When dogs undergo surgery, which may result in them suffering pain for a day or so, or the dog has suffered some other painful trauma, a vet will often prescribe and supply, with specific instructions, a painkiller called Metacam, to give them for as long as is necessary. It is sometimes used to control pain levels in dogs suffering chronic joint problems.
Metacam is a milky-white suspension held in a special ‘dropper bottle,’ designed to deliver an accurate volume of the solution, drop wise. It is essential when dosing the dog that an overdose is not administered. The active ingredient is Meloxicam, and must not be given to a dog allergic to that substance, or to any dog for longer than is absolutely necessary. Long term usage can cause kidney damage.
The dosage depends on the weight of the dog, for dogs weighing less than 1.5kg, the only accurate way to measure the dose is by using the dropper bottle only; the vet will advise how many drops to give and how often. For dogs weighing over 1.5kg the use of the calibrated syringe, which fits into the neck of the dropper bottle, supplied with the Metacam, is better to draw up the correct dosage from the bottle.
The first time I had to dose my dog with Metacam, was after one of my Cocker Spaniels had an ear canal resection.
Because it is in liquid form, it was easy to administer. After shaking the bottle to mix the contents thoroughly, I drew up the prescribed dose into the syringe and spread it onto his food. He did not even notice there was anything different in his meal.
Many years later, the vet gave my Collie Cross Metacam, by injection into the scruff of his neck. I often wonder the outcome had it been by given mouth, for unfortunately he was found to be allergic to this.
His nose began swelling and obviously irritating him, he looked to be morphing and continued doing so all evening, until the vet suggested I give him some Periton or its equivalent. Within minutes, his nose began returning to its original size.
A few months ago, my Yorkie needed Metacam after having some teeth extracted. To measure her dose, I just counted the appropriate number of drops directly from the bottle onto her food.
None of my dogs suffered any of possible side effects, such as diarrhoea or vomiting.
It is not advisable to give dogs Metacam unless prescribed by a vet even though it can be purchased on line. The vet usually monitors dogs on a long term, low maintenance doses, regularly.
Between my family we look after 6 dogs and when one family member is working, we all step in to make sure all 6 dogs are fed and walked. My parents dog Moby underwent surgery last year to have his front left leg amputated due to a tumour which was growing in it. Since then, his recovery has been amazing but it is a very slow process of building his muscles up so the rest of his body can cope with his new body (mainly all the weight being held on the one front leg) This is where Metacam has come in very useful.
Metacam can only be prescribed to you by your vet and can only be used on dogs. Metacam is classed as an anti-inflammatory drug which helps to reduce and inflammation which causes pain to your Dog.
Matacam comes in a cardboard box which is purple with Matacam written across the front. Also included in the packet is a dosage syringe.
Administrating Matacam To Your Dog
As I mentioned earlier, there is a dosage syringe that comes with the Metacam which is to be used when you measure out the correct amount to give to your dog. Basically, you attach the syringe to the bottle of Metacam, turn the bottle upside down and draw off the amount you need.
The syringe is marked in kilos referring to your dog's weight, so you will need to work out the amount you need to give your pet dependant on their weight.
Once you have the liquid in the syringe, you simply spread it over your Dog's food. I have to admit that the Metacam doesn't smell too nice, it smells a bit like weeds from the garden but apparently it actually tastes like honey and Moby certainly eats his dinner as well as he usually does.
Size and Price
Metacam comes in 3 sizes 10ml, 32ml and 100ml bottles. I paid £21.16 for the 32ml bottle. I always tend to get this size so am unable to state how much the larger and smaller sizes would cost.
Your vet will prescribe you the most suitable size bottle depending on the size of your dog. Please note that it is not worth buying the largest bottle if the chances are you are not going to be able to use it in 6 months as the liquid will go off and you wont be able to use it after 6 months anyway.
Does Metacam Work?
I have used Metacam on my parents dog Moby and also on our old Dog Sophie who had arthritis. I can definitely say that you can see the effects of the Metacam as soon as 30 minutes after giving it to your pet. Sophie would quite often be in a small amount of pain 1st thing in the morning where she had been stationary all night and within 30 minutes of her eating her breakfast, you could see that she was much more comfortable and looked generally happier being able to move around more freely.
With Moby, the main reason for the Metacam is just to give him a certain amount of relief from any inflammation on his front leg. We only use it periodically with Moby, whenever it looks like he may be having pain in his front leg, we give him Metacam and give him less exercise so we can allow him to build up his muscles slowly.
I would 100% recommend Metacam. It does have a few side effects such as loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea but none of the dogs that we have given this to have suffered any of this side effects. Also please note that as Metacam in only available to prescription, your vet will know whether it will be suitable medication for your dog based on the symptoms. It is easy to administer and once you get used to the dosage it becomes very simple.
Although Metacam is fairly expensive when buying from your vet, I don't think you can put a price on making sure you pet is as happy and comfortable as they can be.
