Nobody wants their cat to suffer from a virus, but unfortunately some cats develop feline herpes and feel the effects, regardless. This virus has no effect on humans, dogs or other pets, but it can be a serious breathing problem for cats, and it can also cause conjunctivitis in feline ocular systems.
Vetoquinol Viralys (L-Lysine) Powder meets the needs of a Lysine supplement which is a known help in cat herpes virus treatment, both for respiratory and eye symptoms. As an antibiotic, the powder can be ingested by a cat for systemic treatment and protection, and help control the effects of the virus in the affected feline patient.
Packaged in 100 gram containers for multiple doses with one order, Entirelypets.com sells Vetoquinol Viralys Powder in tasty flavors, convincing cat patients to take their medicine without a fuss. This is a good thing since, as any cat owner knows, when a cat doesnít want to do something their fish-hook claws and teeth emphasize the point clearly in case there was any confusion on the matter.
While reducing your catís stress and anxiety in its home environment will keep the virus symptoms to a minimum, having Vetoquinol Viralys Powder on hand will also contribute to a healthier, furry friend and a longer feline life.
Feline Herpes Virus
What is feline herpes
Feline herpes virus is an upper respiratory virus of cats. It is also known as
rhinotracheitis virus. It is very common among cats, especially in environments
where there are multiple cats or new cats are constantly interacting. The virus
is spread through the air and replicates in the upper respiratory tract (nasal
area, tonsils). The conjunctiva of the eye is also affected during the primary
infection which results in
conjunctivitis. Clinical signs of infection include sneezing and ocular and
nasal discharge. In most cases the primary infection resolves with no residual
ocular lesions. However, depending on the age when the cat is affected, the
serotype of the virus (infectivity or strength of infection), and other factors,
there may be various ocular signs. In very young cats, adhesions of the eyelids
to each other or to the cornea may occur. Adult cats may experience recurrent
conjunctivitis or corneal ulcers. The virus remains latent in the nerves that
serve the eyes. When a cat is stressed or exposed to new serotypes (different
strains) of herpes virus, the ocular disease can recur. There is some evidence
that eosinophilic keratitis, plasmacytic-lymphocytic keratitis, corneal
sequestrum, and some cases of anterior uveitis may be associated with feline
herpes virus infection.
How do cats get feline herpes virus?
Most cats are affected as kittens, contracting the infection from their mothers.
Stray cats, multi-cat households, and cats from households where new cats are
constantly introduced are more likely to suffer infection. Feline herpes virus
is not contagious to dogs or to humans but only affects cats.
How is feline herpes virus diagnosed?
History and clinical signs can diagnose ocular diseases caused by feline herpes
virus. Aside from history and clinical signs, diagnostic tests for feline herpes
virus include virus isolation, immunofluorescent antibody testing, polymerase
chain reaction testing, serology, and cytology. Testing can be expensive and is
generally reserved for specific cases. Tests that may not specifically detect
the presence of herpes may be used to detect ocular disease caused by herpes.
These tests include a Schirmer tear test (measuring tear production), corneal
staining, and conjunctival biopsy.
How is feline herpes virus treated?
Treatment for feline herpes virus infections is nonspecific and generally
directed at controlling secondary bacterial infection. A topical antibiotic such
as tetracycline or erythromycin may be prescribed for use in the eye. Systemic
antibiotics may also be prescribed. Oral L-Lysine is recommended by many
veterinary ophthalmologists at a dose of 250-500 mg twice daily. Lysine competes
with another amino acid, arginine, that herpes virus must have in order to
reproduce. Lysine has been demonstrated to decrease the severity of ocular
symptoms associated with herpes virus infection (1) and reduce viral shedding
during periods of disease recurrence (2). Depending on symptoms, other
medications such as topical antiviral drugs, topical polysulfated
glycosaminoglycans, topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or topical
interferon may be used. In some cases the ocular diseases resulting from feline
herpes virus may require surgical intervention. The key to managing the clinical
signs associated with feline herpes virus is controlling the cat's environment.
