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Compare Metacam to Previcox to Tramadol

 
 
Metacam (Click for Larger Image)
Metacam
 
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starts at $36.09
Previcox (Click for Larger Image)
Previcox
 
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starts at $20.89
Tramadol (Click for Larger Image)
Tramadol
 
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Reduces Pain and Inflammation associated with Arthritis?
Reduces Fever?
Reduces Joint Stiffness?
Controls Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
Additional Benefits Oral suspension comes with graduated syringe for accuracy Can also be given to dogs 2 hours before surgery Post surgery Pain Reliever
What Makes it Different? Comes in an oral suspension for easy administration Comes in a flavored chewable tablet for easy administration
Recommended for? Dogs (Over 6 months of age) Dogs (7 weeks of age or older) Dogs & Cats
Product Type Oral Suspension Chewable Tablet Tablet
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How Long Does it Take to Work? Within Hours of Dose Within Hours of Dose Within Hours of Dose
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Ingredients Meloxicam and Sodium Benzoate Firocoxib Tramadol HCl
Does it have long-term side effects? GI abnormalities (vomiting, soft stools, diarrhea, and inappetance) were the most common adverse reactions associated with the administration of meloxicam. In rare situations, death has been reported as an outcome of the adverse events listed above. Renal failure has been reported as an outcome of repeated oral dosing of cats. The vast majority of patients with drug related adverse reactions have recovered when the signs are recognized, the drug is withdrawn, and veterinary care, if appropriate, is initiated. Owners should be advised of the importance of periodic follow up for all dogs during administration of any NSAID. No known
Cautions Contact the veterinarian if the pet has bloody, black or tarry stools, blood in vomit, or swelling or rapid weight gain due to fluid retention. Do not us on cats. Do Not Give To Cats Tell your veterinarian if you give any medicines to your pet, as there are some potential adverse interactions.
What are Customers saying Pros We moved and have a new vet who I asked if she had any ideas for improvement. Within two weeks of her being on Metacam, her whole life has changed. She, by her expression, feels SO much better, tries to bounce along -- still can't walk well -- and is barking and playing like she hasn't in five years!!!! We have a new dog! Our 11 year old Beagle was born with a left shoulder, joint deformity. AS she advanced in years, difficulity in walking resulted. Previcox restored normal joint movement and walking in two days. This is a wonderful medication for our Lab, it keeps him pain free & helps him get up & down much easier¿
What Customers saying Cons ...may cause kidney failure. After one day of taking it he started vomiting and had severe diarrhea... ..Yes, it has helped the pain BUT he is really drowsy¿
Vet Recommendations Metacam is a very effective nonsteroidal anti inflammatory medication that has proven very effective in dogs.  I have found it especially useful in very smaller dogs, where it is quite helpful in managing arthritis and pain, as well as helpful in reducing fevers as well. The only occasional side effects I have seen with this product is digestive upset, as well as even rare liver or kidney complications.  I give this product an overall ranking of a 4.5 out of 5. Previcox is another effective prescription nonsteroidal anti inflammatory medication that has found favor among many veterinarians in recent years.  Supposedly more friendly on the liver and kidneys than some of the other non steroidal anti inflammatory medications it is especially helpful in managing arthritis and pain in middle age and older dogs.  I have only rarely seen digestive tract reactions when using this product.  I give this an overall ranking of a 4 out of 5. Tramadol product review: One of the biggest growing areas in veterinary medicine in recent years has been the increased awareness and treatment of both acute and chronic pain in dogs and cats. Even many veterinary state practice acts now consider pain management a routine component of most surgical procedures in dogs and cast. As with many conditions in veterinary medicine, many of the drugs we often use for chronic pain are actually based on their use in human medicine for similar conditions. That is how we started using tramadol for helping relieve acute and chronic pain in dogs and cats. While many of the other commonly prescribed pain medications of the nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drug class are quite expensive, tramadol is one of the most economic drugs on the market, and it truly has been a godsend to many veterinarians in helping manage both acute and chronic pain for a variety of medical conditions from chronic arthritis and spinal problems, to acute issues like post operative pain management and even acute pancreatitis, urinary inflammation and other acute painful conditions in our dogs and cats. This drug is also typically very safe to use when giving other medications or supplements for pain such as the nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs, cortisone and nutritional joint supplements. The only occasional side effects I have seen are some wobbliness/sedation seen in some sensitive pets, occasional constipation or digestive upset, and it should not be used in those pets with current or historical liver inflammation issues. However most vets, including myself, have found this prescription drug quite effective for pain management either as a primary drug or add on. The single size of 50 mg non-scored tablets can be an occasional problem when dosing smaller animals, but with the development of compounding tablets into liquids, this obstacle can often be overcome. I give Tramadol an overall rating of a 5 with an ease of use a 5 as well.
 
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