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The Squinting Cat: Herpes Until Proven Otherwise

Feline Herpes Virus─1 is the most common cause of ocular disease in cats. The basic pathogenesis and various clinical syndromes of FHV-1 will be presented, including conjunctivitis, corneal ulceration, corneal sequestra, and eosinophilic keratoconjunctivitis. A variety of treatment options for FHV-1 will be discussed with special focus given to the newer anti-viral medications.


  • Recognize the various ophthalmic manifestations of FHV
  • Understand the appropriate diagnostic testing for cats with FHV
  • Be able to formulate a proper treatment plan and follow-up recommendations for cats with FHV associated eye diseases


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Shelby Reinstein, DVM, DACVO

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Shelby Reinstein is a board-certified ophthalmologist residing in the beautiful area of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Dr. Reinstein obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science degrees from Kansas State University and completed her fellowship and residency in Ophthalmology at PennVet. Dr. Reinstein spent seven years in clinical practice at a large, multi-specialty hospital, where she provided care to thousands of pets and performed hundreds of vision-saving surgeries. Dr. Reinstein has a passion for continuing education and recently published the Guide to Clinical Ophthalmology, a handbook for general practitioners. She writes articles for Clinician’s Brief and Today’s Veterinary Practice, and is the ophthalmology consultant for the leading online CE company, VETgirl.