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Herpes Simplex Virus in Dogs / Herpes Simplex Virus in Cats Herpes / Simplex Virus in Pets

Herpes Simplex Virus in Dogs & Cats: Type 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2)

Herbal canine and feline remedies to help address viral infections such as herpes in cats and dogs.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout your pet’s body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against all sorts of invaders including allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

The immune system is also directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, an animal’s body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, then every body system is at risk.

Feline Herpes

The herpes virus, also called feline viral rhinopneumonitis (FVR), rhinotracheitis virus (FVR) and feline herpes virus type 1 (FHV-1), is one of the most common causes of upper respiratory infections in cats. Many cats are exposed to the virus at some point in their lives, and should be vaccinated for the herpes virus as well as for calicivirus, panleukopenia, and Chlamydia.

Up to 90 percent of all cats can be infected with herpes FHV-1, and many are infected at birth from their mothers. Most will remain carriers without being symptomatic (present symptoms).Elderly cats, young kittens and cats with compromised immune systems are most at risk. FHV-1 is species-specific and will not transmit to humans or other pets. Multiple-cat households have a greater risk of infection among all members, because FHV-1 is easily passed in nasal and ocular discharge, even when the infected cat isn't currently experiencing reoccurrence.

The most common way for the herpes virus to spread is through contact with discharge from an infected cat’s eyes, mouth or nose. Cats can catch this virus by sharing litter boxes, food and water dishes with an infected cat, as well as by mutual grooming.

An infected pregnant cat may also pass the virus on to kittens that are still in the womb. Because the virus is highly contagious, it is common in shelters, catteries, and multi-cat households.

Some cats who become infected with feline herpes are latent carriers. Even though they will never display symptoms, they can still pass the virus on to other cats. Stress can cause these carriers to “shed” the virus, exhibiting mild symptoms, which clear up on their own after a few days.

Cats of all sizes, ages and breeds are susceptible to feline herpes. However, cats in crowded or stressful conditions or with weak immune systems often develop more severe symptoms. Kittens are at greater risk as are specific breeds such as Persians and other flat-face breeds. Cats weakened by the virus may also develop secondary infections.

Symptoms of Feline Herpes Virus:

Sneezing attacks (it is uncommon for cats to sneeze)

Watery discharge from nose

Watery discharge from eyes


Pink eye (inflammation of the eyelid)

Lesions in and around the eyes

Eye ulcers




Loss of appetite




During flare-ups, shingles (FHV-1) can cause corneal scarring or degeneration, both of which can lead to permanent vision loss. After an outbreak, your cat's eye might water frequently, and there is no cure or preventative.

Kittens have a much higher rate of mortality from herpes (FHV-1) than adult cats. Adult cats rarely die from herpes FHV-1, and usually only from complications that follow lack of treatment. If your cat has herpes FHV-1, it is important to keep its environment as stress-free as possible to avoid future flare-ups. L-Lysine is an amino acid that can help inhibit reoccurrence of FHV-1.

It is important to note that humans and dogs are not at risk for catching feline herpes, and cats cannot catch the strains of herpes that humans carry.

Canine Herpes

The canine herpes virus is generally referred to as CHV and is the leading cause of death in puppies younger than 3 weeks old. In affected mature dogs, the virus may cause mild respiratory illness which dogs with healthy immune systems can usually overcome.

In dogs, the herpes virus can be sexually transmitted. Adult dogs can be latent carriers of the virus for years and show no signs of disease.

The canine herpes virus causes illness similar to chicken pox in humans is called Canine Herpes Virus or CHV. The virus is common and may affect nearly two out or three dogs as carriers of the virus.

Symptoms of Canine Herpes Virus:


Lack of appetite

Refusal to nurse




Most adult dogs exhibit no symptoms of the virus. In some dogs, blisters may be present on the vaginal walls of females.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used to help reduce symptoms of viral infections, to help boost and balance immunity, to help work to counteract the effects of herpes virus infection, to help promote general, systemic health in dogs and cats, to help bolster a pet's immune system to help counteract susceptibility to viral infection, to help soothe bodily systems affected by infection, for its antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, to support conditional needs related to incurable viral infections such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), to help promote immunity and reduce inflammation, diseases and conditions related to infection, to help maintain native gut flora, to help promote and restore liver and digestive health.

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Feline Conventional Treatments:

Vaccination is the best preventative. Diagnosis can be challenging, and is often based on a combination of symptoms, health history and lab tests.

Once infected, the majority of cats do not get rid of the virus. Treatment is focused on symptoms and your veterinarian may prescribe oral antibiotics or antiviral medications to help ease symptoms.

Drops and creams may be used for conjunctivitis or other eye irritations.

Sneezing is uncommon in cats. Any cat developing an upper respiratory infection should be under veterinary supervision. A brief exam by a veterinarian will help to determine if your cat requires medication, has a fever or is dehydrated. If a cat begins to show nasal discharge, loss or appetite or other symptoms, there is evidence of a secondary bacterial infection and cause for starting antibiotics.

Preventative care is contingent on limiting stress in your animal’s environment. Cats, in particular, like hiding places and private bedding areas to sleep and relax.

If your cat has shingles, frequent cleaning of the eyes to remove discharge may increase comfort.

A humidifier may help reduce congestion.  

Provide access to fresh, filtered drinking water.

Isolate your infected animal from other pets.

Keep all litter boxes, food and water bowls clean, and regularly wipe your cat’s eyes and nose, as blocked nasal passages could cause him to stop eating.

Canine Conventional Treatments:

There is no specific treatment for the herpes virus in puppies. In older puppies, force-feeding and anti-diarrhea medication are used to control symptoms until the puppy can recover.

Keeping whelping boxes warm may help to prevent the spread of the virus among newborn and young puppies. Mother dogs that produce litters with CHV should be spayed and not allowed to reproduce as it is likely the virus will infect all offspring.


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