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My kitten has FHV

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Hi guys,

I brought my sphynx kitten from a Man in Dagenham in England and he had a cloudy eye, I had spoken to the vet where he had just given a vaccination to my little man the same day. The vet told me it was cloudy due to an ulcer through most likely playing/impact and that it would heal in a week or two...

Anyway when I took him home I noticed he sneezes sometimes not a great deal maybe once a day? And he gets a runny eye randomly through the day. When we took him to our vets for his second vaccinations he noticed fed cloudiness in his other eye and told me he had FHV cat herpes :( my poor little man! I love him all the same. He recommended that Lysin might help although it’s not proven too and told me human herpes medication can help.. how am I supposed to get hold of that! Anyway does anyone have any experience with this?
 

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Can the vet not prescribe the medication?


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So sorry to hear about Merlin's health issues! Just wondering what tests the vet did? How did he diagnose the FHV?
 

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@Helenecarter ,I went thru an eye issue with my boy .. The specialist said it could be from herpes or a scratch .
Specialist recommended putting my money towards treatment because there could be false positive results with tests .

He was prescribed Oflaxacin at my vet . Specialist prescribed idoxurine drops along with i vet drops . He healed completely with the idoxurine and has not had any other eye issues

Sending positive healing vibes
Following closely for updates

Highly recommend asking your vet about idoxurine drops and Oflaxcin to see if these would be beneficial for Merlin
Idoxuridine Ophthalmic for Cats

My boys eye is completely back to normal with the idoxurine . It was lookimg pretty rough at the time . The idoxurine was incredible for him
Included s pic of the idrops he got along with the idoxurine
 

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So sorry to hear about Merlin's health issues! Just wondering what tests the vet did? How did he diagnose the FHV?
He looked at both his cloudy eyes and tested if he could see and looked at his eye discharge and listened to his breathing. He knew straight of the bat what he had because of his breed and all his symptoms.
 

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@Helenecarter I find it quite odd that any vet would make a diagnosis with such certainty without actually doing any blood work or swabs. I could see how he might speculate, or tell you that it might be FHV, but to say it definitely is..? He could of course be right, or as @Yoda mom says, sometimes tests give false positives or negatives, and treating the symptoms would be my priority too. However, my boy had very similar symptoms and tested positive for Mycoplasma, which can often be treated quite successfully with Doxycycline antibiotics.

As well, I find it strange that he didn't give you anything to actually treat the eye issues?! Again, very good advice from @Yoda mom. Personally I would get a second opinion - my first vet clinic was hopeless (Vets4Pets), and I didn't feel confident until I tried my 3rd and final clinic.
 

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@Helenecarter I find it quite odd that any vet would make a diagnosis with such certainty without actually doing any blood work or swabs. I could see how he might speculate, or tell you that it might be FHV, but to say it definitely is..? He could of course be right, or as @Yoda mom says, sometimes tests give false positives or negatives, and treating the symptoms would be my priority too. However, my boy had very similar symptoms and tested positive for Mycoplasma, which can often be treated quite successfully with Doxycycline antibiotics.

As well, I find it strange that he didn't give you anything to actually treat the eye issues?! Again, very good advice from @Yoda mom. Personally I would get a second opinion - my first vet clinic was hopeless (Vets4Pets), and I didn't feel confident until I tried my 3rd and final clinic.
Mine was Vets4pets also!
 

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@Helenecarter I find it quite odd that any vet would make a diagnosis with such certainty without actually doing any blood work or swabs. I could see how he might speculate, or tell you that it might be FHV, but to say it definitely is..? He could of course be right, or as @Yoda mom says, sometimes tests give false positives or negatives, and treating the symptoms would be my priority too. However, my boy had very similar symptoms and tested positive for Mycoplasma, which can often be treated quite successfully with Doxycycline antibiotics.

As well, I find it strange that he didn't give you anything to actually treat the eye issues?! Again, very good advice from @Yoda mom. Personally I would get a second opinion - my first vet clinic was hopeless (Vets4Pets), and I didn't feel confident until I tried my 3rd and final clinic.
It’s funny it’s the same vet chain! I shall look at changing Vet’s. I can’t thank this website enough it helps me to be able to talk to people for advice
 

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@Helenecarter Hmm, I can't say that I'm surprised sadly - I can honestly say that I don't know if my boy would still be alive if we'd stayed with that vet! He was seriously ill just over a month back, and if I'd had to take him to Vets4Pets then, I really don't know if he would have made it. We had reason to visit them several times over the first few months, and every time it was a different vet saying something different to the one before. A colleague of mine at work is going through the very same thing now, saying she's going to find a new vet after her experiences with them. Just trust your gut feeling, because having that peace of mind when your little one is unwell, is priceless! :)
 

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@Helenecarter Hmm, I can't say that I'm surprised sadly - I can honestly say that I don't know if my boy would still be alive if we'd stayed with that vet! He was seriously ill just over a month back, and if I'd had to take him to Vets4Pets then, I really don't know if he would have made it. We had reason to visit them several times over the first few months, and every time it was a different vet saying something different to the one before. A colleague of mine at work is going through the very same thing now, saying she's going to find a new vet after her experiences with them. Just trust your gut feeling, because having that peace of mind when your little one is unwell, is priceless! :)
i went back to the vets and saw a different vet.. this vet loved him and showed more interest in him he checked and said he doesn’t have any ulcers but he might of a while ago and gave me these eye drops. He told me if his cloudy eye doesn’t show improvement in 10 days when I next see him he will refer me to a specialised. He told me he is not worried at present but he will find out what it is but he doesn’t think it feline herpes. I feel much happier with this vet :)
 

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That's sounds good! So pleased you feel better with this vet so you can build that relationship and trust. It does help when you sense that they genuinely care and are enthusiastic.
 

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@Helenecarter soo happy you found a vet you trust and have a good working relationship with - it makes a world of difference
Great mews the vet doesn't think it's Feline herpes!
Positive vibes amd healing prayers sent !
I took my boy to an eye specialist , got different meds and cleared up completely
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Hiya! I went to see a specialist £350 later! He’s tried him on virgan eye gel 5 times a day for the next couple of weeks to see if his eye cloudiness goes. If it doesn’t we will just have to keep his immune system up! We see the specialist for a check up again in feb.
 

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He also told me we will never know if he has herpes as the tests aren’t great and can give of wrong results.
 
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