Metacam Oral Suspension
Metacam Oral Suspension
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Effective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) against arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA), and musculoskeletal disorders in dogs
Active Ingredient Meloxicam brings fast relief to both pain and inflammation in only one to two hours after administration
Once-daily honey-flavored liquid added to dogโ€™s food or given separately

Metacam Oral Suspension

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At a Glance
Effective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) against arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA), and musculoskeletal disorders in dogs
Active Ingredient Meloxicam brings fast relief to both pain and inflammation in only one to two hours after administration
Once-daily honey-flavored liquid added to dogโ€™s food or given separately

Ultimate Guide to Metacam Oral Suspension

Meet the Oral Osteoarthritis Opposer: Metacam Oral Suspension!

Metacam Oral Suspension is a veterinarian-recommended, FDA-approved non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that relieves dogs' osteoarthritis pain, post-operative soreness, and any other musculoskeletal discomfort. Metacam is a daily honey-flavored liquid that can be added to the dog's food or given without food.

How does the Metacam Suspension for Dogs work?

Metacam is the brand name for its active ingredient, Meloxicam, which reduces pain, inflammation, and fever that results from arthritis in canines.

Arthritis is caused by an infection or injury which exacerbates cell damage from the natural breakdown of a dog's cartilage tissue, or the protective cushion between the joints. Permanent damage (e.g., arthritis) from constant bones rubbing together is the natural result.

Metacam's Meloxicam works as other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) work. NSAIDs prevent cell damage and lessen joint pain by blocking the COX activation, which is a chemical protein enzyme called cyclooxygenase. Blocking COX activation causes fewer prostaglandins that contribute to pain and inflammation.

Finally, NSAID Meloxicam swiftly controls and relieves dogs' muscle, joint, and bone pain and inflammation.

How to administer Metacam Oral Suspension to dogs?

Metacam Oral Suspension is given once-daily within a dog's food or Metacam can be given without food. As the only oral liquid NSAID, it is administered with an easy-to-use oral syringe to dogs of all weights. Shake before use, measure the correct dosage into the accompanying syringe, and push the medication into their dog food bowl or mouth.

The Metacam liquid dosage for dog's initial dose in dogs is 0.1 mg per pound (or 0.09 mg/lb.) and then subsequent days are given 0.05 mg per pound (or 0.045 mg/lb.).

See the Metacam dosage chart below to see how much Metacam to give dogs, such as the Metacam 0.5 mg for dogs, Metacam dosage for 70 lb dog, Metacam dosage for 80 lb dog, etc.:

Dosage 10 lbs. 20 lbs. 35 lbs. 70 lbs. 80 lbs. 100 lbs. 150 lbs.
Initial 1 mg 2 mg 3.5 mg 7 mg 8 mg 10 mg 15 mg
After .5 mg 1 mg 1.75 mg 3.5 mg 4 mg 5 mg 7.5 mg

We provide 10 mL (1.5 mg/mL), 32 mL (1.5 mg/mL), 100 mL (1.5 mg/mL), and 15 mL (0.5 mg/mL) syringes for the correct Metacam dosage for dogs.

What are the precautions of which you should be aware?

With Metacam Oral Suspension, avoid dogs that are hypersensitive to NSAIDs, those who have stomach ulcers, and those with Von Willebrand's disease. Avoid dogs who are pregnant or lactating. Avoid dogs with heart, kidney, and liver disease. Avoid dogs taking other NSAIDs, those suffering from dehydration, or inflammatory bowel disease.

What are Metacam Oral Suspension's side effects of which you should be aware?

Metacam's most common side effects are vomiting, soft stools, decreased appetite, and diarrhea. Metacam doesn't make dogs sleepy (lethargy or general malaise can be a sign of fatal toxicity), but can cause insomnia, dizziness, or headaches.

Metacam overdose symptoms are bloody vomit, black tarry stool, polydipsia, polyuria, weakness, abdominal pain, or seizures. These are signs of fatal toxicity. If any side effects are observed, call your veterinarian, take your dog to your emergency veterinary clinic, or call the Pet Poison Helpline!

