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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-28-2005, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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How long can I give lysine?

I was just hoping someone could advise me as to how long I can safely give a large dose of l-lysine. I'm giving 1000 mg a day to a 12 lb. cat.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-01-2005, 12:57 PM
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Too much

I think 1000 is too much. I wouldn't give more than 500 a day. It's too rough on their intestinal tract. The Lysine should clear up symptoms relatively fast if it's herpes symptoms you're trying to control with the Lysine.
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May I ask what you are basing 500 mg on, please? Just wondering what the correct dose is. I've read all the way up to 1500 mg. But I don't know for how long. Vet I asked today wasn't too familiar with lysine therapy and though a week would be the recommended limit. What does the lysine do in the intestinal tract?
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Ok....I missed this story. Got a link to the original thread about Lysine?
I am curious as I have no clue what this would be for.
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Advice from vet

My vet eye specialist gave me those dosing instructions, 500 mg. given in two doses to an adult cat and 250 in 2 given in two doses. So that's 500 total for an adult and 250 for a young cat or kitten.

They can get severe loose stool from the Lysine. It's not a bad idea to give them some plain yogart during the time they are taking the Lysine to help their stomach flora.
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oh, OK, if that's the trouble lysine can cause, then it's under control. closely monitored daily and also a dab of yogurt given daily.

Dawn, the lysine suppresses the herpes virus when it flares up. Rocket has been having a little conjunctivitis the last week or so, and I've been giving him lysine. Took him to the vet today, and she agreed it was most likely herpes, but also gave me a topical antibiotic to put in his eye in case of chlamydia.
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Hmmmmmm...
Wow. I didn't know cats could get herpes and chlamidia?
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Willard Water.....heheheeee
Run along and get some Tim.

I will always remember to get Willard Water if my cats gets gummy eyes!
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I have some Willard water. I don't really think it did much. And a $10 bottle doesn't last too long. Some people think it's great, though.

Hey Willard.......How long until I get my birthday announced??

oops....wrong Willard.
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