“My name is Fred Albritton-Yost. At 13, my parents FINALLY found relief for my chronic flare-ups of the feline viruses---like Herpes. I would start sneezing and then have secondary infections and have to go on traditional meds and the cycle would continue. (not to mention the tummy upsets that I would have from the traditional meds.) Now, my mom gives me Notatum and Quentans drops…just mixed into a little food and I am not so congested. Wish they had found this sooner…but, I am a very happy, satisfied customer in North Carolina. I also use the Argentyn spray when needed and it works wonderful.”
Deborah L. Albritton – Fred’s mommy…
Feline Aids, herpes and feline leukemia are just a few examples of the many viruses that can dramatically affect a cat's long-term health. Treatment options in conventional veterinary care tend to focus on the symptoms associated with the virus and can be limited. For example, a cat with chronic upper respiratory infections will be given repeated antibiotic therapy to address the bacterial aspect of the infection, but the virus is still the underlying cause.
Holistic veterinary care can help address and target the virus itself. By strengthening your cat's immune system, you will help your cat respond better to the virus and not just treat the symptoms associated with the feline virus. A twofold approach is needed to help strengthen your cat's immune system: using a hypoallergenic, grain-free diet and giving your cat anti-viral and immune-supportive supplements. Feeding foods that contain potential allergens, chemicals and grains can lead to increased inflammation and act as a trigger for the virus.
Be sure your cat’s diet is free of allergens such as corn, wheat and rice and contains valuable sources of nutrients such as fresh meat and omega 3s. Cats are carnivores and they need protein but be careful as some protein sources such as chicken can be an allergen for many cats. Cats need a high moisture diet so avoid the use of dry kibble and feed a combination of canned and raw frozen foods. Watch the treats you use and make sure they don't contain artificial ingredients, gluten and/or sugary additives.
Anti-viral supplements can help your cat to fight the virus and should result in improvement in your cat’s health overall, not just the symptoms associated with the virus. Over time, as you reduce exposure to chemicals, allergens and sources of inflammation combined with anti-viral supplements, your kitty’s episodes should be less frequent and symptomatic. It is important to note most virus will remain in the body and during times of stress (either physical due to other illnesses or emotional), flareups will occur but by strengthening your cat’s immune system, you can control the extent to which it affects your cat’s overall quality of life.
Symptoms vary depending upon the type of virus but contact your veterinarian if your cat displays any of the following symptoms
- Sneezing, runny nose and eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Weakness, fever
- Nasal discharge