While dogs experience pain just like you or me, they don’t often show it. That's why it’s up to your veterinarian to try to identify and minimize pain and increase comfort by offering pain medication.
Just like people, many dogs suffer from osteoarthritis (OA). Also known as degenerative joint disease, OA is a condition in which the joints become inflamed, swollen, and painful. Dogs with mild OA may have slight stiffness of the joints. Those with more severe disease may have limping and lameness. Sadly, most osteoarthritic dogs have some loss of mobility due to pain. The bones and joints most commonly affected are the hips, knees, elbows, shoulders, and spine.
The good news is that veterinarians can prescribe METACAM for dogs living with OA pain to help them find relief and get them back to doing the things they love.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: METACAM Oral Suspension is only approved for use in dogs. The safe use of METACAM Oral Suspension in dogs younger than 6 months of age, dogs used for breeding, or pregnant or lactating dogs has not been evaluated. Of course, like any medication, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as METACAM may cause side effects. The most common side effects are vomiting and soft stool or diarrhea. These are usually mild and affect primarily the gastrointestinal system, but more serious side effects can occur. Therefore, NSAIDs should only be administered under the direction of a licensed professional. If you notice side effects in your dog during treatment, stop the drug and call your veterinarian. Click here to view the package insert for complete product information.