Dog owners
Managing osteoarthritis pain with METACAM
When your dog starts METACAM treatment, you will likely notice an increase in your dog's activity level. Once the spark is back, your dog will be more energetic and want to do more physically, just like he used to do. It's important to remember that exercise should be increased slowly in order to rebuild lost muscle mass. Frequent, gentle walks help improve mobility and strength. Talk to your veterinarian about how much activity is best for your dog.

Also keep in mind that, as with all medicines in the NSAID class, side effects may occur. These are usually mild but may be serious. The most common side effects are vomiting and soft stool or diarrhea. You should have your dog checked for pre-existing medical conditions before beginning treatment. Your veterinarian will perform a thorough history and physical examination, including laboratory tests before starting your dog on METACAM. As with all medications, talk to your veterinarian if your dog is taking other medications, is pregnant, or if you plan to breed your dog. It's important to monitor your dog during therapy. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your dog has a medical problem or side effect from taking METACAM.

If you notice any of the following signs in your dog during treatment, stop further administration of the drug and call your veterinarian:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Black, tarry-colored stools
  • Eating less, change in drinking
  • Change in urination habits (frequency, color, smell)
  • Skin redness, scabs, or scratching
  • Yellowing of the gums, skin, or whites of the eyes
  • Lack of coordination
  • Negative behavior changes such as lethargy or depression, aggression

The likelihood that side effects will occur can be reduced by giving your dog the smallest dose of medicine that is effective in relieving pain. Your veterinarian will determine the lowest effective dose of METACAM for your dog. Initially your dog will start on a dose based on his or her weight. This dose can gradually be lowered to a maintenance dose according to a schedule your veterinarian gives you. It is important that you never give your dog more or less METACAM than your veterinarian prescribes. Used properly, METACAM will help keep your dog pain-free and allow him to lead a more comfortable life.

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