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Lysine Treats and Chews – Easy Lysine for Cats

Lysine for cats is a widely used way to reduce the recurrence and severity of feline herpes break-outs.   You can buy Lysine supplements in gel or powder form to sprinkle onto your cat’s food, or take the really easy route and choose  a treat that contains Lysine instead.

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Lysine for Cats

lysine for catsLysine is believed to help fight the herpes virus because has lysine levels rise in the body, levels of another amino acid Arginine fall.  It is this acid that the herpes virus relies on to multiply so it is thought that by increasing the levels of Lysine in the body we restrict the ability for the virus to grow.

Whether Lysine for cats does work is very difficult to tell.  The nature of the virus is that it will come and go throughout the life of the animal, with some outbreaks being more serious than others.  However many thousands of pet owners feel the severity and length of each outbreak can be minimised by regular feeding with a lysine supplement.

Research will need to continue, but you can see the results of one study here.  There are no anti-viral drugs effective in destroying the herpes simplex virus once and for all.  But secondary treatments including antibiotics and feline eye ointments may be used to further reduce the severity of symptoms.

Lysine can interact with several antibiotics reducing their safety so it is important to consult your vet and let them know all products being used before accepting a prescription for a new antibiotic treatment.

Lysine Treats for Cats

Lysine treats are poultry flavored chews that make giving you pet their medicine straightforward.  Some of the treats are felt to be a little large for kittens but may readily be broken up for them.  Dosage instructions are given but generally a regular daily maintenance dose of between one and five chews will be needed plus extra when a flare up occurs.

The Feline Herpes Virus

This is extremely common and pretty much impossible to get rid of.  Most cats contract the virus as kittens from their mothers (close contact is needed to pass on the disease).  Once established the virus may lay dormant for long times, then periodically flare up again (similar to how cold sores affect humans).  The primary symptoms are sneezing and discharge from the eyes and/or nose.  The condition can cause severe eye problems and lesions particularly in young kittens, but most usually such a serious problem.

Stress and changes in routine accompanied by coming into contact with new viruses are the usual culprits of a new outbreak, so routine and minimising the interaction with new cats are good ways to reduce the occurrence of herpes symptoms in cats.

Lysine for Cats – Safety

Lysine is a naturally occurring amino acid that both animals and humans need to survive.  It is found in high protein foods and has proven safe even in high doses.  However if you suspect any allergic reaction such as hives, facial swelling, diarrhea, vomiting, shocks, seizures or pale gums stop using the cat medication and consult your vet immediately.

Lysine for cats is widely used with success for the long term treatment of cats infected with the feline herpes virus.