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Forgot to ask our vet this morning ... I have 2 cats 6 years

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Forgot to ask our vet this morning ... I have 2 cats 6 years old who are recovering from a herpesvirus ... symptoms presented about 5 days apart. Might they re-infect each other?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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Once infected with the feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) cats remain carriers for life. Initial infection usually occurs within the first weeks of life. In some populations, FHV-1 will be found in nearly 100% of cats. Stressful conditions may exacerbate the virus which then can become clinically apparent - conjunctivitis, sneezing, tracheitis, e.g. To answer your question directly, then, because they're already infected for life, reinfection by exposure to each other is a moot point.

In most cases, treatment is unnecessary because cats usually remiss unaided within 3 weeks. In severe or lasting episodes, the systemic antiviral famcyclovir should be considered. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

ok thanks. They had antibiotic jabs to prevent secondary infection and anti-inflammatories (2nd dose this morning for the cat that has been sicker and not eaten for 3 days), I also had her checked for dehydration. Sounds like we should now just wait it out.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the additional information. Yes, "watchful waiting" is appropriate at this time.

Please continue our conversation if you wish.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.

I'm going to check back with you in a few weeks for an update. Feel free to return to our conversation - even after rating - prior to my contacting you if you wish.

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