shyloh went to the vet today-negative for leukemia and FIV. she did have a respiratory infection, and her spay incision was infected at the interior layer-external is fine. when asked if shyloh could have herpes, the vet said there was no test for herpes, but that her chronic wheeze was suggestive and the sudden onset of illness the very day of her surgery was 'suggestive' of a herpes flare. ok. kitty is now on antibiotics, and will hopefully improve. i'm just confused. i've heard of cats being diagnosed with the herpes virus-how were they diagnosed without a test? is it a presumptive diagnosis based on repeated infections in response to stress? should we just treat shyloh 'as if' and do whatever can be done for a herpes+ kitty-i've heard of L-lysine. i'd rather not wait until she gets sick over and over to do something, i don't like not knowing-but she said there was no test? it's a virus! shouldn't it show up in bloodwork like any virus? oh-they wouldn't vaccinate yet, btw.