Metacam (Meloxicam) for Dogs and Cats



Meloxicam (Metacam) is used in dogs for pain and inflammation related to osteoarthritis.

Dosage for Dogs and Cats

Meloxicam (Metacam) ought to be given according to your vet’s directions. Use the lowest efficient dosage for the quickest period constant with individual response. The recommended dosage of Metacam ought to be administered initially at 0.09 mg/lb body weight just on the first day of treatment. All treatments after day one should be administered once daily at a dose of 0.045 mg/lb. Metacam oral suspension provides a dosing syringe that is calibrated to provide the daily maintenance dose in pounds.

To prevent unexpected overdosing of lap dogs, administer Metacam oral suspension on food just– never directly into the mouth.

Missed Dose?

If a dosage of Meloxicam (Metacam) is missed, give the dose as quickly as possible. If it is nearly time for the next dose, avoid the missed out on dose and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give your animal two dosages simultaneously.

Side Effects of Meloxicam

  • Meloxicam (Metacam) like other NSAIDs might cause some side effects. The most common side effects of Meloxicam involve gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting and reduce cravings. Other possible side effects of Meloxicam include:
  • Modification in bowl motions (black, tarry or bloody stools or diarrhea).
  • Change in habits (increased or reduction activity level, incoordination, seizure, or hostility).
  • Jaundice (yellowing of gums, skin or whites of eyes).
  • Boost water consumption or urination modifications (frequency, color, or smell).
  • Skin irritation (redness, scabs, or scratching).
  • Stomach ulcers might take place.
  • Unexpected weight reduction.

It is necessary to stop the medication and immediately call your veterinarian if you believe your dog has any medical issues or side effects while taking Meloxicam.

Preventative measures

Meloxicam should not be provided to dogs that are hypersensitive to NSAIDs. Meloxicam needs to not be offered with any other NSAIDs, consisting of: Carprofen (Rimadyl), Firocoxib (Previcox), Etodolac (Etogesic), Deracoxib (Deramaxx), Aspirin.

Do not use in dogs less than 6 weeks of age or in pregnant, breast feeding, or reproducing dogs, as it has not been assessed. Do not use in animals with bleeding conditions as safety has not been established in animals with these disorders.

Dogs that are dehydrated, on concomitant diuretic therapy, or those with existing renal, cardiovascular, and/or hepatic dysfunction are at a greater risk for experiencing adverse occasions.


Store at a controlled room temperature, store in between 59 ° and 86 ° F.

Drug Interactions

When offering Meloxicam other NSAIDs or corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone, cortisone, dexamethasone or tramcinolone) ought to be prevented.

Signs of Toxicity/Overdose in Cats and Dogs

Overdose of Meloxicam might cause:

If you suspect or know you dog has had an overdose, it might be deadly so please call your veterinarian, an emergency situation veterinarian clinic, or the Pet Poison Helpline at -LRB-855-RRB- 213-6680 immediately.

Drug details

  • Drug Name: Meloxicam
  • Common Name: Metacam, and Mobic for humans
  • FDA Approved: Yes
  • Generics: Generic tablets available
  • Drug Type: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) in a class called oxicam
  • Used For: Pain and Inflammation associated with osteoarthritis
  • Species: Dogs
  • Administered: Liquid
  • How Dispensed: Prescription Only
  • Available Forms: 1.5mg/mL (10mL, 32mL, 100mL & 180mL); 0.5mg/mL (15mL)

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