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Discussion in 'Holistic Feline Health and Nutrition' started by sillyitiliangrl, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. sillyitiliangrl

    sillyitiliangrl Thread Starter TCS Member Top Cat

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    I have two cats with what appaears to be feline herpes. They are currently being treated with Terramycin for their eyes. The vet and I have discussed putting them on lysine, however, he does not have a supplier at this time. Is it okay to use liquid human lysine or is it a different product all toghether?

    Is there anything else you can suggest to help them get over their eye infections, we are going on 3 months of dealing with it (and 2 vets [​IMG])

    Any insite and suggestions you may have would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!
     
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  2. bnwalker2

    bnwalker2 TCS Member Top Cat

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    I get Lysine for my kitties from Krogers, but I buy the pill form and crush it up. Walmart has it too and I've seen it in several drug stores and just little department stores as well.
     

  3. laureen227

    laureen227 Purrfect Pair Top Cat

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    [​IMG] except i get capsules, & just open them [​IMG]
     

  4. sharky

    sharky TCS Member Veteran

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    I get capsules and open too ...
     

  5. sillyitiliangrl

    sillyitiliangrl Thread Starter TCS Member Top Cat

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    LOL Thanks everyone! Glad to know I was just compelty in the dark about this!
     

  6. drjean

    drjean TCS Member Veteran

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    Ugh, I just hate that darn herpes virus! So many cats have problems with it! My vet ophthalmologist says that virtually all cats have herpes (and even if they didn't we gave it to them as the rhinotracheitis portion of kitten vaccines). Fortunately not all of them have the recurring flare-ups, but gosh I see a lot of it!

    There are actually quite a few things you can do. Lysine is quite effective; the dose during a flare-up is 1000 mg per day; and for maintenance you can use 250 mg per day. Capsules are usually 500 mg; the taste of the powder is slightly salty so most cats don't even notice it. You can get them anywhere; no one brand is better than another that I can tell.

    The weirdest treatment that has worked for me and a lot of people is Willard Water. Now you can do a Google search and read their whole website, but if you can figure out what it is, you'll be way ahead of me! Nevertheless it made a big difference for my herpes boy, Sundance.

    The most promising treatment I've come across is a homeopathic remedy for humans with herpes. I've tried it in a few cats with excellent success. It's not cheap ($50 for a bottle of 100), but if you dilute a tablet in a 1 ounce dropper bottle and dose from that, it will last you forever. www.aeura.com

    Here's some more info about herpesvirus in cats:
    http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.ph...conjunctivitis
     

  7. sillyitiliangrl

    sillyitiliangrl Thread Starter TCS Member Top Cat

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    Thanks Dr Jean!
     

  8. kitten_smitten

    kitten_smitten TCS Member Adult Cat

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    My cat Ferocious doesn't have the eye infections as much as the respiratory sneezing - she gets the mouth ulcers with flare ups. She mostly eats canned food because she doesn't like the dry foods. I think they hurt her mouth or some thing - so I have a Ferociously spoiled cat.

    Will the same recommendations work for her?

    Is there any thing specifically that can help with her sneezing.

    The L-lyine doses are they okay for six month old kitten . . . she weighs six pounds {and growing}

    I am new to all of this and I can be kind of "thick" so please pardon my ignorance - isn't it a protein amino acid? So it is supposed to help her build up her immune system or prevent it from breaking down when she is stressed? Ferocious is stressed easily I guess from being feral.
     

  9. kitten_smitten

    kitten_smitten TCS Member Adult Cat

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    CAW Micelle Water 99.3%


    Sodium Metasilicate 87.5%
    Sulfated Castor Oil 11.5%
    CAW Micelle 0.39
    Refined Lignite 0.23%
    Calcium Chloride 0.4%
    Magnesium Sulfate 0.4%



    Ricinoleic Acid Micelles in Willard Water
     

  10. jellybella

    jellybella TCS Member Top Cat

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    My understanding is that the L-lysine interferes with the virus ability to replicate? Anyway, it has helped my Stanley get over the sniffles and the mouth sores and I'll up the dosage a little bit if I start to hear him sneeze.[​IMG]
     

  11. sillyitiliangrl

    sillyitiliangrl Thread Starter TCS Member Top Cat

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    I gave teh boys their first 500mg dose of L-Lysine this AM before I went to work... NO REDNESS AT ALL!

    I can't belive it!!! I've been trying to get this cleared for MONTHS!!!
     

  12. drjean

    drjean TCS Member Veteran

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    Probably not the lysine; herpes comes and goes on its own. Just good timing, I would think! But hey, it's good news anyway! [​IMG]
     

  13. jcribbs

    jcribbs TCS Member Top Cat

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    I had a cat with eye herpes. we still have the cat but there is no more drainage from here eye. That particular eye is darker in color however.

    It ran for years regardless of what I tried. She used L-sine for years.

    Then in an effort to get all my cats the best possible nutrition, I switched from purina indoor formula to Felidae with a couple raw meals a week.

    Their coats improved and the eye drainage is completely gone. Except for the darker color of the eye, you would never know that this eye drained/dripped/ran for years.

    Felidae is a great food! They are shiny, and shed vey little. I am not sure if the change of diet has anything to do with her eye clearing up but it is the only thing I changed.
     

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