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Meloxicam (Metacam) is used in dogs for pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.
Meloxicam (Metacam) should be given according to your veterinarian’s instructions. Use the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration consistent with individual response. The recommended dose of Metacam should be administered initially at 0.09 mg/lb body weight only 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 deliver the daily maintenance dose in pounds.
To prevent accidental overdosing of small dogs, administer Metacam oral suspension on food only — never directly into the mouth.
If a dose of Meloxicam (Metacam) is missed, give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.
Meloxicam (Metacam) like other NSAIDs may cause some side effects. The most common side effects of Meloxicam involve digestive issues such as vomiting and decrease appetite. Other possible side effects of Meloxicam include:
It is important to stop the medication and immediately contact your veterinarian if you think your dog has any medical problems or side effects while taking Meloxicam.
Meloxicam should not be given to dogs that are hypersensitive to NSAIDs. Meloxicam should not be given with any other NSAIDs, including: Carprofen (Rimadyl), Firocoxib (Previcox), Etodolac (Etogesic), Deracoxib (Deramaxx), Aspirin.
Do not use in dogs less than 6 weeks of age or in pregnant, lactating, or breeding dogs, as it has not been evaluated. Do not use in animals with bleeding disorders 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 events.
Store at a controlled room temperature, store between 59° and 86°F.
When giving Meloxicam other NSAIDs or corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone, cortisone, dexamethasone or tramcinolone) should be avoided.
Overdose of Meloxicam may cause
If you suspect or know you dog has had an overdose, it could be fatal so please contact your veterinarian, an emergency vet clinic, or the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 213-6680 immediately.