What is the Feline Herpes Virus (FHV)? Controlled studies investigating their usefulness are limited. Influenza is a viral infection that attacks respiratory system including nose, throat and lungs. The information and data displayed in this profile are created and managed by Capital IQ, a Standard & Poor’s company. Cats may either develop signs of conjunctivitis alone, or symptoms coupled with keratitis, which is then termed keratoconjunctivitis. Even if the underlying trigger of chronic sinusitis is indeed allergy, the presence of a secondary infection must also be treated effectively. What dose of lysine are you using?
In the clinical trial, food intake and median clinical disease scores for nasal discharge and sneezing increased from days 1 to 7 in both groups and demeanor scores worsened in famciclovir-treated cats. If the cornea is involved in the infection, this is a clear indicator that antiviral medications would be needed. Feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) is a common cause of eye and upper respiratory infection in the cat. If your kitty cat shows flu like symptoms, running nose, cough, tearing eyes, ulcerated eyes, constipation, very small size, even a closed eye that might be herpes. We had been treating him for these with an immunosuppressant drug, and it was working beautifully—right up until the point where poor Sam developed an adverse reaction to the drug. If the cats have ocular ulcers or Keratitis, then topical antiviral eye drops, like Cidofovir or Idoxuridine can be applied. Typically, therapy includes frequent antiviral drops or ointment applied to the affected eye (s).
Cats with recurrent FVR conjunctivitis infections will often require treatment with antiviral ophthalmic drops (see our handout on Conjunctivitis – Feline Herpes Viral). A telephonic replay of the call will be available beginning approximately one hour after the conference call ends. Although statistically significant, the effect was not very pronounced; however, it demonstrates for the first time antiviral efficacy of this compound in naturally FIV-infected cats. It took an eye specialist and very expensive antiviral eye drops that had to be given two and three times a day for months. Sometimes surgery is required to repair the damage done by the virus. In contrast, treatment of cats with acute viral upper respiratory tract infection with feline interferon-omega did not lead to significant improvement in another placebo-controlled double-blind study. AbstractNucleoside analogues such as acyclovir are effective antiviral drugs against herpes simplex virus infections since its introduction.
Antiviral drugs may be necessary in the form of eye drops for herpes viral induced eye lesions. Feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) is a common cause of eye and upper respiratory infection in the cat. Therefore, treating underlying nasal allergies will always decrease the risk for sinus infections. The bad news is until the steroid wears off he is going to have a difficult time fighting the virus. These days there are a few antiviral eye drops that can be useful if the cause is herpes virus and the cat has herpetic ulcers, such as idoxiuridine and the newer vidarabine. Antiviral drugs may be necessary in the form of eye drops for herpes viral-induced eye lesions. I suspect that one of the drops that you’re giving is an antiviral drop, and yes, these medicines are costly.
Told by vet to give him gentamicin sulfate eye drops in his nose and terrimycin ointment for his eyes when he is symptomatic; otherwise, leave alone to spare his liver and kidneys. Otherwise, lysine is an antiviral amino acid that is useful in preventing flare-ups, and there are prescription antivirals that are effective against severe eye infections. Your vet may prescribe oral interferon as an antiviral medication to help your cat’s immune system suppress the feline herpes virus.