Meloxicam NSAID For Dogs
Read on for information about meloxicam for dogs including dosage, side effects, safety precautions and more.
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Meloxicam, better known and marketed as “Metacam” is a pain relief drug of the NSAID (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) class which is sometimes used in the treatment of animals. Meloxicam is available only via prescription and as such you will have to take your dog to the vet before being able to administer this medicine. There are several alternatives to Metacam including carprofen for dogs (Rimadyl) and etodolac for dogs (Etogesic). Your vet will be able to help you choose the drug most suitable for your dog and his or her situation.
Meloxicam dosage for dogs
The initial dosage of meloxicam when given to dogs is 0.09 mg per pound every 24 hours, however this dosage should only be given on the very first day of treatment. After day one, you should administer 0.045 mg per pound every 24 hours throughout the rest of the treatment course. The Metacam form of meloxicam is sold as an oral suspension, and often comes with a syringe for easy dosing.
Please note that you should administer this drug on food only to negate the possibility of accidental overdose.
Is meloxicam safe for dogs?
Meloxicam is safe for use in most dogs though there are numerous safety precautions which you should be aware of and other such factors. Under the guidance and approval of your vet the risk is very minimal. Read on below for information about safety precautions when giving this medicine to your dog.
- Seek veterinary advice and approval prior to use
- Do not use in dogs with a known hypersensitivity to NSAIDs
- Notify the vet of all other medicines your dog is taking as well as any pre-existing diseases
- Be extra cautious when using this medication on dogs with cardiovascular, liver or kidney problems
- Consider avoiding use in pregnant/lactating dogs and pups under 6 weeks old
Provide plenty of water for your pet throughout treatment as adverse effects are more common in dehydrated dogs. Remember to avoid administering this drug alongside any other NSAID drugs such as carprofen or any corticosteroids such as triamcinolone as such combinations may put your pet in danger. Keep a close eye on your dog if it is his or her first time taking NSAIDs as some pets have been known to suffer bad reactions.
Uses of meloxicam for dogs
Meloxicam is most often used when treating dogs suffering from:
Side effects of meloxicam use in dogs
Side effects of meloxicam include gastric disturbances, for example diarrhea and/or dark tarry stools, as well as unpredictable changes in behavior. Other possible side effects include jaundice, increased thirst, discoloration of urine/increased frequency of urination, itching, weight loss and stomach ulcers. If your dog is afflicted with stomach ulcers it’s possible to combat the condition with famotidine for dogs.
If your dog appears to suffer any serious side effects seek emergency veterinary attention. Serious side effects of meloxicam are less common but may include seizures and difficulty breathing.