Metacam is a prescription medication, and must not be taken unless approved by a vet. The active ingredient in Metacam is Meloxicam and is used for the alleviation of inflammation and pain in both acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders in dogs. When buying Metacam, you need to have a valid prescription from a registered veterinarian, which can be uploaded on our site, emailed or faxed to us.
USES OF METACAM IN DOGS
Meloxicam (also known as Metacam) is a medication that is prescribed by Veterinarians. The most common use of Meloxicam in pets is for inflammation, pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis. It is also used to treat the symptoms of other muscle and bone disorders and in cases where there is pain after surgery or injury.
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METACAM: HOW LONG SHOULD MY DOG TAKE METACAM
Metacam can be administered for chronic conditions over long periods of time as well as short-term symptoms. Your Veterinarian will be able to assess and recommend the best amount of time your pet takes Metacam for and may ask to re-evaluate after some time to see if your pet will need treatment for longer.
In cases of osteoarthritis, your pet will likely have to live with this condition for the rest of their life. You can feel comfortable knowing that Metacam is a safe and effective medication that has treated this condition in dogs for over 20 years!
METACAM: WHAT IS MELOXICAM?
Meloxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Brand names of Meloxicam include Metacam® Loxicom®, OroCAM®, Rheumocam. It relieves pain, inflammation and fever in dogs and cats. Its most common uses are for pets with osteoarthritis or those suffering with pain after surgery or recent injury.
Best of all, Meloxicam can be given once daily to provide a full 24 hours of relief!
METCAM: HOW DOES METACAM WORK?
Metacam targets and relieves pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis. In doing so, your pet will experience a more improved level of mobility and will be able to return to many of the activities that they previously enjoyed.
HOW DO I GIVE MY PET MELOXICAM? – ADMINISTRATION OF MELOXICAM
Metacam is available as an oral liquid, oral spray, injection or as a chewable tablet for dogs. For cats, it is available as an oral liquid or injection. Your Vet may prescribe any of the above options depending on your pet and their circumstances.
The medication will begin to work against pain, inflammation and fever quickly and effectively.
METACAM: DOSAGE OF MELOXICAM FOR DOGS
It is very important to stick to the dosage as prescribed by your Veterinarian. Overdoses could result in issues such as vomiting, dizziness, fainting, headache, seizures, cardiac arrest, slowed breathing or other serious side effects.
The usual strength of Meloxicam is 7.5mg per tablet, which your Veterinarian will be able to guide you on how to use depending on your dog’s weight. Similarly, oral liquid can also be measured by your dog’s weight under your Veterinarian’s guidance.
In some cases, your Veterinarian may adjust the dosage based on your pet’s response to the medication to ensure the correct dosage is being given for the best results.
Injectable Meloxicam will only ever be administered by your Vet or their staff, and is not available for the public to administer to their pets.
METACAM: WHAT IS THE DRUG METACAM USED FOR?
Metacam is used for treating symptoms related to osteoarthritis, such as pain and inflammation. It may also be used for treating these symptoms in pets that have undergone surgery or have experienced an injury. It typically works within 1-2 hours of being administered.
METACAM: WHAT IF I MISS GIVING MY PET THE MEDICATION?
If you miss giving your pet a dose of meloxicam, then we recommend giving them the next dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is closer than 12 hours before the next scheduled dose then we recommend to:
- Skip the dose that you’ve missed and give them the next scheduled dose. You can then continue with the original schedule.
- Give the missed dose and then wait the recommended time before giving the next dose, altering the schedule.
It is strongly recommended that you do not give your pet two doses at the same time or give them extra doses. In cases of confusion, please contact your Veterinarian.
METACAM: ARE THERE ANY POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS?
For dogs, the most common side effect of meloxicam is gastrointestinal upset, vomiting, soft stools and loss of appetite.
It is very rare that more serious side effects can happen. However, if you notice that there are changes in their urination or their skin is yellowing then stop the medication and contact your Veterinarian immediately.
