Species affected: Cats
Background: Usually caused by a herpes virus or calicivirus; may be Chlamydia psittaci. This disease can be a first-time acute episode or chronic relapsing disease. It is more common in young cats, especially if they are confined in a cattery or a pound where the highly contagious viruses abound. The symptoms can arise as a portion of the feline leukemia complex.
Symptoms: A sharp fever spike, ocular and nasal discharges, lung sounds, coughing and frequent sneezing, malaise, and dyspnea.
Diagnostics: Physical exam.
Special Notes: Animals whose parents' nutritional and health status are questionable are most likely to become infected. Any animal with a weakened immune system is likely to be susceptible to this viral complex especially when exposed and vulnerable.
Principles for Supplementation: General support of the immune system as well as antiviral herbs.