If L-lysine isn’t helping at the moment, there are a couple of things that can help. One is that the dose needs to be adjusted upwards, and your vet can advise on this. Another is that a more specific anti-viral drug needs to be used – these drugs aren’t antibiotics as such because they are only effective against bacteria. Anti-viral drugs are specifically targeted to treat viral diseases such a herpes. Thirdly, is there a secondary infection that’s causing issues? In some studies, cats with herpes virus developed a secondary infection with an organism called Mycoplasma so it may be that your cat has picked up a secondary invader and this is what’s causing a worsening of symptoms. Another way to help manage herpes virus is to make sure your cat’s immune system is in peak condition. This means great nutrition, regular parasite control and minimal stress.
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