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HPV (Human Papilloma Virus, genital warts) in Dogs and Cats

HPV, Feline Herpes Simplex Virus: Type 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2)

Herbal nutrition to help address symptoms of 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 which helps provide a fortified defense against unwanted intruders. It is an intricate system (linked to all body systems in your dog and cat) that help keep your pet healthy and protect them against invaders including allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, pathogens, parasites and toxins.

The immune system is tasked to support normal balanced 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, every body system is at risk.

Feline Herpes

The herpes virus, also called feline viral rhinopneumonitis (FVR), rhinotracheitis virus and feline herpes virus type 1 (FHV-1), is one of the most common causes of upper respiratory infections in cats of all ages. Many cats are exposed to the virus at some point in their lives, and your vet will likely likely recommend vaccination against the herpes virus as well as calicivirus, panleukopenia, and Chlamydia.

Up to 90 percent of all cats may be infected with herpes FHV-1, and many are infected at birth. Elderly cats,young kittens, convalescing cats and kittens and cats with compromised immune systems are most at risk. Some cats who become infected with feline herpes are latent carriers and remain asymptomatic. While latent carriers display no symptoms, they can still pass the virus on to other cats. Stress can cause these carriers to “shed” the virus, and it is normally interpreted as a cold. 

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 reccurrence.

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 the 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. 

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.


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. There is no known cure. Supplementation can help counteract the symptoms and boost immunity in cats with herpes.

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.

Please remember that humans and dogs cannot catch the strain that affects cats.

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 adult and senior dogs, the virus may cause mild respiratory illness which dogs with healthy immune systems can likely 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 (asymptomatic).

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.

Common symptoms include:


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 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 due to their natural anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory and natural steroid content; to help promote general, systemic immune health in dogs and cats; to help bolsters an animals risk from infection; o help soothe all bodily systems affected by infection; to help support incurable viral infections such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV); to help promote immunity and reduce inflammation, diseases and conditions related to infection and to help maintain the normal balance of micro flora in the gut; to help promote and restore balanced liver and digestive health.

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes antioxidant, natural plant steroid and Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections, tones and strengthens the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; for Candida including systemic Candida as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) and Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS).

Tummy Gladiator – (read more) is used holistically to help support a healthy digestive tract; to help maintain native gut flora, soothe stomach upset and support proper elimination; to lend nutritional support for balanced immune health; to help support lymphatic function; may help fight stomach and urinary infections, as well as general infections found in the animal body, due to its natural plant based steroid content and healthy plant chemicals which are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-Candidal; may also help to block allergen occurrence by reducing histamine and mast cell response as well as related inflammation, the triggers for allergies.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abscess, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi and germs; for bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; 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 and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella; 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, supporting 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 may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums.; Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerous, anti-Candidal and reduces nerve pain associated with wounds and injury.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains a synergistic blend of plant and marine extract adaptogens that help promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles; supports balanced immunity and limits whole body inflammatory response while promoting systemic healing and balanced immunity; as a holistic, natural treatment for rheumatism; for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD), Degenerative Myelopathy, arthrosis and related inflammation and pain; for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases; as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility; for overall optimal health and function and as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts. Contains herbs and marine extracts recognized by the World Health Organization as some of the most important ingredients in the natural treatment of all forms of arthritis.

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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