My westie, who is now nearly ten years old, does suffer with a little bit of arthritis. Because of the fact that westies tend to be quite stocky with short little legs, they are prone to arthritis in their later years - and the key is to obviously treat the inflammation and the pain associated with arthritis so that she can be pain-free and also remain happy and active. Our vet recommended Metcam which contains meloxicam and sodium benzoate, and together it forms an anti-inflammatory and analgesic which is particularly suited to osteoarthritis.
Metacam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (similar to ibuprofen or diclofenac) which is given in oral form. It comes in a small glass bottle and is sold inside a box which contains a full product information leaflet, which includes details on dosages, contraindications, side-effects and warnings - and all of this is easy to follow. I got it on prescription from my vet and it cost me £7.00 for a 32ml bottle. There is a syringe that comes with the bottle and so you measure the amount of Metcam to be given by looking at the number of kilograms along the syringe - and so it's really easy to measure out.
It's a clear liquid and it doesn't really smell of anything - and to be honest my dog doesn't seem to mind the taste of it. Because it's in a syringe, I fine it really easy to squirt it into the back side of her mouth, and she really doesn't seem to have any issue with it. I know that you can also squirt it onto the food, but its so easy to use the syringe that for me this seems to be the best option.
Obviously, the most important thing is how effective it is. Since I have been given Metcam to Noodle, I would say that she does move around more easily. I tend to only give her one dose a day in the morning and this seems to set her up for the day. She tends to do less lollaping and more gliding. I do give it to her with a little bit of breakfast because I think it can be a little bit irritating on an empty stomach. I also haven't really noted any side-effects since I've been giving it to her - although there are a list of potential side-effects listed.
Overall, I do recommend Metcam, but I would always get it under the direction of a vet.
DO NOT ALLOW THIS MEDICATION TO BE GIVEN TO ANY DIABETIC ANIMAL.A SUPPOSED PROFESSIONAL VET WHO WAS AWARE OF MY DOGS DIABETES PRESCRIBED METACAM AND TONIGHT HER LIFE IS HANGING IN THE BALANCE NOT TO MENTION THE $(A)1000.00 I HAVE INCURRED TO NIGHT.MY GIRL IS WORTH EVERY CENT BUT THE VET ISN'T WORTH A PINCH OFS-IT!!!
This is great information my baby 12 yr old shepard has gone spinal problems and has just finshed first botle of metacam, he has lost his back legs just gone twice in past three days I am devastated I adore him. His appetite is not great but never was still loves gravy bone,trip stick. He amazes me sometimes canot get back legs to stay still, but can still chase me like young pup,I cannot get him a cart for legs love him to much & respect him. The thought of him not here crushes me, I cried all day when vet confirmed my fear, He wanted em to tell him why I am sad I could not tell him.Enjoying our last few ? together loyal true friend I love so much xx
My cat was given oral suspension metacam for pain relief following dental surgery. She had pre op blood tests and there was no sign of kidney problems. 3 months later I'm told she now HAS kidney disease which I have since found out Metacam can cause in cats. There are plenty of other options for pain relief in cats so I would NEVER take the risk. (I've given 1 star because I couldn't give less).
Please be VERY careful before allowing your cat to have this drug. My elderly cat was given Metacam as an injection (alongside an antibiotic) to ease the symptoms of a heavy cold and within 10 days was in chronic renal failure. He died six days later after all attempts to stabilise him had failed.
I have subsequently learned that Metacam is contraindicated for cats with kidney disease. My cat had never been diagnosed (or even tested) for kidney disease, but given his age, breed and history of dental problems (also breed related) he was in a relatively high risk category (something else I did not know).
I was not informed of any potential risks or side effects associated with this drug and cannot understand why my cat was given Metacam purely to relieve the symptoms of a cold, however unpleasant.
I am sure that this drug does have benefits for some conditions and perhaps more so for dogs, however, I believe that my cat died prematurely and suffered unnecessarily because of an adverse reaction to this drug. Please think twice before allowing your cat to have Metacam. Do not let your cat die through ignorance of the potential dangers and side effects of this drug.
Metacam is an oral suspension non steroid anti inflamatary for dogs. It is used to reduce the swelling, inflamation and pain in muscular skeletal disorders.
This medication contains meloxicam and sodium benzoate so is unsuitable for dogs who are allergict to these ingredients, it has also never been used on a pregnant, lactating or a dog less than 6 weeks old so is advised not to use as the effects are unknown.
To use this you have a dropper on the top of the bottle to administer it to a smaller dog and a syringe is provided for giving to larger dogs as the dosage depends on weight of the dog so you will need to know the weight of your dog in kg before giving this medication.
Giving this is very simple as it is oral so you can either put it in your dogs food or put it steight into your dogs mouth, i personally put it streight into my dogs mouth as this was the easiest way of me knowing he had had it.
The initial dose of the medication is quite strong, twice the normal dose wich took effect with my dog about 5 hours later then each day he had to have another dose but only half of the first dose for 10 days to keep him topped up, this realy did help him a lot and he was soon running around again back to his usual self.
I think this would be ideal for an elderly dog struggling to walk any more or with severely stiff joints.
I had mine from my vet but dont think to my knowledge that you can get it from pet shops but most vets will be able to supply it if your dog need it.