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is Metacam for dogs and what is Metacam used for?

    Metacam Oral Suspension for dogs is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Metacam is especially known for arthritis in dogs and relieving pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis pain (OA), post-operative soreness, and any musculoskeletal discomfort.

  2. How long can a dog take Metacam Oral Suspension?

    Ask your veterinarian for the appropriate dosage and the specific amount of time your dog should be taking Metacam Oral Suspension. If you give your pup a higher dosage or longer than your veterinarian recommends, this can result in a fatal overdose (the symptoms are shown above).

  3. How long does it take Metacam to work within dogs?

    This medication will take effect in about one to two hours, and the following clinical signs show improvement.

  4. Can I purchase Metacam without a vet prescription?

    No. Metacam and its active ingredient Meloxicam have precautions based on negative drug interactions and other significant precautions before you start giving the product to your dog. Also, dog owners need to be careful of overdose, misuse, and potential side effects of which only veterinarians are aware.

  5. How long does Metacam last?

    Metacam offers 24 hours of relief before the next administration.

  6. Should Metacam be refrigerated?

    The product is stored at room temperature.

  7. Is Metacam Oral Suspension for puppies?

    Metacam Oral Suspension can be administered to puppies that are at least 6 months old.

Concluding Thoughts

The most important thing that you should know about Metacam Oral Suspension is that it brings fast relief to dogs suffering from arthritis, OA, and other musculoskeletal disorders by controlling pain and inflammation associated with them in one to two hours. Ask your veterinarian for your furry best friend to become a Metacam dog today!

DISCLAIMER: FDA law restricts Metacam Oral Suspension only on order or prescription of a licensed veterinarian for the best pet health care advice. Ask your veterinarian or consult with one of our pet care specialists at 1-800-844-1427. This informative article is not meant to substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, and professional advice from your veterinarian or other qualified professionals regarding a medical condition. Ask your veterinarian whether Metacam Oral Suspension is suitable for your dog. Ask your licensed veterinarian to prescribe an exact dosage and other specifications prescribed for your dog.

Does Metacam Need to Be Given With Food?

The Metacam Oral Suspension for dogs can be given mixed with food, however, you can also give the medication directly without mixing it with food. Metacam for dogs is used to give them relief from pain and inflammation. The Metacam medication is for dogs of at least 6 months of age. That means these dogs are old enough to receive the Metacam dosing directly, without having it mixed with their food. Mixing it with food is also an option. The honey-flavored version of the medication is ideal for mixing with food. Due to the honey flavors in this Metacam, dogs do not feel bothered ingesting the medication, as it does not spoil the taste of their food. A direct Metacam dose for dogs can be administered through a syringe or plunger. In that case, you have to give them the dose directly before or after eating. Refer to the Metacam dosage chart for understanding the amount of medication your dog might need. Usually, a 10-pound dog will require 1 mg of Metacam Oral for dogs, while a 20-pound dog will need 2 mg. With every 10 pounds increase in weight, you can increase the Metacam dosage for dogs by 1 mg.

How Long Does Metacam Last?

A bottle of Metacam lasts 30 to 60 days for a small-sized dog (around 10 pounds), and 10 to 30 days for a comparatively larger one (25 pounds). The Metacamโ€™s effects can last as long as an entire day. During this period, the drug will take full effect and give your dog relief from the pain.

Is Metacam a Narcotic?

Metacam consists of Meloxicam, which is not a narcotic. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to treat inflammation and body pain.

Does Metacam Make Your Dog Sleepy?

No, Metacam does not make your dog sleepy. Some of the known Metacam for Dogs side effects include vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, and lack of appetite.

How Do You Give Oral Metacam?

