Meloxicam, also known by the brand name Metacam, is a medication used to reduce pain and inflammation in dogs who suffer from conditions like osteoarthritis. Mobic is the human version of meloxicam, though it’s not interchangeable with Metacam and shouldn’t be given to dogs. The drug is approved for use in dogs by the FDA and available with a veterinarian’s prescription. In addition to treating many conditions, it may also be prescribed for dogs after surgery to reduce pain. Follow your veterinarian’s guidelines for use with your dog strictly.
You can easily order meloxicam for your dog here with your vet’s prescription from Chewy’s online pharmacy. Here is what you should know about the uses, dosage, and side effects of meloxicam in dogs. Meloxicam (brand names Metacam® Loxicom®, OroCAM®, Rheumocam) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve pain, inflammation, and fever in dogs and cats. It is indicated for the treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs and cats. Meloxicam is also used to treat pain associated with surgery.
Meloxicam is available as an oral liquid, oral spray (spray not available in Canada), injection, or chewable tablets for dogs, but only as an oral liquid or injection for cats. It is also available in pill form (brand name Mobic®, Mobicox®) for human use, which your veterinarian may prescribe ‘off label’ or ‘extra-label’ for large dogs. Many drugs are commonly prescribed for off label use in veterinary medicine. In these cases, follow your veterinarian’s directions and cautions very carefully.
Your veterinarian will administer the injectable version of the drug. Before giving the oral liquid, shake the bottle well. Carefully measure the dose as directed by your veterinarian. Chewable tablets should be given as directed by your veterinarian. Give meloxicam with food to reduce gastrointestinal side effects. The oral spray is sprayed inside the cheek space. Your veterinarian will provide you with specific instructions for administering the medication.
It’s important to stick to the dosage your vet recommends. Overdose could result in symptoms such as vomiting, dizziness, fainting, headache, seizures, cardiac arrest, slowed breathing, or other serious side effects. The usual dosage of meloxicam for dogs is .09 to 0.1 mg per pound on the first day of treatment followed by .045 to 0.05 mg per pound administered orally once a day after that.
The usual strength of meloxicam is 7.5 mg per tablet, and your veterinarian will be able to give you instructions on how to measure your dog’s dosage properly. Tablets can be given with or without food, but your dog should have plenty of access to fresh, clean water throughout the day. Metacam may come in a liquid version that can be added to your dog’s food, and your vet can advise you on which form of meloxicam is best for treating your dog’s individual condition. Your vet may adjust the dosage based on your dog’s response to the drug with the goal of giving the lowest dose possible while still providing effective relief from symptoms. Meloxicam is also available in a solution that can be injected. Your vet can provide further instructions on administering this solution safely.
Side Effects Of Meloxicam In Dogs
The most common side effects of meloxicam in dogs involve gastrointestinal upset, much like other NSAID medications. If symptoms become extreme or alarming, then you should contact your vet. They may wish to adjust the dosage or find alternative treatment.
Here are some common side effects of meloxicam:
- Black or bloody stool or diarrhea
- Blood in vomit
- Swelling or weight gain from fluid retention
- Increased thirst or urination
- Fatigue or weakness
- Jaundice (yellowing of skin, gums, or eyes)
- Abdominal pain or tenderness
- Weight loss
- Stomach ulcers
- Behavioral changes
Prices of Meloxicam For Dogs
$30.00 – $105.00