'Loki' Mailey

Month: 
2011-03

Loki is a friendly male cat who was adopted from the SPCA. He arrived at his new home with a history of previous upper respiratory infection and an infected left eye. When Loki was brought in for examination, the tissue lining the eyelid was so swollen and painful it was impossible to examine his eye. Rhinotracheitis Herpes Virus was suspected as the underlying cause of Loki’s eye problem. Herpes virus is very common in cats especially in shelter environments, which can be prevented by vaccination. Symptoms include sneezing, conjunctivitis and lethargy. In some instances the virus can cause damage to the cornea (surface of the eye) and sinuses. Once infected, cats with herpes can have recurrent episodes throughout their life. Fortunately, Loki responded quickly to treatment and is enjoying his “forever” home.