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Compare Meloxicam to Metacam to Surpass

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Reduces Pain and Inflammation associated with Arthritis?
Reduces Fever?
Reduces Joint Stiffness?
Controls Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
Additional Benefits Generic equilavent to MetaCam Oral suspension comes with graduated syringe for accuracy Recommended to control pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in the hock, knee, fetlock and pastern joints in horses.
What Makes it Different? Comes in tablet form rather than oral suspension Comes in an oral suspension for easy administration Surpass is not a cure for osteoarthritis. However, it does control pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. Topical instead of oral medication
Recommended for? Dogs Dogs (Over 6 months of age) Horses
Product Type Tablet Oral Suspension Topical
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RX Required(Details)
How Long Does it Take to Work? Within Hours of Dose Within Hours of Dose N/A
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Ingredients Meloxicam Meloxicam and Sodium Benzoate Diclofenac Sodium (1%) in a base composed of Phospholipon 90H, propylene glycol, alcohol (5.94%), vitamin E acetate, benzethonium chloride and purified water.
Does it have long-term side effects? Repeated dose studies showed characteristic changes reported with other NSAIDs (gastrointestinal ulceration and erosion). Long term studies showed renal papillary necrosis. 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. Serious adverse reactions associated with this drug class can occur without warning and, in rare instances, result in death. Discontinue the use of Surpass and contact your veterinarian immediately if these signs are observed. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.
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. 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. Surpass should not be used with any other anti-inflammatory medications such as other NSAIDs (aspirin, phenylbutazone, flunixin) and corticosteroids (cortisone, prednisone, dexamethasone, triamcinolone). Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Surpass. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter (OTC) medicines. Surpass is for topical use in horses only. Surpass should not be used in horses exhibiting allergic reactions to diclofenac. Surpass is not for use in horses intended for food. The safety of Surpass in horses less than 1 year of age, in horses used for breeding, pregnant mares, or mares nursing foals has not been determined. Surpass topical cream is contraindicated in animals with known hypersensitivity to diclofenac.
What are Customers saying Pros My 10-year-old Maltese ruptured a disk five years ago and has been unable to walk well and generally never felt well. She pretty much just sat in my lap and slept all the time. 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! N/A
What Customers saying Cons N/A ...may cause kidney failure. N/A
Vet Recommendations Meloxicam is another excellent and effective prescription nonsteroidal anti inflammatory medication that has been around for several years. It is especially helpful in that middle size to larger dogs, and comes in an easy to administer tablet.  With regular use, this product can help reduce pain, inflammation and stiffness. It is important to have blood work done before using this product, as well as periodically if used long term to monitor for toxic reactions.  The most common side effects seen in sensitive pets are vomiting and/or diarrhea, and in rarer exceptions liver or kidney complications may occur; thus the importance of the blood work. I give this product an overall ranking of 4 out of 5. 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. N/A

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