Q: My 5-year-old male Ragdoll developed serious chronic drainage from his right eye about a year ago. After receiving an eye ointment, the situation hasn’t changed. The veterinarian said the problem is caused a chronic incurable virus. What do you know? — C. M., Hayward, WI
A: “The virus you’re speaking about is the herpes virus,” says Chicago feline veterinarian Dr. Colleen Currigan, president American Association of Feline Practitioners. “Herpes viruses will often come and go throughout a cat’s life, and you are right, there’s no magic cure, but you can treat the symptoms.”
If this problem is a new one, perhaps there’s another explanation. Currigan says that it’s possible that your cat may have a blocked tear duct. If that turns out to be the issue, you may want to see a veterinary ophthalmologist.
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