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What is Meloxicam?

Meloxicam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) prescription medication used to reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness as a result of acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis. Meloxicam requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold per tablet.

For:

Dogs

Benefits:
  • Helps to reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness
  • Easy-to-administer tablets
  • Sold per tablet
How it Works:

Meloxicam works by reducing hormones that cause pain and inflammation in the body.

Cautions:

Tell your veterinarian if your dog has: an allergy to aspirin or any other NSAID; an ulcer or bleeding in the stomach; liver, or kidney disease; congestive heart failure; fluid retention; bleeding disorders; heart disease or high blood pressure. Tell your veterinarian if your dog is pregnant or lactating.

Brand Name:

Mobic (Boehringer Ingelheim)

Generic Name:

meloxicam

What is the most important information I should know about Meloxicam:

Meloxicam is a prescription medication that is not FDA approved for veterinary use. However, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use Meloxicam in dogs. Meloxicam is available as 7.5 mg tablets. The usual dose in dogs is 0.1mg per pound as an initial dose the first day, followed by 0.05mg per pound once a day thereafter. Contact the veterinarian if the pet has bloody, black or tarry stools, blood in vomit, swelling or rapid weight gain due to fluid retention, unusual fatigue or weakness, yellowing of the eyes, excessive itching, abdominal pain or tenderness as these symptoms could indicate serious side effects.

Warning: Repeated use of meloxicam in cats has been associated with acute renal failure and death. Do not administer additional doses of injectable or oral meloxicam to cats.

Before giving your pet any prescription or over the counter medications check with your veterinarian or pharmacist.

What is Meloxicam:

Meloxicam is a nonsteroidal ant-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Meloxicam works by reducing hormones that cause pain and inflammation in the body. Meloxicam is used to reduce pain, inflammation and stiffness as a result of acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis. Meloxicam may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Meloxicam to my pet:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has: an allergy to aspirin or any other NSAID; an ulcer or bleeding in the stomach; liver, or kidney disease; congestive heart failure; fluid retention; bleeding disorders; heart disease or high blood pressure. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.

How should this medication be given:

Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Meloxicam may be given with or without food. Keep plenty of water available for your pet. Store Meloxicam at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.

What happens if I miss giving a dose:

Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and give the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What happens if I overdose the pet:

Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of Meloxicam overdose include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of consciousness, drowsiness, headache, cardiac arrest, stomach pain, seizures, little or no urine production, and slow breathing.  

What should I avoid while giving Meloxicam to my pet:

Many over the counter cough, cold, allergy and pain medicines contain aspirin or other NSAID's similar to Meloxicam. Before giving your pet any prescription or over the counter medications talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist.

What are the possible side effects of Meloxicam:

Contact your veterinarian if your pet has bloody, black or tarry stools, blood in vomit, swelling or rapid weight gain due to fluid retention, unusual fatigue or weakness, yellowing of the eyes, excessive itching, abdominal pain or tenderness as these symptoms could indicate serious side effects. If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Meloxicam and seek emergency veterinary medical attention: an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips; tongue or face; hives); muscle cramps; open sores in the mouth; seizures; abdominal cramping. Other less serious side effects may occur. Continue giving Meloxicam and talk to your veterinarian if your pet experiences headache, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, or constipation, depression, fatigue or weakness, dry mouth. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet.

What other drugs will affect Meloxicam:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given aspirin; another NSAID such as etodolac, carprofen or piroxicam; an over the counter cough, cold, allergy or pain medication; furosemide; or warfarin. Talk to your veterinarian before giving your pet any prescription or over the counter medicines.

Where can I get more information:

Your pharmacist has additional information about Meloxicam written for health professionals that you may read. Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Warning: Repeated use of meloxicam in cats has been associated with acute renal failure and death. Do not administer additional doses of injectable or oral meloxicam to cats.
  • See below chart for suggested dosage.
Tip:

Contact your veterinarian if your dog has bloody, black or tarry stools, blood in vomit, or swelling or rapid weight gain due to fluid retention.

Dosage:
Dogs/Puppies (Over the age of 6 months):
Weight
Dosage
All weights
The usual dose is 0.1mg per pound for the first day followed by 0.05mg per pound once a day thereafter. Keep plenty of water available for pet to drink.
Cats:
Do not use!
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Should be stored at room temperature. Protect from light, moisture, and heat.

