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Pain Relief For Your Pet
Member Name: MollyWH
Advantages: Effective pain releif, easy to use, can be mixed in with food
Disadvantages: Some side effects, a little expensive
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.
Summary: Pain Relief For Your Pet