When it comes to feline emergency situations, some situations may be questionable. Feline herpes, also known as viral rhinopneumonitis, is one medical condition that can be confusing, especially because its symptoms are so similar to the common cold.
Most cats that contract feline herpes receive it from the discharge left by another infected cat. This discharge comes out of the nose, mouth or eyes. Ultimately, it is a very contagious disease.
Feline Herpes Symptoms
The most common symptoms associated with this condition include sneezing and a watery nose. It is possible that the sneezing will occur in brief attacks. Additionally, you may notice discharge coming from your pet’s eyes.
You may notice a loss of appetite and perhaps even depression in your cat. Symptoms of depression include lethargy and lack of interest in playtime or water.
Treating Feline Herpes
This upper respiratory condition is treatable as far as symptoms go, but a cat who contracts the virus will always carry it. In order to treat the symptoms associated with the condition, a veterinarian is likely to prescribe an oral antibiotic or antiviral. Some symptoms, like eye irritation, are easy to treat with a cream.
It is essential that you speak with a veterinarian if you believe your cat is developing an infection in the respiratory system. The symptoms can worsen and potentially even lead to death if the condition goes untreated.
Any cat can contract feline herpes, but those with compromised immune systems are more susceptible. Additionally, cat breeds with flat faces may face more severe symptoms. Fortunately, humans and other pets cannot catch feline herpes.
Vaccinations for feline herpes are also recommended for all kittens. In fact, keeping your pets up-to-date on their vaccinations is a great idea.
Contact us to learn more about your cat’s health and potential veterinary options. Unfortunately, cats experiencing this condition are likely to develop secondary conditions that may require immediate treatment.