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Preventative Pet Health Care Series: Feline Herpesvirus (Rhinotracheitis)

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90% of upper respiratory infections in cats are the result of either feline herpesvirus or calicivirus (calicivirus will be covered in the next preventative health care series).  More than 80% of cats have had exposure to herpesvirus, making it one of the most common disease complexes in cats.  The good news is that most cases of herpesvirus are self-limiting, with only a minority of cases taking on a more severe and/or long term chronic form.

On the other hand, one of the more frustrating aspects of herpesvirus in cats is that, while the immune system in most cases suppresses future outbreaks in the healthy, adult cat, periods of stress or other circumstances that may lead to immune suppression (old age, other concurrent disease, immune suppressive therapy, etc.) may lead to future potential outbreaks.  This is because the virus, similarly to the various herpesviruses in people, never truly is cleared from the system, remaining latent in the host’s DNA.  Thus, just as a person who experienced chicken pox, a herpesvirus, may develop shingles later as a senior or geriatric aged and/or immune suppressed form, cats may also develop future outbreaks of herpesvirus.   As such, even though the likelihood is high that a given cat may have been exposed to herpesvirus, an AAHA based immunization protocol (outlined below) is still a good idea to boost the immune system against future outbreaks.

Herpesvirus may take on two forms in cats, the most common form of which is upper respiratory infection.  Signs include sneezing, coughing, nasal discharge, hoarse voice, and fever.  It is not uncommon to see a very high fever.  In some cases, opportunistic secondary bacterial infection may lead to lower respiratory infection, leading to bronchitis or pneumonia.  These complicated cases are seen most commonly in very young or very old cats, some of which require hospitalization and intravenous fluid therapy and antibiotics to resolve.   The more common, self-limiting cases are treated with an outpatient course of antibiotics to manage opportunistic secondary bacterial infection while the feline patient clears the virus, a process that typically leads to resolution in 7-21 days.

Another form of herpesvirus leads to conjunctivitis, which is infection of the inner membranes of the eyelids, the third eyelid, and cornea of one or both eyes.  Swelling, excessive discharge, and excessive tearing are common.  In some cases, the cornea can form a focal region of eroded tissue called a corneal ulcer.  Cases of herpesvirus conjunctivitis in cats are typically treated with a combination of systemic and topical antibiotic drops.  In cases where there is a corneal ulcer, a corneal lubricant/protectant topical drop called Genteal is commonly concurrently used.

Chronic Forms

Both the respiratory and ocular forms can reach chronic states, where the feline patient suffers from ongoing or chronic recurring infections.  For either form, it is often helpful to supplement the affected cat’s diet with the amino acid, L-lysine.  L-lysine safely modulates the immune system to optimally suppress herpesvirus.  For the ocular for, it is often helpful to maintain the patient on a topical antiviral drop called idoxuridine.


As previously mentioned, herpesvirus outbreaks and/or novel infections are effectively prevented with an effective and safe vaccine.  Represented as the “R” (R stands for the clinical syndrome herpesvirus causes called rhinotracheitits) in the combination core feline vaccine, FVRCP, the vaccine is given at 6, 9, and 12 weeks of age, boostered at one year, then administered once every 3 years thereafter.

Dr. Roger Welton is the President of Maybeck Animal Hospital in West Melbourne, FL, Chief Editor of the Veterinary Advice and Information Website, Web-DVM, and founder/CEO of Dr. Roger’s Holistic Veterinary Care.

17 thoughts on “Preventative Pet Health Care Series: Feline Herpesvirus (Rhinotracheitis)

  1. chris says:

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  11. Dr ibukun says:

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  15. monika love says:

    I has suffered for Human papillomavirus HPV) for 2years, I was given some tablets at the hospital but I refused to take it, They said I have to be on it for life so I don’t want take a drugs everyday for life. No point in taking medicine everyday when u won’t get cure from it and I was advice to seek for natural herbal cure, after some time I found dr onokun is the most trustful herbalist that have herbs to cure wicked symptom’s,I emailed dr onokun, for 2weeks been his patient he cured my (HPV) with his herbal. I only used his natural herbs for two weeks it was 100% cure. I’m not (HPV) patient anymore. I’m happy about it i finally got cured out of this mess been in my body for 2years. I also recommend you if you’re living with (HPV) or herpes symptoms i also want you to be free contact dr onokun with the email attach to my post.

  16. donna albert says:

    I want to say a very thanks to Dr Osalu, I have been cure from this terrible disease (Herpes) for over nine months now and I tire to share my testimony about how I was cure to people and they always told me that it not a permanent cure but I decide to go to a check up again and I discovered that I was still negative so Dr Osalu is a very great man and he more different from other doctors because he did take me as his son and he never fail me and also he always keep his words he is the best doctor in African and I pray to God so that he can keep him alive email him if you need his help too via or whatapps or call him on +2348078668950.  

  17. Christina N says:

    I found out, that taking herbal treatment is the best to get rid of hpv as soon as i feel the symptoms of hpv is appearing, i took the healing process by contacting Dr onokun for natural treatment it works wonders, amazingly ever since I had the herbal treatment i have not feel these horrible disease anymore and my doc told me the virus is gone, i am glad i finally got cured out from this horrible disease. every hpv or herpes patients should also get in touch with this herbalist Dr to get ride of these disease forever his email address;

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