WHAT IS THE FELINE HERPES VIRUS (FHV)?

If not acted upon quickly the disease can progress to corneal ulceration and even perforation causing the loss of the eye or eyes. But by the time I had taken in and was living with 14 rescued cats, I had learned a great deal about cat eye care. This can result in blindness and even the loss of the affected eye. However, cats can get infected at any time in life. After getting her home, the eye didn’t clear up, and Goldie started exhibiting signs of an upper respiratory infection — sneezing and runny/watery eyes. If this were my cat, I would be asking for referral to a veterinary ophthalmologist for confirmation of the diagnosis of retinal atrophy. In other words, the cornea may have a scratch, or worse an ulcer, and veterinary attention will be needed.

However, cats can get infected at any time in life. The infection begins with an initial phase that is usually the most severe in terms of symptoms. Conjunctivitis does not affect vision, unless the cat is holding its eye closed due to pain or discharge buildup. Dr. Ocular herpes can be very painful and if untreated could lead to vision loss or loss of the eye in the most severe infections. Your veterinarian will gently open the eyelids, drain the pus, clean the eyes thoroughly and apply medication. If left untreated, infections of this nature can lead to permanent blindness.

Spread of these parasites can be avoided by following these tips: wash your hands frequently when interacting with your puppy, promptly remove feces from the environment, avoid contact with contaminated soil, disinfect any surfaces that have come in contact with infected feces, and most importantly get your pet tested and treated. Very young animals, geriatric animals and cats with immune diseases are at increased risk of flare ups and serious complications if they become infected with feline herpes conjunctivitis. Dogs: There are several causes of corneal ulcers. Although keratitis can have a number of different causes, FHV infection causes the development of multiple small branching corneal ulcers (called dendritic keratitis’) and this is considered diagnostic of FHV infection. Tissues should be free of any signs of inflammation without bluish-tinted scars across any portion. Like the human disease, cat flu can be spread by close contact with other infected animals, in the secretions from the eyes and noses of infected animals. This entry was posted on Monday, July 13th, 2009 at 7:34 am and is filed under cat.

People like to call conjunctivitis “pink eye.” Inflammation can result from viral or bacterial infection, allergies, trauma, and immune related diseases. Repeat this several times a day. If you notice any of these signs, take your cat to the vet immediately. I could see his spinal column. Feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR) is an upper respiratory or pulmonary infection of cats caused by feline herpesvirus 1, of the family Herpesviridae. I have a cat with herpes and he leads a very normal, happy life, although he is miserable during flare-ups, for which he always gets antibiotics. Keratitis is rare, and if present, may be the result of coinfection with organisms such as feline herpesvirus 1.

Visit your veterinarian if your cat is exhibiting any of the above symptoms. Most feline upper airway infections are caused by viruses, but some cats develop secondary bacterial infections. The medical history may include trying to determine how long the conjunctivitis has been going on and whether any other signs of illness have been observed. However, cats in general have pretty refined defense mechanisms to prevent damage to their corneas. At risk are cats/kittens dealing with poor sanitation and ventilation problems, lactating queens, and sickly kittens /cats. The virus typically causes an initial infection in cats that includes runny eyes and nasal congestion that resolves within a few weeks. Affected animals cough and sneeze and pass on droplets of virus particles to other cats.

If you follow good hygiene practices including proper hand washing after handling any cat, you will minimize the chance that you can get an illness from this or any other infectious disease. Feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) is a common cause of eye and upper respiratory infection in the cat. The symptoms may easily be misinterpreted, because the cat may have an eye infection. More information about the most common infectious agents that cause an upper respiratory infection in cats can be found in separate handouts in this series of client education materials. Because it’s infectious, it’s also contagious. In keeping with other similar organisms, Chalmydophila felis (or C felis) is a very fragile bacterium and cannot survive for any significant time in the environment. Many cats are infected with the virus and do not show any signs of clinical illness.

“The most important thing is to bring your cat into the vet for care before you do anything,” says Dr.