Managing Feline Herpes Virus with Enisyl-F Paste

Along with all other diseases, it is helpful to understand what is happening in your cat's body before administering treatment for the feline herpes virus.

Feline Herpes Virus

The feline herpes virus affects the mouth, nasal passages, sinuses and upper airways. The symptoms of the virus are:

  • Sneezing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Inflammation of the nose
  • Conjunctivitis (inflammation of the conjunctiva)

Although the virus affects cats of all ages and breeds, it is often seen in kittens. Cats who acquire the virus are carriers for life. The fact that they have the virus doesn't mean they will always show symptoms. It isn't uncommon for cats to develop secondary infections on top of an already existing infection. The virus poses a greater threat to kittens than to adult cats.

What Does Enisyl-F Paste Do?

Enisyl-F Paste contains L-lysine, which interferes with the virus's ability to replicate, and thus reduces the viral load. Enisyl-F Paste is meant to:

  • Lessen the symptoms of the herpes virus
  • Reduce the shedding of the virus when a cat is stressed
  • Reduce the frequency of flare ups

The L-lysine doesn't cure the virus, it simply helps control the outbreaks.

How Enisyl-F Paste is Administered to Your Cat

The paste is designed to be easily administered to your cat, and therefore won't cause any extra stress. In fact, you may find that your cat actually likes the taste of the paste. The paste can be applied directly onto the mouth, or on the paw or nose where it will be licked off. If it's easier, it can be added to your cat's food. Adult cats will require a bit more of the paste than kittens. It is safe to administer the paste daily, but it may not be necessary. The frequency and dosage of the paste depends on both the cat, and the severity of the virus. Since the flare ups of the virus have been shown to be triggered when a cat is under stress, it may be appropriate to change the dosages accordingly. Typically, the paste should be administered for a 30-day period to minimize recurrence, and to determine if the paste will work for your cat. However, since a cat becomes a carrier for life, your vet may recommended that you continue administering the paste for life.

Risks of Using Enisyl-F Paste

So far, there are no recorded side effects from the paste, but this doesn't mean that your cat is exempt from adverse effects. It's always a possibility for your cat to be allergic to the paste, but since L-lysine is naturally produced in a cat's body, its not likely. The paste is also designed to be used on kittens. Studies have shown that the L-lysine doesn't interfere with other supplements or medications, but it's always a good idea to consider all the treatments your cat is currently under, and if there may be problems if the Enisyl-F Paste is added. Consult with your vet to see if there will be any complications from using the paste to treat the feline herpes virus.