Cats exposed to multiple cats (indoor-outdoor cats), cats in multiple cat
households, or cats that are frequently introduced to new cats are difficult to
keep disease free. Reducing stress by maintaining a stable routine is helpful in
preventing recurrences of disease. Keep in mind that it is the nature of the
virus to see recurrences of the disease and periodic treatment is often
INDICATION: For use in cats and kittens as a
nutritional supplement for conditions responsive to Lysine.
DOSAGE: Each 322 mg (1 rounded scoop)
contains approximately 250 mg of L-Lysine in a palatable base. The suggested
dose for cats over 6 months of age is 1 rounded scoop given orally twice daily.
The suggested dose for kittens under 6 months of age is 1/2 scoop given orally
twice daily. Adjust dosage as needed. Each scoop is 1/8 tsp.
ADMINISTRATION: VIRALYS is a highly
palatable powder that may be sprinkled over dry food or mixed with a small
amount of canned food.
i ordered two products on the 6th of this month, the L-lysine powder and L-lysine treats for cats. i used the priority mail option expecting the items to be here by the 9th, well its the 9th and its not here. so i called and after waiting on hold for over 15mins. i was told it wasnt processed until yesterday (the 8th) remember i ordered it on the 6th they told me it was scheduled to arrive on the 11th SO WHAT IS THE POINT OF PRIORITY MAIL! i recommend to buying your products locally if possible, i feel like i've been ripped off by ENTIRELY PETS.COM!!!!
Excellent supplement for FIV+ cat by punkerdoo03/27/2010
I took in a stray with a severe upper respiratory illness. Found out he was FIV+, and I wasn't able to get rid of the URI. After 2 1/2 months on various antibiotics and relapsing within a week of finishing each antibiotic, on vet's advice I added Viralys 2x a day to his food, as we tried a 4th antibiotic. He's been off antibiotics for 3 weeks now and he's healthy, but I'm continuing the Viralys (and Oxstrin capsules) daily. So far, no relapse. Vet recommended continuing the Viralys for his lifetime. This seems to be doing the trick to support his immune system.
Great product. by Geri04/26/2012
I take care of 30 to 35 stray cats. The lysine that I buy helps keep them healthy. The price is great since I need a large quanity. The service is so fast. I order one day and can get it the next. I have checked other sites and some don't even carry this product. Thank You so much for reasonable prices and fast delivery.
Viralysis by gerryb from NJ/FL04/23/2012
This has kept my cat's problem in check since she was a kitten. Our vet says it's doing it's job. Two scoops in her food daily, and she easily gets her meds.
lysine by abbie from dublin,ohio01/12/2012
I received my l-lycine very quickly. my cats liked the flavor and the texture of the powder and ate it with no hesitation. much easier than plaiin l lysine
Great idea by jojo10/24/2011
My cat was rescued from a shelter and was sneezing frequently every day, but once I started giving her the lysine it went away almost completely. This powder is cheap and convenient and lasts a long time. She also loves the taste!
Viralys works by Amber10/24/2009
Viralys is recommended as an aid in the treatment of Feline Herpes Virus and its associated respiratory and ocular symptoms. It has helped my 2 cats have a normal life and the weezing and sneezing has almost disapeared.
Works great for feline herpes by slatsyrc from Houston, TX12/12/2011
My cat has always had issues with feline herpes. He had the typical upper respiratory issues and weeping eyes. I had started him on the lysine gel at first, but he eventually grew tired of that. I mix this lysine powder in with his wet food daily and he has not had a flare-up since. I also give him the viralys treats daily, which he loves.
Finally, a cure! by Kathy from Mt Crawford, VA01/02/2012
We had been struggling with two kittens having respiratory issues for two months. Once we starting putting the Viralys powder in their food we haven't heard any more sneezing or wheezing!
Lysine for stomatitis & AIDS by Kathleen05/17/2008
This is an excellent supplement for cats with feline AIDS & stomatitis! Add it to each meal & within a few weeks you will see respiratory problems lessen in severity & reduces pain in the mouth.
by from 03/15/2012
When my Veterinarian recommended putting all my cats on L-Lysine, I purchased it locally in pill form and ground it by hand. That lasted a week and I went on line to find a better alternative.
