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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 279.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Results I give Max a daily dose of Metacam as prescribed by his vet. It improves his mobility.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Metacam for my Dog My 9 year-old Daisy suffers from arthritis in her rear leg and hip. She is able to be pain free and have a good life without having to have surgery or helped out on low steps.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pain control Our 14 yr old spaniel / Aussie mix has been on medicam for 4 years, after an acute rupture of bilateral knee ligaments requiring 3 surgeries. She is chronically lame in one leg, but has regained her activity, is happy and appears comfortable. Medicam has been well tolerated with no discernable adverse side effects.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! My pup has had trouble for several years with knee and back pain.... metacam has always been his rescue for pain! It's easily hidden in pumpkin, ice cream or whip cream to hide the taste!
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wisp, my six year old mackerel tabby, has been diagnosed with spondylosis in her lower spine; her quality of life was definitely affected. Our Vet prescribed Metacam (and Cosequin); the combination has made a world of difference in regard to pain control and her quality of life!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent NSAID for back and joint pain Metecam is an outstanding nsaid for pets suffering from chronic joint and back pain. The quality of life improvement to your animal will be astounding.
Date published: 2016-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good! My 4 month old puppy jumped off the couch which resulted in him breaking his front leg. So far this medicine has kept him calm!
Date published: 2016-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from PAIN RELIEF I have a Pekingnese Dog which is fifteen years old!! My Veterinarian prescribed this medication for his hind quarters, which are extremely weak and painful. Seems to help with pain management!! Twice a day, room temperature, at the Rx'd dose, seems to help him with the general weakness and shaking of hind legs. I realize there is no miracle drug for ageing loved ones, but, you will observe an overall, positive experience when you watch your doggy walk!! Thank you for the overall experience with your company. P.S. Great, rapid shipping.
Date published: 2016-06-24
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Q&A

Is there a generic version of metacam

Asked by: Deby
There are at least 2 generic equivalents to Metacam Oral Suspension. One is Loxicom made by Norbrook, another is Meloxidyl made by Ceva Animal Health.
Answered by: SuzyCVT
Date published: 2017-03-14

Can i give my 2 and 1/2 years old dog without feeding her first or does she have to have some food in her stmach befote i give her the mexacam 1 5 mg oral sudpension accirding to her bidy eeught ehuch us 25 pounds. She has a disorder that makes both rea.

Asked by: Sassy Moreland
Hello, Yes it is recommended that your dog eats before taking this medication. Thanks you, Pharmacy Intern
Answered by: Ben B
Date published: 2017-02-21

I give the daily amount of Metacam 1.5mg/ml Oral Suspension as stated for a 20 pound dog. I purchased a 32 ml bottle. How many doses will the bottle contain? How long should it last before I need to order a refil?

Asked by: jimb
The bottle will provide a little more than 40 doses if this dose is given daily. If you have any dosing questions or other questions about this medication please contact your 1800PetMeds pharmacist.
Answered by: 1800Petmeds Pharmacist
Date published: 2016-12-22

 My dog takes Metacam  with a dose of 0.5mg  The bottle is a 15 ML she weighs 29 pounds how long will this bottle last and do they carry a larger bottle with this dose

Asked by: Debbie R
The bottle of Metacam 0.5mg/ml X 15 ml will last your dog 5 days. If your vet recommends your dog be on meloxicam for an extended period of time, ask to be prescribed the 1.5mg/ml bottle which comes in 10ml, 32ml, 100ml and 180ml and will last you much longer and probably be more economical for you. A syringe for proper dosing by weight is provided for the appropriate strength in each bottle.
Answered by: SuzyCVT
Date published: 2016-12-17

How long should my dog be on this medication for? when will I know its a good time to stop? should I ever stop?

Asked by: ilovepuppies
Metacam can be used long term in pets that have chronic pain, under the supervision of your veterinarian. Duration of treatment depends on what is being treated or what the cause of pain is. Your veterinarian should specify how long to treat your pet or when you should stop treatment.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-11-10

Metacam 1•5 mg suspension orale for dogs, is it suitable for long term usage

Asked by: Cags
Metacam can be used long term under the supervision of your veterinarian.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-11-10

Do I need to provide a script to order this?

Asked by: Betty1978
Metacam does require a prescription from your veterinarian.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2017-02-02

Does this med cause drowsiness?

Asked by: Vickie
Metacam has been reported to cause lethargy, or drowsiness, in some animals.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-11-10
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