For cats, we recommend some caution. Cats that have gone undiagnosed for kidney conditions can suffer kidney damage from meloxicam. Your Veterinarian will be able to discuss the pros and cons of using meloxicam for your cat. They will be able to evaluate your cat’s health with blood work and urinalysis to check your cat’s kidney function before administration. Like dogs, gastrointestinal upset, vomiting, soft stools and loss of appetite can also occur.
METACAM: METACAM ORAL SUSPENSION IS AN IDEAL CHOICE FOR BIGGER DOGS WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS.
Metacam helps treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis in bigger dogs by giving them a better quality of life without pain and inflammation. In these cases, these dogs are able to return to most activities they previously enjoyed. Under the guidance of your Veterinarian you will be able to administer the correct dose for their size and weight.
METACAM: ARE THERE ANY RISK FACTORS FOR THIS MEDICATION?
Like all medications there is a degree of risk when administering it to your pet.
Meloxicam should not be used in:
- pets with bloody stools or vomit
- pets that have pre-existing kidney or liver conditions
- pets that have loss of appetite
- pets that are taking other NSAIDs or corticosteroids
- pets that are dehydrated
- breeding, pregnant, lactating animals
- puppies younger than 6 months of age, or in kittens under 4 months of age
And should be used with caution in
- cats with kidney issues.
- pets that have ulcers or have had them in the past
- pets that have pre-existing heart conditions
- pets that are old, weak, or frail
- pets that have a bleeding disorder
METACAM: ARE THERE ANY DRUG INTERACTIONS I SHOULD BE AWARE OF?
Caution should be used when using meloxicam in conjunction with other drugs, including certain antibiotics, anaesthetics, anticoagulants, diuretics, antifungals, immunosuppressive drugs and especially corticosteroids and other NSAIDs.
It is always important to tell your Veterinarian of any medications that your pet is taking, including supplements, vitamins and herbal therapies.
METACAM: IS THERE ANY MONITORING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE WITH THIS MEDICATION?
If your pet is regularly taking meloxicam, your Veterinarian will want to perform annual blood tests before and during regular administration. They will also want to monitor liver and kidney function and check for any signs of gastrointestinal ulceration. It is common for a Veterinarian to require annual tests to see if there are any serious effects on organ function during the use of this medication.
METACAM: HOW DO I STORE MELOXICAM?
The recommended way to store meloxicam is at room temperature. Always check that the medication is in date and do not use if expired.
METACAM: WHAT SHOULD I DO IN CASE OF EMERGENCY?
If you suspect that your pet has overdosed on this medication then please contact your Veterinarian or Vet emergency service immediately.
METACAM: CAN METACAM BE USED IN VERY SMALL DOGS?
Even small dogs suffer with osteoarthritis and the symptoms associated with it. In these cases, Metacam has developed a special low concentration oral suspension just for small dogs. Please talk to your Veterinarian about use of Metacam oral suspension for your small dog. They will take into account your dog’s size and weight before recommending the correct dosage.
METACAM: IS METACAM USED THE SAME WAY IN CATS AS IT IS IN DOGS?
Metacam is not used in the same way for cats as it is for dogs. In dogs, it is designed to be used to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis. In cats, it is designed for use as a single injection before certain surgeries (such as a spay, neuter or orthopedic surgeries) to make your cat more comfortable during recovery.
METACAM: IS METACAM SAFE FOR CATS?
Metacam is safe for use in cats when administered as an injection prior to surgery. In a 3-day study, Metacam was found to be tolerated well with no side effects when administered up to 5 times the recommended dose. Please note: Metacam Oral Suspension is not approved for use in cats.
METACAM: WHAT MORE CAN I DO TO HELP MANAGE MY DOG’S PAIN?
Metacam is one step in a multi-step approach to managing your dog’s arthritic pain. Your Veterinarian may also suggest weight loss and an exercise regimen that will be beneficial to your dog. Massage and physical therapy have also shown to work wonders for dogs suffering with this condition and we highly recommend always providing them with soft and comfortable bedding to sleep in. Making your home friendly to an arthritic dog also includes putting mats down so they don’t slide on floors, raising their food and water bowls and providing them with ramps onto furniture and bedding.
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