Ingredients
Meloxicam 7.5 mg Tablet:
Active Ingredients
Amount
Meloxicam
7.5 mg
Customer Reviews
Meloxicam is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Taste and Well-Tolerated Our German Shepherd had been on Rimadyl for a couple of years for her arthritis pain, and got more and more resistant to taking it. I tasted it and, like many anti-inflammation drugs, found that it was extremely bitter. We found Meloxicam when researching anti-inflammatory medications that have no taste. We get this as a suspension from a compounding pharmacy (she won't take pills#, and have been giving her 2ml a day for years, and she never minds. #Esp. since we "chase it" with 1/2 Denta Stick, which she loves.) It's been very effective. She's still not 100%, but she's 12 1/2 years old, and had pretty bad arthritis for years, and is doing well, with no stomach upset. We took her off of it for a week due to another issue, and within 3 days started to notice the difference, which proves it works.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so much better i'm a doctor for adult people and i prescribe this drug often for arthritic patients. in simple terms, it's a cheaper version of celebrex for humans ($4 at the big box stores for a month). it's one of the few drugs in this class generally considered relatively safe in dogs. my 12 yo lab/border mix'es mind kept making promises her body couldn't keep. hence a pronounced limp after 5 minutes of frisbee and at times, listlessness. mobic has changed that dramatically and as rescues are prone to do, she's appreciative and best of all, happy again.
Date published: 2014-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AAA+ product My vet prescribed this medication for my 13 year old Lab. She could not do steps anymore and was not walking good at all. Her hips were in bad shape and she has arthritis. She is now on Meloxicam and what a difference! She now can climb the steps and she walks so much better! She actually tries to gallop at times and acts so much happier! Thank you my Vet for this prescription! This has greatly improved her "quality" of life and had granted us more time with our dear Casey!
Date published: 2013-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from works for Molly Our vet prescribed this for Molly. She is a Border Collie with arthritis in her back hips and legs. It works wonders for her. She takes 1/2 tablet each day and we are very well satisfied.
Date published: 2013-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from night to day Meloxicam has worked miracles with my old dog. She couldn't climb stairs, or jump on the couch, her rear legs have arthritis, she's 14. One leg was starting to twist inward, then she went on this med. Honestly, it looks as if her leg has straightened. She even will give a small burst of speed when she's playing. I give it to her in the evening, so she can have a comfortable sleep period. I haven't noticed any negative side effects. She still goes up/down the stairs, with both rear legs hopping, but before, she couldn't take one stair. I give her half a tablet. She's acting like a 10 yo instead of a 14 yo and more so, she seems happy and pain free.
Date published: 2012-12-23
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Q&A

what is the liquid of meloxicam?

I am giving my 12 lb Chihuahua Metacam and it is only lasting me two weeks. At $35 a bottle that is $70 a month. I need something as good but not as expensive. That is why I was looking at Meloxicam as it would be a less expensive alternative. I like the liquid as I can put it into his food and love the weight measurement.
Asked by: Chere
Since your pet is so little, the Meloxicam 7.5 tablets are not a practical option as the dose is 0.6mg per day for a 12 pound dog. It's not possible to accurately get 0.6mg out of a 7.5mg tablet. There are other oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as Deramaxx, Previcox and Rimadyl (has a generic available) that a consultation with your veterinarian could determine to be more cost effective as well as provide a more accurate dose based on your dog's weight.
Answered by: Lilli Pharmacist
Date published: 2016-05-11

what dose would a 15 lb cocker spaniel need?

Asked by: susan
Meloxicam is dosed in dogs at 0.09mg/lb once daily. Therefore, your 15 lb Cocker will need 1.35mg which will be dificult to dose with the tablets. I would recommend you purchase the liquid which comes with a syringe that is marked to give the medication by the dog's weight, making it quite easy for the pet owner. The liquid has a mild honey flavor (yes, I have tasted it) and is readily accepted by most dogs.
Answered by: SuzyCVT
Date published: 2016-05-11

What dose for a 50 pound lab that's 12 yrs. old.

My lab was just put on 1.2 mls. of Metacam. This is rather expensive & I was wondering if Meloxicam would be a good generic product to substitute. If it is not as good or better then I rather not use it. She takes pills well & it looks like 1/3 of a tab would equal the dose she is on by weight. How would we divide the pill in thirds? Our vet started her off with a mild dose & it has made a big difference. She is not on any other meds except for a Glucosomine tab each day.
Asked by: Hana's mom
The recommended dose for a 50 pound dog is 2.5mg per day of meloxicam which is 1/3 of a 7.5mg tablet. It would be tricky to try to get that exact dose. Cutting the tablet in quarters would give 1.88mg which is an underdose but may still be effective. Please consult with your veterinarian.
Answered by: Lilli Pharmacist
Date published: 2015-07-02

can meloxicam be given to cats like metacam?

Asked by: kit
Meloxicam is not FDA approved in cats. It would be best to discuss the best treatment option for your cat with your veterinarian.
Answered by: Kelly P
Date published: 2015-03-24

Can this pill be cut into 4 pieces?

Asked by: Bailey
I don't know - ask the vet. Some pills can't be cut. We get our Melox compounded in solution (I think from PetMed Express); we give her about 3/4 of a droperful every night (the max doseage for her size). Shake it first, and keep it in the fridge. That would work better than trying to get 4 pill pieces down.
Answered by: Emily's "Mom"
Date published: 2014-07-31

is there a time limit for the dog to be taking this medication

Asked by: Anonymous
I think we've been giving this to our dog for at least 6 years. Every night.
Answered by: Emily's "Mom"
Date published: 2014-07-31

How many Meloxicam tablets for a 80 kg Newfounland dog

Asked by: newfie
Please be aware , when this question has been answered previously , they have misread the weight of your dog and based it on 80lb not 80kg. So 80kg equals 176.37lb !
Answered by: Queen bee
Date published: 2014-05-12

Meloxicam and Benadryl

Can you give a dog both Meloxicam and Benedryl (or an antihistamine) at the same time? Or, will the Meloxicam help with dog allergies as well?
Asked by: Lisa J
Meloxicam will not help with allergies. You can give an antihistamine ( like Benedryl) together with the Meloxicam. It is very important that you make sure the antihistamine that you use does not have alcohol or aspirin in the ingredients. Even a generic may say on the front of the package, compare to the ingredients of Benedryl, and will contain alcohol. There are a couple of different kinds of Benedryl. Just check the ingredients and the inactive ingredients on the package and your best friend should be fine.
Answered by: Miss Pia
Date published: 2016-03-16
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