Metacam for Dogs and Cats

Metacam is a newer osteoarthritis medication for arthritis in cats and in dogs. It's a non-steroid anti inflammatory medicine. Basically, it reduces the inflammed tissue which is often the cause of arthritis in pets - this is the cause of much of the pain, and that allows your pet to lead an active and happy life even in old age. Not all arthritis is caused by inflammation, though, so this might not work on your pet. Arthritis is the sort of health problem that you usually have to try a couple of treatments to see what works.


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It is pretty easy to apply - it's a honey flavored liquid that you use a syringe to pour into the dog's food. Some dogs will like the taste enough that you can just put it into their mouths directly, but others will have to be tricked into eating it. It's a pet-specific drug from a general class of human arthritis medications called Meloxicam.

How does it work?

Basically, it inhibits enzymes that cause the inflammation in joints of the pet. There is an enzyme called cyclo-oxygenase 2, and it is an inflammatory chemical. Metacam is a newer version of a class of drugs that has existed for decades, but there have only been versions in recent years that are able to suppress the right enzymes without causing unacceptable problems by suppressing good enzymes that pets need to function properly.

Are there any side effects?

Yes. Common ones are related to digestive problems, such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and weight loss. There are some more rare ones that you should still be on the lookout for, however: liver problems, kidney problems, stomach ulcers, and bleeding in weird places. If you see any symptoms of problems in your pet, you should stop giving them the drug and take them to be examined by a vet. You also need to make sure that your vet knows about any medical history of your pet or other drugs the pet is taking - this is because dogs and cats with prior kidney or liver problems can be more at risk of side effects, and a few other drugs can have bad reactions with Metacam.

Where can I buy it?

You can get it here:

METACAM (meloxicam) by Boehringer Ingelheim (32ml)

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