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Warning to those with feline herpes virus!

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    Warning to those with feline herpes virus!


    I have a cat named Shepard who was born with this virus I wanted to let other pet owners to know to treat your cat right away when you get a flare up. My cat Shepard had an attack and he was squinting a lot apparently constant squinting can lead to entropian. If you have any questions I am willing to answer them from my experiences

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    How was Shepard diagnosed? Do you know what caused it? How is it being treated?
    An inside cat is a safe cat.

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    Shepard was diagnosed with the herpes virus when he was a kitten. I wasn't given much information about how to deal with flare ups. When he went a few weeks with a particularly bad flare up I read the squinting was normal. Then when I notice the fur was touching his eye I knew something was wrong so I went to the vet. After dealing with eye drops and 4 vet visits I was sent to a specialist who describes when a cat eye is inflame and they start squinting it causes the eye to retreat backwards to help protect but because Shepard kept squinting his eye it deformed his eye lid so now it curls inward causing scarring and damages from the eyelashes. Currently it is being treated by eye drops but I need to do expensive surgery to fix his eye. Lysine can be used for the herpes virus but if that doesn't help during flare ups then stronger anti virus I meds can be obtain by the vet.

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    I'm sorry to hear about Shepard. I've never had an experience with this condition. Will your vet do the surgery or do you have a teaching hospital near you that can do it?
    “Save a life and save a stray”

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    I have to have a specialist to do the surgery so they don't over correct his eye it is very expensive

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    Overcorrecting it is one issue, but there are other ways a regular vet can screw it up. Ophalmologists have more advanced tools and procedures to improve accuracy. They also can reduce the risk of complications.
    An inside cat is a safe cat.

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