Metacam Oral Suspension is an oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used in dogs to control pain and inflammation due to osteoarthritis. As dogs age, they sometimes develop arthritis in their joints, which causes distress, stiffness and inflammation. Because of this, they are not comfortable when they walk or move. If pain is the result of arthritis, Metacam for dogs can provide temporary relief and improved mobility. Not all canines respond in the same way, but improvement will usually be seen in a few days in most pets.Your little fuzzball will be walking better and be more comfortable. You will notice the change when he's doing things such as sitting and going up and down stairs. These anti-inflammatory drugs for dogs enable them to go about their daily activities. Once you see that your pup feels better, you will want to resume the things you did before.
Metacam Oral Suspension should be given with food as directed by your veterinarian. It is available as an oral syrup in five different dropper bottle sizes.
Warning Text: Meloxicam, like other drugs, may cause some side effects. Serious but rare side effects have been reported in dogs taking NSAIDs. Serious side effects can occur with or without warning and in rare situations result in death. The most common NSAID-related side effects generally involve the stomach and liver or kidney problems. Look for the following side effects that can indicate your dog may be having a problem with meloxicam or may have another medical problem: Decrease or increase in appetite. Vomiting. Change in bowel movement (such as diarrhea, or black, tarry or bloody stools). Change in behavior (such as decreased or increased activity level, incoordination, seizure or aggression). Yellowing of gums, skin, or whites of the eyes (jaundice). Change in drinking habits (frequency, amount consumed). Change in urination habits (frequency, color, or smell). Change in skin (redness, scabs, or scratching). It is important to stop therapy and contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your dog has a medical problem or side effect from Meloxicam therapy. If you have additional questions about possible side effects, talk to your veterinarian.;Store in a tight, light resistant, childproof container at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight. Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets. Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product. For use in dogs only . Do not use in cats.;Contact your veterinarian immediately if your dog eats more than the prescribed amount of meloxicam.
Instructions: The actual dose to be given should be prescribed by the veterinarian. Shake well before use, then remove cap. While meloxicam is not a cure for osteoarthritis, it can control the pain and inflammation of OA and improve your dog's mobility. Response will vary from dog to dog but can be quite dramatic. In most dogs, improvement can be seen in a matter of days. If Meloxicam is discontinued or not given as directed, your dog's pain and inflammation may come back. Dogs under 10 pounds (4.5 kg) - To prevent accidental overdosing of small dogs, administer drops on food only, never directly into the mouth. Carefully measure suspension onto food to assure that the correct dose is given before presentation of the food to the dog. The syringe provided with the meloxicam concentration of 0.5 mg/mL cannot be used to measure doses for dogs weighing <1 lb (0.45 kg). For dogs <1 lb (0.45 kg), the oral suspension can be given using the dropper bottle: 2 drops for each lb of body weight for the 0.5 mg/mL concentration (5 drops for each kilogram of body weight), dropped directly onto the food. For dogs between 1-10 pounds, the oral suspension can be given by drops or by using the measuring syringe provided in the package (see dosing procedure below). The syringe fits on to the bottle and has a scale beginning at 1 lb, designed to deliver the daily maintenance dose (0.05 mg/lb or 0.1 mg/kg). When using the syringe, the dog's weight should be rounded down to the nearest 1 lb increment. Replace and tighten cap after use. Dogs over 10 pounds (4.5 kg) - Meloxicam may be either mixed with food or placed directly into the mouth. Particular care should be given with regard to the accuracy of dosing. The oral suspension can be given using the measuring syringe provided in the package (see dosing procedure below). The syringe fits on to the bottle and has a scale in pounds designed to deliver the daily maintenance dose (0.05 mg/lb or 0.1 mg/kg). When using the syringe, the dog's weight should be rounded down to the nearest 1 lb increment. Alternatively, use the dropper bottle: 2 drops for each lb body weight for the 0.5 mg/mL concentration (5 drops for each kilogram of body weight). Replace and tighten cap after use.