Metacam (meloxicam) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID)
oral suspension for use for the treatment of pain and inflammation
in dogs. It is available as 10 ml, 32 ml or 100 ml dropper bottles.
It should not be used in the last third of pregnancy and should
not be used in nursing animals. Do not use in animals with heart,
kidney or liver disease. The usual dose is 0.1 mg / lb as a single
dose on the first day then 0.05 mg / lb given once every 24 hours
What is this medication used for
Meloxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for
use in dogs. It is indicated for the treatment of pain and inflammation
as a result of acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders such
as disco-spondylosis, arthropathy and soft tissue injuries
Meloxicam is a prescription medication available as a plastic squeeze
dropper bottle with a measuring syringe included in the package.
How this medication should be used
Shake well before use. The usual dose of meloxicam in dogs is 0.1mg/lb
as a single initial dose. Treatment should be continued by giving
0.05mg/lb once a day as a maintenance dose. The medication can be
given using the drop dispensing container or by using the included
dose syringe that attaches to the bottle. Kidney and liver function
should be monitored during treatment.
What are the side effects
Side effects include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dark
or tarry stools and drowsiness Symptoms of an allergic reaction
to this medication can include facial swelling, hives and rash.
What special precautions are there
This medication should not be used in animals allergic to meloxicam
or other NSAIDS. It should not be used in animals with bleeding
problems such as stomach ulcers and Von Willebrand�s disease. It
should not be used in dogs with heart, kidney or liver disease.
It should not be used in pregnant or lactating bitches in the last
third of pregnancy. It should not be used in dogs that are dehydrated.
It should not be used in dogs with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
or those who are taking diuretics. This medication should not be
given with other NSAIDS such as aspirin, etodolac or Rimadyl nor
should it be given with corticosteroids such as prednisone. Give
this medication with food. Always tell your veterinarian and pharmacist
what other medications your pet is taking.
In the event of overdose
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms
of overdose may include vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the stool,
increased thirst and urination, incoordination, seizures or behavioral
How should I store this medication
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed.
Store this medication at room temperature, away from excess heat,
light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any
medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep out of the
reach of children and pets.
This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is
intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise
and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information
is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should
always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning
the treatment of your pet.
The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions,
precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or
adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use
of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your
pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not
replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.
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