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Love this product by Em09/05/2009
I have tried other brands of lysine but this is the best by far. Me and my cats would be lost with out it.
Won't be without it - great product by rallypoppers from Southeast Michigan02/23/2011
This a great product to help control feline herpes virus and I will continue to give it to my cat for the rest of his life, which I hope to be a long one. I give 1 scoop 2x day with his raw meat diet. I took my cat to the vet for a well kitty check-up and mentioned the cat sometimes had a cracked, dry nose and clear runny eyes. The vet had just received a jar of Viralys from a manufacturer's rep and gave it to me to try. That was 2 years ago and no more nose & eye problems. One jar lasts about 10 months, so the price is great too!
Great product by Lisa03/12/2009
I wouldn't live without this product for my two cats who are prone to upper respiratory issues. This keeps everything under control and helps them breath better! I love it and keep it on hand constantly.
My cats all have the Herpes virus and the Lysine helps keep it in check. They've been much healthier since I started them on it. They like the flavor, too, so I don't have to worry about trying to "hide" the powder in their food--I just sprinkle it on top and they eat it right up.
by from 11/06/2011
We have a cat the has feline herpes. The lysine reduces ocular problems cause in cats by feline herpes. It has really helped reduce the eye problems in our cat.
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Fastest Delivery/Great Product by twinkles from New York, NY03/31/2012
My cat was diagnosed with a URI and I was informed that L Lysine would help her to get rid of her cold faster. I was desperate, she was, as the vet said, spiraling out of control. After almost two weeks of medications she was still sick as a "dog" even though she is a cat. I researched where to buy L Lysine that was formulated for cats and I found it here at Entirely Pets. I ordered it late one Saturday afternoon and it arrived at my home on Monday. I was amazed and extremely thankful for the speedy delivery. I began giving my baby the L Lysine and within 36 hours there was an incredible improvement and she did not end up being hospitalized as the vet thought she would need to be. I cannot thank Entirely Pets enough!!
Keeps the URI in Checki by mrzmaz from Peabody, MA01/29/2012
Our cat has "battled" his URI issues since we adopted him in 2004. L-Lysine helps to keep his flare-ups in check and to a minimum. Thank you!
The best product ever! by julie from Waconia,MN11/23/2011
My 10 year kiitty Kwinn began having a lot of eye problems this year and was diagnosed with the herpes virus.I spent hundred of dollars on vet visits and some expensive meds and his eye was getting worse.My vet said to try Lysine,so I went online and found this great product,and within days his eye looked much better and now is completely normal!!! Apparently it even tastes good,because the first day he started eating it before I even mixed it with his canned food! Thanks from Kwinn.You have a customer for life.
Very Satsified by Maxwell11/01/2011
Quick response with shipping and tracking. Received as noted very rapidly.
I use this in conjunction with the gel. It gets sprinkled over the dry food. It works great for their respiratory issues!!
by from 03/13/2012
Product helps our cat stay stress-free (as stress-free as a cat can be). This helps keep her feline herpes in check.
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Great product, great price by moboto from Bellevue, WA03/04/2012
I add this to my cat's wet food twice a day to help control his herpes eye infection. Couldn't be any easier to use, and he either doesn't notice it's there or he doesn't mind the taste (if it even has any). It does a nice job helping to reduce his eye problem. Also, at Entirely Pets it's about 1/3 less the price than at my vet, and since he will need to be on this the rest of his life that adds up.
They actually enjoy the taste! by LRLeopards from Pensacola, FL11/03/2011
Supplementing is so hard to do with picky taste buds, like those of my Savannahs. I supplement with L. Lysine for its allergen reducing effects and I had tried a few different L. Lysine products before finding a winner in this one. First thing you'll notice with this product is a somewhat strong aroma like flake fish food (or at least thatís what my nose associates the smell with!) and my cats go crazy for it. They've been known to hop up on the counter after I put the supplement into their bowls and lap at the powder. I mix it in with their soft food twice a day and it's a breeze to get them to eat it. Great product! Highly recommended!
good price for what my vet recommends by AnneMack04/26/2012
Ii is great to pay half as much for the exact same anti-viral supplement that my cat needs.
