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Feline Viral Rhinopneumonitis (FVR) Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus (FVR) Feline Herpes Virus (FHV-1) in Cats

Feline Viral Rhinopneumonitis (FVR) / Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus (FVR) / Feline Herpes Virus (FHV-1) 

Herbal nutrition to help address symptoms related to feline herpes virus infections.

The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign fells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body.  

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and up to the task of supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

When your animal’s immune system is triggered, and if it is not in balance, it sends an alarm throughout the body in instances such as exposure to fleas, pollen, chemicals or other inorganic materials. When immunity is not balanced, it becomes overactive or suppressed and is no longer able to tell the difference between its own body or a foreign invader. As a result, the animal body basically attacks its own immune system, opening the door to inflammation, infection and autoimmune disease. 

The herpes virus, (also called feline viral rhinopneumonitis (FVR), rhinotracheitis virus (FVR) and feline herpes virus type 1 (FHV-1)), are one of the most common causes of upper respiratory infections in cats. Many cats are exposed to the virus during their lifetime and should be vaccinated for it. 

Cats of all sizes, ages and breeds are susceptible to the feline herpes virus (FVR) and up to 90 percent of all cats may be infected with herpes FHV-1. Many kittens are infected while still in their mother's womb. Most cats will remain carriers without presenting any symptoms. Cats in the greatest categories of risk are those where immunity has been compromised in some form, including senior, kittens, convalescing animals, those in stressful, crowded environments, and specific breeds such as Persians. Cats who do not display physical symptoms of illness can still be latent carriers and can pass it along to other cats in your household.

FHV-1 is cat specific and will not transmit to humans or other pets. Multiple-cat households have a greater risk of infection as they come in contact with discharge from the eyes, mouth or nose. Cats can also catch the virus when they share litter boxes, food and water bowls and through grooming. 

Symptoms of Feline Herpes Virus:

Sneezing attacks (sneezing is uncommon for cats!)

Watery discharge from nose

Watery discharge from eyes

Watery discharge from mouth


Pink eye (inflammation of the eyelid)

Lesions in and around the eyes

Eye ulcers




Loss of appetite




During flare-ups, FHV-1 can cause corneal scarring or macular degeneration, both of which can lead to permanent vision loss in your cat. After an outbreak, your cat's eye might water frequently, and there is no cure or preventative. Herbals that may specifically help support immunity and eye health may mitigate symptoms include All Shins & Grins and Bionic Body helps to address both issues fully and includeds L-Lysine, an amino acid that can help inhibit reoccurrence of FHV-1.

Kittens are much more likely to die from herpes (FHV-1) than adult cats. Mortality in adult cats from herpes is rare. Treatment typically involves supporting immune health and keeping your cat's environment as stress-free as possible to avoid future flare-ups. 

Helpful suggestions: 

Preventative care requires limiting the stress your pet experiences. Make sure your cat has hiding places and private sleeping places to relax.

Feed a premium, holistic, raw or home cooked diet to help support optimal nutrition. Cats are carnivores and kibble may not meet their nutritional needs for meat.

Provide access to fresh, filtered drinking water daily.

If your cat has shingles, clean its eyes frequently to remove discharge and build up. 

Clean your cat's nose regularly as blockage could prevent your cat from eating. 

A humidifier may help reduce congestion.  

Isolate your infected cat from other pets.

Keep all litter boxes, food and water bowls clean.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets  - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies are used to help reduce symptoms of viral infections, to help boost and balance immunity, to help counteract the effects of the herpes virus infection, to help promote general, systemic health in cats, to help keep an animal free of infection, to soothe all bodily systems affected by infection, for its antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, to help support incurable viral infections such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), to help reduce inflammation, diseases and conditions related to infection and to help maintain the normal balance of micro flora in the gut, to promote and restore liver and digestive health.

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to allergies, Lyme disease and other auto immune diseases; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic (read, repair and restore functions) for its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; strongly antioxidant and free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive Vitamin C content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; ); for its critical carotenoid content to help nourish eye and teeth health (important for eye health and eye diseases including macular degeneration plus collagen production may promote strong teeth and dental disease); adaptogens and natural phytochemicals work to stimulate collagen production, a primary building material of bones; may help prevent dental disease; for its plant actions to help strengthen bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, sheath surrounding nerves and muscles, connective tissues & blood vessels & helps to reduce joint inflammation, while activating a cartilage-protective biochemical, potentially helping to preserve healthy cartilage in aging joint; for its anti-allergen natural plant chemicals which may help to fight off allergies and infections; for its prebiotic and probiotic content to help support native gut flora and healthy digestion.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains antioxidants, prebiotics, probiotics, digestives enzymes, fiber, inulin, fatty acids and adaptogens and is a potent plant-based anti-viral, which may help nutritionally tone the animal body, may help boost or balance immunity as needed, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system or boosting an under- performing immune system, may help build white blood count to help fight infection,may help reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; may help support water regulation and fluid balance in the body;may help reduce all types of inflammation, may help provide dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, may help reduce the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy) and fever; may be an important anti-viral adjunctive in cases of Herpes virus; may help alleviate symptoms for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobilityreduces all types of inflammation, particularly from the heart to brain; as a gastrotonic to support stomach health; contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants in the world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) LIQUID  POWDER  CAPSULES  helps promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi, germs, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions; for holistic use for ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx, throat & nerves; helps provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, nerve & joint pain and pain associated with wounds and injury; may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums; helps support the  body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and; documented anesthetic, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-viral, antidysenteric, antifungal, antihemorrhagic, antileukemic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antitumorous,  neurasthenic and vulnerary (wound healer); used holistically for all types of Herpes virus, for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis


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.

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.

It is also recommended that cats be vaccinated for calicivirus, panleukopenia, and chlamydia.




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