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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.

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.

Brand Name:

Metacam (Boehringer Ingelheim)

Generic Name:

Meloxicam (me-lock'-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 NSAID's 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 your pet.

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.

How to Use
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:
Dogs/Puppies: (over the age of 6 months)
Weight
Dosage
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)
Weight
Dosage
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:
Do not use!
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

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

Ingredients
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
Customer Reviews
Metacam is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 270.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made my dog act like a puppy again! My dog was placed on Metacam for arthritis. She is a 12 yr old Min Pin. She has been having bouts of pain and trouble walking for the last year. Multiple visits to Vet ER had gave little relief. My Vet suggested Metacam and in 3 days she was running and jumping again. Everyday is different. Some days are still hard on her but not as bad. I am really happy with the results so far. I hope when I take her for her 3 month blood work that it hasn't affected her kidneys or liver too much. I was advised to give pepcid 10mg with it everyday to protect her stomach from ulcers or bleeding.
Date published: 2016-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Miracle Product Metacam is an NSAID and is exceptionally effective to reduce debilitating pain in your pet due to lower back issues and arthritis. When used properly, this medication will significantly improve your pet's quality of life and thus, the pets lifespan.
Date published: 2016-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My 11 yo Kuvasz is happy! Our Vet recommended this and is its awesome to see her run around with our 3 yo Rott. Icy is beautiful and she is young at heart (she doesn't know she's old for her age) I want her to be happy, agile and comfortable. This is her best friend, Indy-doby. Buy the biggest one though, if your dog is in his/her late years, huge savings! Thanks 1800petmets
Date published: 2015-09-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Recommended by Rick's vet who did a blood test after over 1 year and Ricki is still in range with liver enzymes. Doing fine.
Date published: 2015-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Limber Lab Liberty is a 14 year old Labrador retriever who has been suffering from joint pain in her hips for several years. Metacam has enabled her to move around like she used to. She once again thinks she is a jack Russell! Great product!
Date published: 2015-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helps Nick keep moving! Nick is our 14 yr old senior Yorkie who we adopted 3 yrs ago from Happy Tales Humane. He has several issues such as incontinence, severe cataracts, and arthritis. From what we have been told, he was outside a lot and kenneled when indoors... not a lot of love going on:( We are doing all we can to make his senior years healthy and happy... and using Metacam daily is part of that.. We also give him glucosimine tablets daily and use several essential oils on him to help ease his stiffness and discomfort. He also eats a very healthy diet, no grains, no gluten! Nick is a sweet boy and we wish he had been part of our family earlier:)
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Metacam works womderful My dog takes Metacam for her leg pain. She is a 7 year old Box. Metacam works wonderful. She loves the taste of it. I don't have to put it in her food. she just licks up right up. I highly recommend this for your pet. Before metacam she didn't want to play and her keg was swelling and stiff with a lot of pain. Now she takes Metacam. she runs and plays she love to swim in the pool. she is a must happier dog. The swelling is down and the pain is gone.
Date published: 2015-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product has really helped our bunny! Our senior bunny has gradually been having mobility issues. Our veterinarian recommended Metacam to help him move around with less pain. We notice a definite improvement and will continue to use the product :-)
Date published: 2015-06-23
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Q&A

my dog is on Metacam 1.5 mg/ml and net contents 32 ml what is the cost and is there a larger bottle

Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, larger sizes are available at lower cost per unit.
Answered by: Fullerton Mike
Date published: 2016-04-26

How long after dose should I see results

Asked by: Joe
Depending on your pet's ailments and severity, the average application will show noted improvement within 24-48 hours. Be consistent with dosage each day, even after you see improvements. Do not stop the application unless directed by your Veterinarian.
Answered by: Fullerton Mike
Date published: 2016-01-16

DOES IT HAVE A FOOD PRODUCT IN IT FOR FLAVORING?

Asked by: WINDY
No, just mix it with wet or dry food, they will never know the difference.
Answered by: Fullerton Mike
Date published: 2016-01-16

What is the difference between the 0.5mg and the .5 mg doeses

Asked by: Anonymous
The difference is the concentration of active ingredient per volume of liquid. The 1.5mg/ml is 3 times as concentrated as the 0.5mg/ml. This enables more accurate dosing depending upon the weight of the animal. A smaller volume of the 1.5mg/ml is easier to give a large dog while the 0.5mg/ml is easier to use on a small dog.
Answered by: SuzyCVT
Date published: 2016-01-27

Metacam

I currently give my dog the Metacam suspension 0.5 mg/ml you have Metacam 1.5 mg/ml Oral Suspension 32 ml what is the difference in the bottle with 0.5 mg/ml and the bottle with 1.5 mg/ml
Asked by: RHV
The more concentrated version allows you to use a smaller amount so that your medication last longer. PetMeds will indicate the amount of med- ication appropriate for your dog (by weight) no matter what concentration you use. I use the 32 ml bottle because I feel it is the best price for the size and fits in my budget...also, the shipping is free.
Answered by: poodlesrule
Date published: 2015-04-12

My dog won't swallow the liquid Metacam

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.
Asked by: Barb
My dog is very fussy and can quickly detect when I am trying to give her medication. What worked for me was to place the liquid Metacam on 3 very small pieces of bread which absorbs the liquid medication. Next I wrapped a small, thin strip of turkey, chicken, bologna etc. around the bread to hide it and I usually had no problem with her eating the meat/bread roll.
Answered by: Ginger
Date published: 2014-11-17

meloxicam 0.5mg/ml

Can I buy this without a local prescription? Thank you, Anda
Asked by: Ann
no, It's a drug that can cause liver and kidney damage, and is pretty strong so a vet needs to prescribe it to your pet if it is necessary.
Answered by: Kujo Mama
Date published: 2014-11-14

What happened to the spray? It seemed to work much better. Will it come back on the market?

Asked by: Jan
Meloxicam spray is available as the brand OroCAM. We do not carry this product but it may be available via other veterinary pharmacies.
Answered by: Lilli Pharmacist
Date published: 2014-08-25
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