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Drug Info

  • Drug Name: Meloxicam
  • Common Name: Metacam, and Mobic for humans
  • 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)
  • FDA Approved: Yes



Meloxicam (Metacam) is used in dogs for pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.

Dosage and Administration

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.

Missed Dose?

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.

Possible Side Effects

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:

  • Change in bowel movements (black, tarry or bloody stools or diarrhea)
  • Change in behavior (increased or decrease activity level, incoordination, seizure, or aggression)
  • Jaundice (yellowing of gums, skin or whites of eyes)
  • Increase water consumption or urination changes (frequency, color, or smell)
  • Skin irritation (redness, scabs, or scratching)
  • Stomach ulcers may occur
  • Unexpected weight loss

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. 

Drug Interactions

When giving Meloxicam other NSAIDs or corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone, cortisone, dexamethasone or tramcinolone) should be avoided.

Signs of Toxicity/Overdose

Overdose of Meloxicam may cause

  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Dark or tarry stool
  • Increase urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Pale gums
  • Jaundice
  • Lethargy
  • Fast or heavy breathing
  • Incoordination
  • Seizures
  • Behavior changes           

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.

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