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Old 12-30-2013, 06:05 PM
 
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I read that L-Lysine is a good supplement for cats, especially for kidney and immune system health. My lovebug Punkin is 10 years old and has feline herpes. Does anyone have any input on giving a cat with herpes L-Lysine?
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Old 12-31-2013, 03:56 AM
 
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L-lysine inhibits the herpes virus from replicating and is very effective at controlling flare-ups in most cases. The therapeutic dose is 500 mg a day. I recommend using the pure powder. Just mix it into the cat's canned food either once a day (500 mg) or twice a day (250 mg day and evening).

For optimal kidney health feed an all canned diet.
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:55 AM
 
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L-lysine inhibits the herpes virus from replicating and is very effective at controlling flare-ups in most cases. The therapeutic dose is 500 mg a day. I recommend using the pure powder. Just mix it into the cat's canned food either once a day (500 mg) or twice a day (250 mg day and evening).

For optimal kidney health feed an all canned diet.
Thank you!
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:00 PM
 
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I give my herpes-carrier kitty L-lysine too. I give the treats, they are easier for me to pick up at a local store. He hasn't had an episode of illness from his virus since I got him about a year ago (he was sick then.) I'm of the understanding that you give more to boost the immune system when they're sick, then you can decrease it to a maintenance dose.

I only give him 2 of the treats a day, I'm honestly not even sure how much that is, but I seem to vaguely recall I was told by the vet to give him like 6 of them or something when he was sick. At any rate, he loves the treats and has been healthy since.

He also eats an all canned and occasionally (store bought, pre-made) raw diet, no dry food.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:36 AM
 
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I have a blogger friend who wrote a great post on lysine that you may want to read: ~Tails from the Foster Kittens~: What I know - Lysine
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