Protect your horse from herpes with Lysine
Did you know in the event of a herpes exposure, your horse can be protected with a supplemental source of the amino acid L-Lysine?
Herpes virus organisms require arginine to reproduce. L-Lysine acts as a binding agent at the arginine site located on the virus outer wall. If there is enough Lysine in the area where the virus is trying to replicate, the Lysine will attach to it and that viral agent will no longer be able to divide and create two viral particles. This action prevents the initial infection from a herpes exposure as well as prevents outbreaks in those animals who are packing around a latent herpes infection such as Rhinopneumonitis (Rhino).
Since Rhino is caused by the herpes virus, it lives in the horses body and cannot be cured. Outbreaks may also occur during times of high stress to the immune system (i.e. training, hauling, shows, other disease/infections, ulcers etc.). Supplementing the immune system with L-Lysine can be very beneficial to optimal health and performance.
An 11,000-12,000 mg dose (about a tablespoon if you get a super concentrated source of Lysine) is required as a preventative, up to 28,000 mg (about an ounce) should be given when you are actively treating an infection or outbreak or you are trying to prevent a horse who’s been exposed from developing an infection.