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What is Metacam?

Metacam (meloxicam) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication used to treat pain, stiffness, 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 does Metacam work?

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 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 Metacam 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 of Metacam?

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 on Metacam?

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.

How to Use

Metacam 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.

Metacam Dosage for Dogs/Puppies: (over the age of 6 months)

Dogs/Puppies: (over the age of 6 months)
WeightDosage
Under 10 lbsCarefully 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.
Over 10 lbsShake 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
Metacam Dosage for Cats:
Cats
Do not use!
Metacam Dosage for Horses:
Horses
Do not use!
Storage:

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

Ingredients

Metacam Ingredients:

Metacam
Active Ingredients (0.5mg per ml)Amount
Meloxicam15 mL
Sodium Benzoate1.5 mg
Metacam:
Active Ingredients (1.5mg per ml)Amount
Meloxicam10 mL
Sodium Benzoate1.5 mg
Metacam:
Active Ingredients (1.5mg per ml)Amount
Meloxicam32 mL
Sodium Benzoate1.5 mg
Metacam:
Active Ingredients (1.5mg per ml)Amount
Meloxicam100 mL
Sodium Benzoate1.5 mg
Metacam:
Active Ingredients (1.5mg per ml)Amount
Meloxicam180 mL
Sodium Benzoate1.5 mg
Customer Reviews
Metacam is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 297.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Safe For Use For Rabbits Bailey is a 9 year old lopped ear rabbit. He has arthritis of the spine and teeth problems, and has now been on a daily doses of Metacam for several years. He loves the taste of the medication, so giving it to him is not a problem. I feel that the Metacam does help him with his chronic pain. Check with your veterinarian for correct dosage. Dosage is not the same as for dogs.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good product Brewster is a 9 year old 85 lb lab. His vet started him on Metacam a year ago for arthritis in his back legs. It’s made a huge difference and it’s safe to take nightly with food.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My elderly dog is himself again When my 100lb doberman suddenly stopped eating and would barely move, my husband and I prepared for the worst. This dog has always been a total pig when it comes to eating, and its scared us to see how utterly disinterested he had become. My only hope was that perhaps he was in pain that we didn't realize--so I asked the vet to prescribe something for pain (hoping perhaps it was arthritis). Within a day he was eating again and back to being up and moving around. I'm grateful this drug can help sustain quality of life for him a bit longer. He's 11, and for his size quite old. But if your dog is slowing down, consider perhaps it might be due to joint pain and try this. They can't tell us when they hurt!
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Metacam on Pug Bettie Boop has arthritis in both hips and was losing the ability to walk at 6 1/2 years. She will go for walks, run around and even try to jump to the couch again. I dose her with the nsaid in the morning and Fairwinds Companion cbd tincture bacon flavor at evening meal. This has worked wonders for the last few months.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank God this worked on Kodi. He's almost back to normal. He'll be 14 in four weeks and is running again like a pup!! I'm so thankful.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the right medication for my dog. I bought Metacam to treat my dog's pain. It turned out that it was the wrong medication for him. He's a HUGE and wonderful German Shepherd. I really like the convenience of ordering from Pet Meds.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Meta cam works My dog is much better from torn cruciates after taking metacam for over two months. She is on maintenance now
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like night and day! This seemed to work almost immediately. The dog is back to her old self. Hardly any limping, great mood, its truly like a miracle.
Date published: 2017-10-01
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Q&A

I just started my 19 pound dog on this medication. He has been on it for 1 day and his whole body is shaking and breathing very heavy. Is this a normal side effect ?

Asked by: Spike
Thank you for your question. We are very sorry your furry friend is experiencing adverse reactions to the medication. It is recommended per the manufacturer to stop giving Metacam and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; if any of the following allergic reactions occur such as (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips; tongue or face; hives); muscle cramps, open sores in the mouth, seizures, abdominal cramping.
Answered by: Crystal PetMed Pro
Date published: 2017-10-22

Can I give metacam to my nearly 4yr old cocker spaniel butch  who has just Mated 2 days ago (so may be in pup)?

Asked by: Suzied
The safe use of Metacam in pregnant or nursing dogs has not been evaluated. Consult your veterinarian for more information.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2017-10-16

I dropped 1/2 of a 15mg Meloxicam yab. If my 20 pound eays it wjat do i do?

Asked by: Roger
I would recommend contacting your veterinarian regarding your pet and the accidental ingestion of Meloxicam.
Answered by: Megan Student Pharmacist
Date published: 2017-07-15

My prairie dog has bloody urine. Will metcam help at all?

Asked by: Marciepen
Metacam (meloxicam) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication used to treat pain and inflammation in dogs. As there can be many causes for blood in your pets urine we recommend taking your furry friend into the vet to be examined.
Answered by: Crystal PetMed Pro
Date published: 2017-10-23

My dog is experiencing excessive anxiety after each dose such as pacing and panting. What should I do and is this a side effect ?

Asked by: Chipper
Stop giving Metacam and seek emergency veterinary medical attention as the symptoms you mentioned are side effects.
Answered by: Crystal PetMed Pro
Date published: 2017-06-19

Is there a non prescription medicine I can get for pain and swelling for my dog?

Asked by: Joeindel
Aspirin, preferably buffered, may be used short-term. Check with your veterinarian for the proper dose for your dog's weight. Do not use any of the other over-the-counter human pain medications, such as Tylenol, in pets.
Answered by: SuzyCVT
Date published: 2017-07-22

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: 2017-07-20

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
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