Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

FAQs for dog owners

1. How long should my dog take METACAM?

Your veterinarian will recommend a treatment plan and may suggest that your dog try METACAM for a specific period of time. Your veterinarian may ask you to report back or return with your dog for a follow-up evaluation to determine if treatment should continue. Just like people who have osteoarthritis, your dog will likely have to live with this condition for the rest of his life. You can feel comfortable giving METACAM knowing that it has been safely used to treat dogs with osteoarthritis around the world for over 20 years.

2. How does METACAM work?

METACAM targets and relieves both the pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis. Relief from arthritis pain can help restore mobility, allowing your dog to return to many of the activities that you both previously enjoyed. Best of all, it can be given once daily, which provides a full 24 hours of relief.

3. Why can't I just give my dog aspirin?

Aspirin is a drug that is not approved for use in animals. Aspirin should not be given during METACAM therapy. Also, METACAM should not be given with other anti-inflammatory drugs such as cortisone, Rimadyl® (carprofen), ibuprofen, Previcox® (firocoxib), or Deramaxx® (deracoxib). Be sure to tell your veterinarian about any other medications your dog is taking before beginning treatment with METACAM.

4. What more can I do to help manage my dog’s pain?

METACAM therapy is one of a number of things that may help relieve your dog’s osteoarthritis pain. Your veterinarian may suggest a weight loss program or exercise regimen. Talk to your veterinarian before starting your dog on any weight loss or exercise plan. You can also help to make your dog as comfortable as possible by providing a soft place to sleep and keeping him or her warm. Performing massage and physical therapy on your dog as directed by your veterinarian can relieve joint stiffness and increase range of motion. In addition, raising food and water bowls to avoid neck strain, installing ramps to avoid your dog having to use stairs, putting non-skid runners on slippery surfaces, and other such supportive measures can help make daily activities less painful.

5. Why does METACAM come in an oral liquid form rather than a pill or tablet?

Just as many children's medicines come in liquid rather than pill form, liquid METACAM is designed to make it easier to administer the right dose to dogs. METACAM Oral Suspension is made in a smooth liquid form so that dog owners can dispense it easily from the syringe. Because it's liquid, it is easy to adjust the dose in small increments using the measuring syringe, with a precision unavailable from a rigid tablet. It is easily applied to the dog's food or given directly into the dog's mouth. Moreover, liquid METACAM is readily absorbed by dogs. And, dogs love the sweet honey-flavored taste. METACAM, the first NSAID available as an oral suspension, offers a highly convenient treatment option to dog owners and allows for accurate dosing for any size dog—something that chewable tablets cannot always achieve.

6. Can METACAM be used in very small dogs?

Even small-breed dogs get osteoarthritis. That's why a special low-concentration METACAM Oral Suspension for small dogs was developed.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: METACAM Oral Suspension is only approved for use in dogs. 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.

FAQs for cat owners

1. Is METACAM safe for cats?

Yes, METACAM Solution for Injection is proven safe for use in cats when administered in the clinic prior to surgery when used at the labeled dose. In a 3-day safety study when METACAM was administered at up to 5 times the recommended dose, cats tolerated the medication well and no serious side effects were observed. METACAM Oral Suspension is not approved for use in cats.

2. Is METACAM used the same way in cats as it is in dogs?

No. Although METACAM is designed to relieve pain and inflammation in cats as well as in dogs, the situations in which you use METACAM are different for both. In dogs, METACAM treats pain associated with osteoarthritis. In cats, METACAM is used as a single injection before certain surgeries (spay, neuter, orthopedic surgeries) to make cats more comfortable during recovery.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR METACAM INJECTABLE: 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 meloxicam 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.