Species affected: Cats
Background: Chronic, recurrent and potentially severe damage of the corneal tissue of cats caused by a herpes virus.
Symptoms: Pain, photophobia, excessive tearing and discharge as well as ulceration of the cornea.
Diagnostics: Ocular examination, fluorescein stain.
Special Notes: The herpes virus may also affect other tissues of the body. It is considered a lifetime infection and, in general, will only become established in animals with a weakened immune system.
Principles for Supplementation: Strengthening the immune system is the most important aspect of treating this condition.