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Feline Herpes: Symptoms & Treatment

Phoebe by Gretchen97

Many cats suffer from feline herpes virus type 1 (FHV-1) without their owners even being aware. When our cat Harold began sneezing like crazy and had a runny nose, we thought maybe he had allergies. After doing a little research and taking little Harold to the vet, we discovered he had been infected with feline herpes. While the majority of kitties that contract this virus do not ever get rid of the virus, the symptoms can be treated.

While this article discusses what to look for, as well as treatment options, a firm diagnosis should be made by consulting with your veterinarian who may perform lab tests and a physical examination. For a more in-depth look at the virus and reducing flare-ups, click here.

Some Symptoms to Look for in Your Kitty

  • Discharge from nose and/or eyes;
  • Excessive sneezing or sneezing “fits;”
  • Fever;
  • Congestion;
  • Lesions around the nose;
  • Drooling;
  • Squinting;
  • Lethargy (more than normal);
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Eye ulcers;
  • Eyelid inflammation;
  • Depression

Contracting Feline Herpes

Most cats contract the feline herpes virus by coming into contact with discharge (eye, nose, or mouth) from another cat with the disease. Cats may contract the virus from sharing a litter box, sharing food and water dishes, or sharing grooming tools. Feline herpes is common in shelters and multi-cat households due to its contagiousness. In fact, most cats will come into contact with the feline herpes virus at some point in their lives. While all cats can contract feline herpes virus, flat-faced breeds such as Persians are more susceptible.

Treatment Options

How Over-the-Counter Treatments Work

Over-the-counter treatments, such as those listed above may provide a great solution to your kitty’s problems resulting from feline herpes virus. These products contain an essential amino acid that suppresses symptoms and recurrence.

Dosage amounts will depend on whether you’re caring for a kitten or an adult cat. If you believe your cat may be suffering from feline herpes, talk to your veterinarian today and decide on the best course of action for your furry friend! Feel free to submit questions about any products listed in this article by joining a chat session or by emailing us at info@vetinternetco.com.

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