Osteoarthritis treatment

How can I help my dog feel better?

Today, there are many treatments available to help dogs with osteoarthritis (OA). Although it cannot be cured, OA can be effectively managed with pain-relieving medicines and supportive therapies.

Among the types of medications that have made OA treatment more promising in recent years are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs are used to relieve joint pain, inflammation, and swelling to make it easier and less painful for dogs to move. METACAM is an NSAID that has enabled dogs worldwide to live more comfortable lives for over 20 years.1 A honey-flavored liquid, METACAM can be easily applied right on your dog's food or administered directly into your dog's mouth from the measuring syringe. One small dose of METACAM provides effective pain relief to help restore a dog's mobility all day long.

Of course, METACAM is just one part of the solution. Work with your veterinarian to determine the best program to manage your dog's OA.

Your management program may include:

  • Controlling your dog's weight through diet and exercise
  • Ensuring a comfortable living environment
  • Performing physical therapy and massage
  • Making daily activities easier and less painful
  • Managing any other medical problems that exist

Reference: 1. Data on file, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: METACAM Oral Suspension is only approved for use in dogs. Like any medication, nonsteroidal 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.