Treating anticipated pain before surgery so that your cat is more comfortable afterward is an increasingly common approach among veterinarians.
If your cat is about to be spayed or neutered or having one of many orthopedic procedures, talk to your cat's veterinarian about pain management medication.
Different pain relievers work in different ways, but many veterinarians recognize the importance of administering pain control drugs before surgery takes place. That way, when your cat wakes up from surgery, her pain and inflammation is alleviated and she can enjoy a more comfortable recovery. One of the medications designed to work in this way is METACAM Solution for Injection, which is the first medication of its kind approved in the US for use in cats.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: Repeated use of meloxicam in cats has been associated with acute renal failure and death. Do not administer a second dose of meloxicam. Do not follow METACAM Solution for Injection dose with METACAM Oral Suspension or any other NSAID. As a class, cyclo-oxygenase inhibitory NSAIDs may be associated with gastrointestinal, kidney, or liver side effects. The most common side effects reported in field studies were vomiting and soft stool/diarrhea. These are usually mild, but may be serious. Pets should be evaluated for pre-existing conditions and currently prescribed medications prior to treatment with METACAM, then monitored regularly while on treatment. Concurrent use with another NSAID, corticosteroid, or nephrotoxic medication should be avoided. Click here to view the package insert for complete product information.