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What is Metacam?

Metacam (meloxicam) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication used to treat pain and inflammation in dogs. It also has other benefits, including fever reduction. Metacam for Dogs requires a prescription from your veterinarian.
Metacam Pain Medication for Dogs
For: Dogs (over the age of 6 months)
 
Benefits:
Effectively treats pain and inflammation
Gives your dog more mobility
Comes with a graduated syringe, with weight measurements, that easily and accurately dispenses the correct amount of oral suspension
Can be administered directly into your dog’s mouth, or mixed in your dog’s food
Palatable taste

How it works:
Metacam works by reducing hormones that cause pain and inflammation in your pet’s body.

Cautions:
While using Metacam, talk to your veterinarian before giving any other prescription or over-the-counter medications to your pet. Metacam should not be used in the last third of pregnancy or with nursing animals. Don’t use in animals with heart, kidney, or liver disease.


More Information:
Brand Name
Metacam (Boehringer Ingelheim)
Generic Name
Meloxicam (me-lockí-see-cam)
What is the most important information I should know about Metacam:
Metacam is a prescription medication that is FDA approved for use in dogs. Metacam is available as 1.5mg/ml suspension in a 10 ml, 32 ml, 100 ml, or 180 ml plastic squeeze dropper bottle with a measuring dose syringe included in the package. Metacam is also available as 0.5mg/ml suspension in a 15 ml dropper bottle with a measuring dose syringe included in the package. The usual dose of Metacam in dogs is 0.1mg per pound as an initial dose the first day, followed by 0.05mg per pound once a day thereafter. Shake well before using Metacam. 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 Metacam:
Metacam is a nonsteroidal ant-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Metacam works by reducing hormones that cause pain and inflammation in the body. Metacam is used to reduce pain, inflammation and stiffness as a result of acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis. Metacam may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Metacam 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; has 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. Metacam may be given with or without food. Keep plenty of water available for your pet. Store Metacam 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 take 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 Metacam 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 Metacam to my pet:
Many over the counter cough, cold, allergy and pain medicines contain aspirin or other NSAIDŅs similar to Metacam. Before taking any prescription or over the counter medications talk to the veterinarian or pharmacist.

What are the possible side effects of Metacam:
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. If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Metacam 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 Metacam 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 the animal.

What other drugs will affect Metacam:
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 Metacam written for health professionals that you may read.

Directions:

Metacam 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.
Metacam is for dogs only. Do not give to cats.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has an allergy to aspirin or any other NSAID, or if your pet is being given any other medication.
Warning: Repeated use of meloxicam (Metacam) in cats has been associated with acute renal failure and death. Do not administer additional doses of injectable or oral meloxicam to cats.
Tip: Shake well before using Metacam. Keep plenty of water available for your pet to drink. 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.
Dosage:
Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs/Puppies: (over the age of 6 months) Under 10 lbs Carefully measure suspension onto food to assure that the correct dose is given before presentation of the food to the dog. To prevent accidental overdosing of small dogs, administer drops on food only, never directly into the mouth.
Dogs/Puppies: (over the age of 6 months) Over 10 lbs Shake well before use. The usual dose is 0.1mg per pound for the first day followed by 0.05mg per pound once a day thereafter. This medication can be either mixed with food or placed directly into the mouth
Cats:
Horses:
Storage: Should be stored at room temperature. Protect from light, moisture, and heat.
Metacam:
Active Ingredients (0.5mg per ml) Amount
Meloxicam 15 mL
Sodium Benzoate 1.5 mg

Metacam:
Active Ingredients (1.5mg per ml) Amount
Meloxicam 10 mL
Sodium Benzoate 1.5 mg

Metacam:
Active Ingredients (1.5mg per ml) Amount
Meloxicam 32 mL
Sodium Benzoate 1.5 mg

Metacam:
Active Ingredients (1.5mg per ml) Amount
Meloxicam 100 mL
Sodium Benzoate 1.5 mg

Metacam:
Active Ingredients (1.5mg per ml) Amount
Meloxicam 180 mL
Sodium Benzoate 1.5 mg
Metacam 4.7 5 241 242
Works great I have been giving this medication to my cat for a year. The first time I gave it to her to relieve pain from arthritis, it was like having a kitten in the house again. By her being 21 years old, and only around 6 pounds I only give her .2 ml. every two to three days as needed. Even with that small amount she does great . I really wished I had known about this medication sooner. 05/17/2011
Casey is doing fabulous!! Our Cocker Spaniel, Casey, who is 16 years old, was in terrible pain from Arthritis in his hips and legs. He was very slow at getting up and could not jump up on the bed or the couch. We found out about Metacam and gave it try. Now, Casey is like a new dog!!! Casey is now playing with toys again, jumping up and down on our bed and couch and acts like a puppy again. We would highly recommend Metacam to anyone who has a dog in pain and is practically lifeless. We give Metacam a definate two thumbs up!!! 03/28/2011
It works! Our basset hound is 11 years old and was in a great deal of pain . Our vet prescribed metacam after surgery and it really helped. We went to our vet for a refill and the cost was prohibitive. So, we turned to Pet Meds, which we've used for years and got the metacam at a reasonable price, free shipping and, of course, a treat is ALWAYS included for our beloved Darcy. We love PetMed! 03/19/2011
Very Effective My Papillon has been doing great on this medication for about 6 mos. now. My main problem is the way it is dispensed. First of all, the bottle is almost impossible to open - even my adult son has problems with it. Secondly, when you pull the syringe to fill, quite often it does not fill completely and if you squeeze the bottle, too much comes out and medication is wasted - and quite frankly, it is to expensive to waste any of it. 03/30/2014
Metacam is wonderful. Our 16 year old cat Shadow was in terrible pain and kept falling down because of arthritis , he could barley get around because his back legs would constantly make him fall down, he used to sit on a table in the front window but could no longer jump up on it, then the vet told us to give Metacam a try, and within a couple weeks he was jumping on his table, and the bed again, and is now playing with his toys again, what a wonderful medicine it has had on his overall health, thank you. 03/04/2014
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Metacam also comes in a 100ml and 180ml bottle, you can check our website or call our customer care department for pricing.
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Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to trick my dog into taking her medicine? I've tried slices of beef or turkey, but she's now wise to this and won't accept it. The dose is too large to fit inside a Pill Pocket. I've tried mixing it with goats milk, but she won't eat that at all. Any ideas?!? She's too smart for her own good.
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It is available in a tablet version also. But first, there are other options for you to try.
How about mixing it with a really savory broth ? You dont have to give the whole dose at once.
Try half the dose mixed in a savory broth or meatball. Then give the rest after getting some success
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The box has a scale by weight and the syringe has a scale on the it also to match the dosage rate. It is given orally.
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The recommended dose for a 65 pound dog is 3.25mg or 2.16ml of the Metacam. The syring provided is dosed based on the weight of the dog.
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The box has a scale amount based on wright and the syringe also has a measurement scale to match the dose rate,
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Th recommended dose for an 85 pound dog is 4.25mg or 2.83ml of the Metacam. The syringe provided is dosed based on the weight of the dog.
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Metacam is FDA approved for use in dogs only however, it is prescribed for off label use in some birds.
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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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