Meloxicam for dogs, or Metacam, which is the name used for this medicine in veterinary use, is an NSAID or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication. Metacam is used in dogs to reduce the pain and inflammation of joint diseases and muscle injuries. It also aids in reducing fever. In cats, the injectable form of Metacam is used for the control of post-surgical pain. Metacam is available as an injectable product, or as a liquid that is administered by mouth. In liquid form, it is available in 10mls, 32mls, 100mls, and 180ml bottles. Regular daily dosages are administered to animals based on their body weight.
Your pet will need certain laboratory tests prior to and during treatment. Always follow the dosage information provided by the prescribing veterinarian. Shake the oral suspension well before using, and be sure to use a syringe provided by the manufacturer to measure the correct dose. To prevent accidental overdosing of small dogs, always measure the drops of liquid onto food, and never directly into the mouth. The most common side effect of this medication is an upset stomach. Some animals may develop stomach ulcers which can result in loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and bloody or tarry stools.
Side effects which affect the kidney can result in an increase in thirst and urination. Side effects in the liver can include yellowing of the skin or eyes. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you see any of these signs. Metacam is not recommended for use in animals less than six weeks of age, and it should not be used in pregnant or nursing animals. Metacam should not be used with any other NSAID’s and it should be used with caution in animals with liver, heart, or kidney disease. During the initial consultation, make sure your veterinarian is aware of any other medications or supplements your pet is taking.
In most cases, if an animal does experience negative physical effects from Metacam use, these will most likely subside and disappear within 2-3 weeks after completely stopping the medicine. There have also been cases when an animal’s condition will continue to grow worse. Keep a close eye on your animal’s physical condition at all times and report any and all changes to your veterinarian on a regular basis.