December 2009 Issue

Herpesvirus: A Big Threat to Pets

Routine vaccinations are the best way to protect your cat against this infectious agent.

Many cats, at some point in their lives, will contract an upper respiratory disease characterized by persistent sneezing, nasal discharge, conjunctivitis (inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the inner surface of the eyelid), and in some cases keratitis (inflammation of the transparent outer covering of the front of the eyeball). Although a wide range of viral and bacterial agents may be responsible for this disorder, one of the most common perhaps the most common cause is infection with feline herpesvirus (FHV).

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