No More Tears by Jillington from Kansas City03/12/2012
Viralys is an effective and easy to deliver product. We have used Viralys Powder since this kitten adopted us 5 years ago. I give her a couple spoons full of canned food with the powder mixed in daily and she is always eager for it. The reddish tearing of her right eye is well controlled and her energy level stays high. Purchasing this product on-line is not only easy, it is reliable and always available.
Great product! by Juliane from Frederick, MD10/04/2011
This started working for my cat within a week. It was very easy to order off the website and was delivered fast. Thank you!
Helps with Feline Herpes Virus by hanksmom12/20/2011
Giving a daily maintenance dosage (sprinkle on food, moisten with water) really helps keep my cat's upper respiratory symptoms in check. When I notice a "flare-up" I increase his dosage, depending on severity, then cut back to maintenance when symptoms subside. Used in conjunction with antibiotics (when needed) really helps out his immune system.
Viralys is the Best by Ms Boo11/30/2011
We began using this product with our tortise shell cat when she was a year old. She gets it twice a day with her food.
She loves the flavor of it so much, that she licks it right out of her bowl before I have the chance to put her food into it.
We began using Viralys, because when she was found, at 10 weeks of age, wandering lost, around someone's back yard, covered with mud, she apparently had picked up some parasitic issues in her little stomach and had an upper respiratory infection. We adopted her from a wonderful rescuer in Queens, and brought her home. I could see that her eyes were watering, red and discharging. The Vet put her on Viralys and now I purchase it at 1/2 the price from Entirely Pets. This product has totally controlled the upper respiratory problem, which is essentially a herpes infection. I will continue to use this knowing it is good for her and something she loves the taste of.
by from 12/27/2011
My cats have the herpes virus (thanks to a shelter cat I brought home years ago). Before Viralys every other month someone was going to the vet for sniffles or eye discharge. Since starting Viralys 2 years ago I have only had to make one vet visit for breakthrough symptoms.
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Lysine Powder to boost immune support by JamaicaRose from Riverside, CA12/06/2011
I have recently adopted two half grown kittens who both have upper respiratory infection (a condition they may have for the rest of their lives). My vet recommended this powder to help boost their immune strength. I have not given the powder for very long yet, so cannot really attest to it's health giving abilities, but I can say the order came very quickly in the mail. The container comes with a small scoop - making it very handy to measure and add this powder to the cat food.
finally a lysine product my cat will eat by deb from wake forest, nc10/20/2011
well i am so glad zooby ate the food with the lysine on it. i returned Vetri-Science Vetri-Lysine Plus - Soft Chews because my cat would not eat them in any way, shape or form. i bought the lysine capsule for humans and sprinkled on food, no way he would eat that either. we used to mix up the capsules in water and syringe the liquid mixture into his mouth, but that was too hard. it worked but too hard. so now i feel confident zooby will get better with his herpes outbreaks. thanks!
Great for a multi cat home by Charlie10/18/2011
This product was recommended by my cats veterinarian. I have a multi cat household with many special needs cats.
Excellent product by MASScat from Bolton, MA10/28/2011
Viralys is a great product for cats needing an immune system boost. Lysine is a known immune system booster, and unlike the capsules purchased at health food stores, Viralys is very palatable, even to picky cats.
Helps Control Herpes Virus Flareups by Leesee10/30/2011
My male kitty has the herpes virus and when he is under any kind of stress, he will develop corneal ulcers. This product helps him heal faster when he has a flareup and I feel it even reduces the frequency and severity of the flareups when they do occur. I have a local compounding pharmacy mix the powder for me into a palatable liquid, which makes it super easy to administer, and to keep the dosing accurate. He takes it easily and happily, it does not upset his system (he also has IBD) and it helps him weather his herpes flareups. I happily recommend this product.