14
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My cat Charlie has had goopy eyes since we got him back in August. He has been back and forth to our usual vet many times, and finally to an eye specialist. She said she suspected a herpes virus in his eyes. He is on Terramycin and i-drop vet to put in his eyes a couple of times a day, and Viralys ( L-Lysine ) orally twice a day. The problem is he does not seem to be getting better. I has been over a month since he went to the specialist. He also has a wheezy cough at times - I don't know if that is related.
Thanks,
Sue
post #2 of 14
my kitty had a herpes bout in her eyes too. firstthey gave us teramycin and when that did nothing in a week they tried an anti viral ointment. I also added feliway diffusers to the rooms she frequents and added a ground lysine tablet to her wet fod in the morning. It was totally clear in a week. I hope you get it under control, your cat must feel pretty bad. i saw a dramatic increase in energy once the infection was cleared up.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by Abigail
my kitty had a herpes bout in her eyes too. firstthey gave us teramycin and when that did nothing in a week they tried an anti viral ointment. I also added feliway diffusers to the rooms she frequents and added a ground lysine tablet to her wet fod in the morning. It was totally clear in a week. I hope you get it under control, your cat must feel pretty bad. i saw a dramatic increase in energy once the infection was cleared up.
Yup, lysine is awesome! And it's tasteless, so crushed in a pill crusher and mixed in canned food, cats eat it right up.
post #4 of 14
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Are lysine tablets somthing the vet would have? The Viralys stuff is maple flavored and he HATES it! He doesn't seem to have much energy but he definitly has his appetite! And he still loves Scottie our 6 month old kitten who came to us when he was only 3 weeks old and was fed with an eye dropper! Charlie "mothered" him.
post #5 of 14
my Marsh has herpes, and we too, after regular vets, went to a specialist.

first of all, our doctor prescribed the terramicin, the viralys and falcon's gentamicin drops. I have to tell you, truthfully, terramicin does not work. continue on viralys gel orally but ask for falcon's gentamicin. In 3-4 days, everything will clear. I keep small eye drop bottles of falcon at home, and as soon as i see anything close to a problem, i give marsh 2-3 rounds of drops for about 24hr, and he's as good as new.

btw, my viralys is 'chicken' flavored, and marsh licks the gel off my finger!

funny, terramicin was expensive at $50/bottle i think, the gentamicin was just $6.

for l-lysine, make sure to buy it in powder pill form in regular heath food store and sprinkle one cap on dry food everytime you fill the dry dish.

good luck
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by RarePuss
for l-lysine, make sure to buy it in powder pill form in regular heath food store and sprinkle one cap on dry food everytime you fill the dry dish.

good luck
I wasn't able to find the powder pill (capsule) the first time I got it, so I bought the tablets and a pill crusher. That worked fine as well.

If they won't take it on dry (or don't seem to get enough), it works well mixed in a tiny bit of wet, too. I never had any trouble getting mine to eat it that way because they were getting a treat!
post #7 of 14
I also bought the tablets and found that they dissolve in water in a matter of a couple of minutes. Then you can either mix them with the canned food or syringe them into the cat's mouth--it was especially helpful when Spot stopped eating to be able to use the syringe.
post #8 of 14
Murphy too had a problem with the eye goopies back and forth for about the first 3 months I had him I simply switched his food to royal canin-special 33 which has L-lysine in it. Problem solved!!! It has'nt been back since
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by katlover13
My cat Charlie has had goopy eyes since we got him back in August. He has been back and forth to our usual vet many times, and finally to an eye specialist. She said she suspected a herpes virus in his eyes. He is on Terramycin and i-drop vet to put in his eyes a couple of times a day, and Viralys ( L-Lysine ) orally twice a day. The problem is he does not seem to be getting better. I has been over a month since he went to the specialist. He also has a wheezy cough at times - I don't know if that is related.
Thanks,
Sue
how long has he been on the viralys? it took over a week for all of Pixel's sores to dry up & scab over, but she showed some improvement in about 3-4 days. BTW, she hates the maple-viralys, too, but won't eat wet food with any kind of regularity so i can't use the powdered lysine. darn cat!
post #10 of 14
lysine is available at any vitamin section of the drug store. I just pulverize the pills with a mortar and pestle.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by chichismom
Murphy too had a problem with the eye goopies back and forth for about the first 3 months I had him I simply switched his food to royal canin-special 33 which has L-lysine in it. Problem solved!!! It has'nt been back since
i feed my cat Marsh #33 too, he does great on it
post #12 of 14
Here's a link to a list of foods high in L-Lysine.
http://www.herpes.com/Nutrition.shtml
I don't have much luck with Garfield eating the lysine supplements, but he loves a little salmon or cottage cheese! It is a list for humans, so it includes a lot of foods no cat would eat! LOL!
post #13 of 14
once a cat has had the herpes virus , cant it be a carrier and still be contagious around other cats, i know someone who has a cat with herpes and they have tried everything and nothing has helped as of yet, and they have had them for almost a year, but still they sneeze and have watery / runny eyes.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by blacksunshine89
once a cat has had the herpes virus , cant it be a carrier and still be contagious around other cats, i know someone who has a cat with herpes and they have tried everything and nothing has helped as of yet, and they have had them for almost a year, but still they sneeze and have watery / runny eyes.

Have they tried L-lysine, really it works WONDERS!!!!! Yes, cats can become carriers of the virus. Some may never have another sickly episode, but they can still shed the virus--therefore spreading it. In addition to the lysine, have your friends try to remove anything stressful from the kitties enviroment. It looks like they have more than one cat, one might be stressing the other one out. Stress is a big factor in the replication of the virus. when cats are stressed their immune systems go down, leaving them open for attacks. Tell your friend to pick up some feliway spray--- it helps calm their nerves----

Here are a couple articles on the virus--I hope they help

http://www.thensome.com/felineherpes.htm

http://www.vetinfo.com/cherpes.html

http://www.geocities.com/~mrsbuzzy/herpes.html

http://www.dallasrags.com/cat_care/d...ine_herpes.htm


P. S. If your friends kitty(s) have eye discharge, do not let it go untreated. It can cause painful ulcers and even blindness. They will need anti-biotics to clear it up.
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