l-lysine is a wondrous thing. tricks the herpes virus into not replicating,
for some still-to-be-determined reasons. there is ongoing research to find
out how and why, and the EXACT dosage to use in cats; many multi-cat
facilities use is prophylatically (um, haven't had caffeine yet, is that
spelled correctly?)--it's quite inexpensive when bought in the powdered form
and we just added it to the water at the sanctuary. we saw a marked
difference in both eye problems and the snifflies. one of the california vet
associations years back said that all cats should be on it; and it's about
the only thing i've ever come across that MDs, DOs, DVMs, and holistic
practitioners all agree upon.

On Sun, Mar 9, 2008 at 12:20 AM, Gloria Lane <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> I just assume if cats have been in a shelter or rescue, that they've been
> exposed to Herpes, and of course have had quite a few.  I use Lysine orally
> - I start out with 500 mg(powder mixed with small amt of water) via syringe
> twice a day.  And of course clean the eyes.  If they have Herpes, it starts
> showing improvement within a few days, in my experience.  At some point I
> cut back to 250 MG twice daily, and eventually stop.  Lysine is what's used
> on humans who have Herpes mouth sores (but think that's a different strain
> of Herpes).
> I know some folks in the past, on this list, have used interferon alpha.
>  Some have put it directly in the eyes, although I've never used it that
> way.
> My understanding is that once the stress is reduced and they start getting
> healthy, they seem to  do fine.  It's not nearly what FELV is.  I'd
> certainly encourage you to go for it.
> Gloria
> On Mar 8, 2008, at 2:53 PM, Lynne wrote:
> Could any of you give me some first hand info and experience with the
> herpes virus in cats.  There is this young cat I saw a picture of who is in
> a rescue shelter at the moment . The poor little thing was a total wreck
> when this woman took her in and she is now in the process of getting her
> eyes cleaned up.  They look a whole lot better than they did before this
> woman got hold of her.  Apparently the vet who is taking care of the cat
> said her eyes would have to be cleaned at least twice a day and when and if
> she has flareups the appropriate treatment will have to be given.  She is
> being spayed very shortly and is going to be up for adoption fairly soon.  I
> said I would take her probably because she reminded me a lot of BooBoo.
> She's all white and from the picture looks like she may have persian in
> her.  She has that same flat little face that Boo did.  Would I be getting
> myself into something like I just went through with Boo or is there more
> hope for these animals. This kitty has tested negative for feline leukemia.
> I haven't even told my husband yet.  I just blurted out that I would take
> her.  I don't even know if I'll be chosen anyway.
> Lynne


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