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Q. I am giving my cat temgesic. When that finishes can i start giving him metacam

Answered By
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS

A. As temgesic is an opioid and not an NSAIDS they could also be given at the same time if needed, there is absolutely no problem starting him on metacam immediately after you finish the Temgesic.

Answered By
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM

A. No I would highly advise you consult with your veterinarian before giving Metacam. In only very few circumstances is it ok to give this medication in cats, and only for a few days. If your vet has already given you clearance then use it ONLY as instructed . This medication should not be used in pets with a history of kidney disease and therefore has to be used cautiously in cats.
For alternative medications, if you are interested, Onsior is another NSAID that can be used here and is safer in cats. Onsior is the only FDA approved NSAID that can be used in cats, all other medications are used off label.

Answered By
DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM

A. Metacam and temgesic can be given at the same time. While Temgesic is just a pain killer, Metacam is an anti-inflammatory and as a side effect it reduces pain caused by inflammation. Do not give Metacam without the advice and prescription of your vet.


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