Acyclovir is used in cats as well, though not everyday like Lysine is.

On Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 11:38 AM, <jb...@tds.net> wrote:

> In human medicine (I would have to research veterinary but they generally
> follow human trends) herpes virus is better treated with something like
> ganciclovir or acyclovir.
>
> Jenny
> ---- catatonya <catato...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> > Do you think AZT could be used for cats with the herpes virus?
> >   tonya
> >
> > jb...@tds.net wrote:
> >   Graca,
> >
> > Hello. I responded to your email earlier but had some problems with my
> email and am not sure if you received it. This is basically what I said. If
> you get two emails for this sorry.
> >
> > AZT is an antiviral used in human medicine to treat HIV. It is generally
> used in combination with other antivirals. Unfortunately, these combinations
> of antivirals have not been found to be effective against felv in cats. At
> least there are no good studies to support that.
> >
> > AZT is often not used or stopped in people because it often causes anemia
> and bone marrow toxicity. This is a very widely known side effect of AZT.
> For this reason, I would listen to the vet that suggests stopping the AZT.
> >
> > Since anemia can be a common symptom of felv and your cat is experiencing
> it. It is either because of progression of the felv disease or a side effect
> of the drugs. If it is the drug, stop giving it and the anemia should
> improve (this can be monitored by looking at the blood for reticulocytes -
> which are like baby red blood cells and indicate that the bone marrow is
> trying to fix the anemia - this is a good sign). If it is the felv disease
> progressing than the AZT is not really helping you anyway and there isn't
> much reason to continue giving it.
> >
> > If you want to continue to treat the felv virus, there is a lot of buzz
> about something called Imulan. It is the first FDA approved drug for the
> treatment of felv/fiv in the United States. You may want to ask your vet
> about this possibility. It may be beneficial to stop your current meds and
> try this. I don't know. It would be trial and error. Keep in mind that
> anemia and bone marrow suppression in a felv positive cat is a poor
> prognostic sign.
> >
> > In general, if it were me, I would stop the AZT and watch for improvement
> of the anemia. I may add Imulan (I have no experience with this drug yet),
> would consider a blood transfusion, from an immunized cat, if the anemia is
> significant enough and transfer factor if there is GI upset.
> >
> > Hope this helps.
> >
> > Jenny
> > ---- Graca Azevedo wrote:
> > >
> > Dear All,
> >
> > I was so upset with my sick cat that I did not introduce myself as new to
> list a few days ago.  I do apologize.  I am writing from Brazil, have two
> rescued cats.  One of them is Felv+.  He has been treated on AZT and
> interferon for 2 years and half. The virus reached his bone marrow and he
> has anemia.  Two vets have examined him.  One said that I should stop with
> the AZT and the other advised to continue.  I failed to find on the mail
> archives any report on cats being treated with AZT.
> > I would be most grateful to hear what any of you have to say.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Graça Azevedo
> >
> >
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