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What does the discharge from the eyes look like?
Any redness associated with eyes?
Thanks for the information. That eye discharge and previous upper respiratory infections are all connected. It is usually caused by a herpes virus. Just like in humans, it never leaves the system but just goes dormant. As their immune system is stress, which is more common as they age, the virus can come out of dormancy more often. That sounds like what is happening here. There are a couple things you can try. 500mg of L-lysine twice daily may help to stimulate the immune system to keep the virus in check. You can also talk to your vet about prescribing an eye ointment to keep in the eye for outbreaks. It wouldn't hurt for your vet to check routine blood work on him if not done recently to see if there are any illnesses that may weaken the immune system. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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Hello. I was just following up to see how Joe is doing and to see if you have any other questions.