You can give oral Metacam either by mixing it with the dog food or by administering it directly. For mixing with food, the honey-flavored Metacam is the best option. Infused with a natural honey flavor, this version of the medication will not ruin the taste of the dog food. If anything, it will only enhance it. You can also give the Metacam dose directly using a plunger or syringe. For that, you have to give them the medication right before or after they have their food. Give 1 mg Metacam for a 10-pound dog, 2 mg for 20 pounds, 4 mg for 40 pounds, 7 mg for 70 pounds, and so on. Keep increasing the dosage amount based on the dogโ€™s body weight.

Do I Need a Prescription for Metacam?

Yes, you need a prescription for Metacam. There is no way you can purchase the medication over the counter. Anyone willing to sell you the drug without a prescription is doing so illegally. A Metacam for Dogs dose needs to be administered as per the instructions of the vet. Otherwise, you are likely to encounter potential side effects of Metacam. Hence, you should follow the vetโ€™s instructions while using this drug, and should also maintain the necessary precautions.

What Can I Use Instead of Metacam for My Dog?

You can use any other NSAID โ€“ Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug โ€“ as an alternative for Metacam. Drugs with the active ingredient of Metacam, Meloxicam, can also be used. In either case, you must have clearance from your vet to use such alternatives. Avoid using them without getting prior approval.

Metacam contains the active ingredient Meloxicam

Metacam is indicated for the management of fever and pain and inflammation caused by progressive osteoarthritis, disco-spondylosis, arthropathy and soft tissue injuries in dogs and cats. It is available in both injectable and oral forms in dogs. Metacam belongs to the class of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), which eases pain by hindering the secretion of prostaglandins. It brings fast relief to both pain and inflammation and is relatively free from the many adverse side effects of conventional NSAIDs, making it a popular drug among pets.

Metacam is best avoided in animals with a known history of hypersensitivity to these drugs and those with stomach ulcers and Von Willebrandโ€™s disease. It is not advisable to administer this medication in pets with heart, kidney or liver disease or in pregnant or lactating animals. Animals suffering from dehydration, inflammatory bowel disease or those under diuretics also should not be treated with Metacam. It should never be given along with other NSAIDs such as aspirin or steroids as it might result in stomach ulcers and other complications. Pets being treated with Metacam should be regularly monitored for kidney and liver functions.

The most common side effects of Metacam are vomiting, soft stools, diarrhea, and lack of appetite. Dogs that are dehydrated or have preexisting renal, cardiovascular, or hepatic problems may be at risk for renal toxicity as a side effect.

Metacam is administered through a convenient graduated oral syringe. It is the only non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) available in liquid form, which makes it easy to accurately administer to dogs of all sizes.

Though side effects are rare if administered on prescription, in some cases, side effects such as depression, loss of appetite, jaundice, vomiting, pale gums, fast breathing etc are noticed in some animals while being treated with Metacam. Some unforeseen side effects like intestinal bleeding, papillary necrosis and peritonitis could be fatal, if ignored.

Metacam is for use in dogs of at least 6 months of age. It is to be administered once daily; dosage is adjusted according to the weight of the dog, as indicated on the accompanying syringe.

Normally the initial dose of Metacam in dogs is 0.1mg/lb as a single initial dose and later on it could be reduced to a single daily dose of 0.05mg/lb as a maintenance dose. The honey flavored oral suspension could be given with food or separately. In cats, Metacam is labeled for a subcutaneous injection at a dose of 0.14 mg/lb in managing post surgical pain or inflammation.

Shake before use; then, after measuring the medicine into the syringe, push the plunger to empty it into the dogโ€™s food or mouth (immediately before or after feeding).

Metacam should be stored at room temperature. Protect from light, moisture, and heat. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

Ask your veterinarian about Metacam and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) medications or consult with one of our pet care specialists at 1-800-844-1427.

This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website. Our medications are FDA approved and/or EPA regulated when and as required by law.

Metacam is manufactured by Boehringer-Ingelheim
Option UPC/SKU
10 mL, 1.5 mg/mL 012313601515
32 mL, 1.5 mg/mL 012313601522
100 mL, 1.5 mg/mL 012313601539
15 mL, 0.5 mg/mL 012313601416

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