My old lab suffered arthritus and the vet suggested she be put down but we tried her on Metacam and it gave her a new lease of life. In combination with Hiprite she lived an extra 2 years and ran round like a young dog again. My current dog, a 9 stone Anatolian shepherd is now in the same state, limping heavily with stiff joints and he started on it last month with great results
My seven year old Golden mix tore something yet to be diagnosed in her knee and was prescribed Metacam by the emergency vet yesterday a Saturday. I want her off of it ASAP. It has changed her behavior and personality in a frightening way. She is very lethargic, confused and has no appetite. There must be some other pain medication that doesn't cause these side effects. She is so not herself. I haven't seen any advantages except that she is so doped that she isn't feeling anything.
One of my dogs is very ill at the moment. An x-ray showed that she had undergone massive changes to the vertebrae in the middle of her spine. She either had a tumour or osteomyelitis an infection which occurs within the bone structure. As time has gone on it seems more likely that she has osteomyelitis, but over the last few months she has regularly needed pain relief.
Rosie has an additional problem. After two major operations on her stomach last year she was diagnosed as having eosinophilic enteritis. Put simply it means that she is very sensitive to any food outside her very restricted diet. When she goes out she wears a mask to ensure that she cant eat anything she shouldnt! Pain relief affects even the most sensitive of stomachs with regular use and with Rosie the problem is very difficult indeed.
Injury to muscle or bone creates inflammation and its this which causes pain. Steroids are the most effective drugs for reducing inflammation but they have long term effects and are only used when nothing else will do the trick. Vets and doctors prefer to use a class of drugs known as Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs for short. They work by stopping the body producing a substance which causes pain, inflammation or fever. One such NSAID is meloxicam and this is the active ingredient in Metacam. The drug is available on veterinary prescription and only for dogs.
When giving pain relief vets seem to turn first to Rimadyl possibly because it comes in the form of a palatable biscuit and is easy to administer. It is also aggressively marketed by Pfizer. Rosie took Rimadyl for a couple of weeks and then started being sick. We gave her a break from the drug but the symptoms returned after a week when the drug was restarted. As pain relief was still needed we turned to Metacam, but my vet warned that he was prescribing it not because it was better than Rimadyl, but because it WASNT Rimadyl.
Metacam is available in 10, 32 or 100ml bottles. Vets advise on the most suitable size for your dog, but dont buy a large bottle if youre unlikely to use it quickly as an opened bottle only has a shelf life of six months. The bottle has the usual child-proof lock, but the top is small enough to grip easily and Ive had no problems even with my problem hands. I write the date of opening on the bottle so that I can check it doesnt go past its shelf life. Prices for the product vary and you will almost certainly pay through the nose for it from a vet, but if you can persuade him to write a prescription you can buy it from www.bestpetpharmacy.co.uk for £4.64 for the 10ml size, £11.48 for 32ml and £27.57 for 100ml. The vet will probably charge for writing the prescription.
The first problem you encounter with Metacam is that you need to be able to use a dosing syringe. Thats where you attach the syringe to the bottle of medication, turn the bottle upside down and draw off the amount you need. [Tip: let go of the bottle once youve got it upside down and dont touch it again until youve drawn off the amount you need.] The second point is that youll need to know and remember your dogs weight as the markings on the side of the syringe (which is provided with the medication) are in kilograms. Once mastered the procedure is simple, particularly if you have a dog of a reasonable size. Rosie weighs 40kg and this is clearly marked. For small breeds the vet would provide a drop dispenser as it would be difficult to draw the correct amount of liquid for a very small dog.
The smell of the liquid is rather strange the closest I could get is just slightly rotting leaves. The manufacturers describe the liquid as honey-flavoured, but thats not what I smell. Metacam is given with the dogs food and the smell and taste havent put Rosie off in the slightest, but then not much ever does. If your dog is a picky eater I would be inclined to make certain that the medication is mixed into the food very thoroughly. On the first day two doses are given and after that one dose at twenty-four-hourly intervals.
The drug company Boehringer Ingelheim say that a clinical response is normally seen within three to four days. With Rosie I can see an easing of the pain within half an hour. She will be able to relax and sleep. With Rimadyl the initial response time is three-quarters of an hour to an hour, but with the same result. There is an obvious lessening of the pain throughout the following day with both drugs.
Metacam cant be given to pregnant or lactating bitches. There are a whole range of other conditions which could be worsened if it is given but as the drug is only available on prescription I wont detail these. A vet should be aware of any problems the dog has. Its always worth reminding the vet when hes prescribing just so you can both be certain that the medication is right for the dog.
Metacam does have side effects. These range through loss of appetite, sickness, diarrhoea, blood in the stools and apathy. The manufacturers say that these problems usually occur in the first week and disappear once the treatment is terminated. Rosie usually manages four days before some loss of appetite is evident and we have to adjust her diet to prevent sickness. We also discontinue the drug. With Rimadyl we can usually manage a week of pain relief.
On balance I prefer Rimadyl. Its easier to administer and easier to be accurate about the dose. It can also be used for slightly longer before it upsets a delicate digestive system.
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