What dogs should not take METACAM?

Your dog should not be given METACAM if he/she:

  • Has had an allergic reaction to meloxicam, the active ingredient of METACAM.
  • Has had an allergic reaction (such as hives, facial swelling, or red or itchy skin) to aspirin or other NSAIDs.
  • Is presently taking aspirin, other NSAIDs, or corticosteroids (unless directed by your veterinarian).

Human warning

People should not take METACAM. Keep METACAM and all medication out of reach of children. Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take METACAM.

What are the possible side effects that may occur in my dog during METACAM therapy?

METACAM, like other drugs, may cause some side effects. Serious but rare side effects have been reported in dogs taking NSAIDs. Serious side effects can occur with or without warning and in rare situations result in death.

The most common NSAID-related side effects generally involve the stomach and liver or kidney problems. Look for the following side effects that can indicate your dog may be having a problem with METACAM or may have another medical problem:

  • Decrease or increase in appetite.
  • Vomiting.
  • Change in bowel movement (such as diarrhea, or black, tarry or bloody stools)
  • Change in behavior (such as decreased or increased activity level, incoordination, seizure or aggression).
  • Yellowing of gums, skin, or whites of the eyes (jaundice).
  • Change in drinking habits (frequency, amount consumed).
  • Change in urination habits (frequency, color, or smell).
  • Change in skin (redness, scabs, or scratching).

It is important to stop therapy and contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your dog has a medical problem or side effect from METACAM therapy. If you have additional questions about possible side effects, talk to your veterinarian.