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Metacam (Meloxicam) Oral Suspension

Known as Metacam (Meloxicam) Oral Suspension in the UK

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Metacam (Meloxicam) Oral Suspension

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Oral Suspension For Dogs 0.5/15ml

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    Description

    Metacam (meloxicam) is a liquid medication used in dogs to manage pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis

    Directions

    Metacam is available in 0.5 mg/mL and 1.5 mg/mL oral suspensions. 

    Follow the instructions that come with your dog's Metacam prescription. If you have any questions or concerns about the prescription, talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist. 

    Dosing - Metacam 0.5 mg/mL

    Dogs weighing less than 1 pound: Shake well and take off the cap. Using the dropper bottle, place two drops for each pound of your dog's body weight directly onto your dog's food. Tightly put the cap back on the bottle after each use.

    Dogs weighing between 1 and 10 pounds: Shake well and take off the cap. You may use the dropper bottle or the measuring syringe that came with your dog's prescription. The measuring syringe fits onto the bottle. It has a scale that starts at 1 pound to deliver the daily maintenance dose (0.05 mg/pound). If you use the syringe, be sure to round your dog's weight down to the nearest 1 pound. Tightly put the cap back on the bottle after each use.

    Dogs weighing more than 10 pounds: Shake well and take off the cap. You may use the dropper bottle or the measuring syringe that came with your dog's prescription. The measuring syringe fits onto the bottle. It has a scale in pounds to deliver the daily maintenance dose (0.05 mg/pound). Be sure to round your dog's weight down to the nearest 1 pound when using the measuring syringe. You may drop the medication directly onto your dog's food or place it directly into your dog's mouth. Tightly put the cap back on the bottle after each use.

    Dosing - Metacam 1.5 mg/mL

    Dogs weighing less than 5 pounds: Shake well and take off the cap. Using the dropper bottle, place one drop for each pound of your dog's body weight directly onto your dog's food. Tightly put the cap back on the bottle after use.

    Dogs weighing between 5 and 10 pounds: Shake well and take off the cap. You may use the dropper bottle or the measuring syringe that came with your dog's prescription. The measuring syringe fits onto the bottle. It has a scale that starts at 5 pounds to deliver the daily maintenance dose (0.05 mg/pounds). If you use the syringe, be sure to round your dog's weight down to the nearest 5 pounds. Tightly put the cap back on the bottle after each use.

    Dogs weighing more than 10 pounds: Shake well and take off the cap. You may use the dropper bottle or the measuring syringe that came with your dog's prescription. The measuring syringe fits onto the bottle. It has a scale in pounds to deliver the daily maintenance dose (0.05 mg/pounds). If you use the syringe, be sure to round your dog's weight down to the nearest 5 pounds. You may drop the medication directly onto your dog's food or place it directly into your dog's mouth. Tightly put the cap back on the bottle after each use.

    Ingredients

    The active ingredient in Metacam is meloxicam, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

    Contraindications

    Do not use Metacam if your dog is allergic to meloxicam.

    Do not give Metacam to cats.

    Cautions

    • Do not give Metacam to humans. 
    • Before administering Metacam to your dog, tell your veterinarian about your dog's:
      • Allergies
      • Medications, including prescription, non-prescription, and supplements
      • Medical conditions, including stomach problems, liver problems, and kidney problems
      • Pregnancy status or if you plan to breed your dog
      • Nursing status

    Side Effects

    The most common side effects associated with Metacam include diarrhea, vomiting, and decreased appetite; however, these are not the only side effects that can be caused by Metacam. Contact your veterinarian right away if your dog develops concerning or persistent side effects. 

    You can buy Metacam oral suspension for your dog online at a competitive cost and with a valid prescription from your veterinarian at Canada Pharmacy.

    References:

    1. Metacam (meloxicam oral suspension) 0.5 mg/mL. Duluth, GA: Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc.; 2019.


    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 9453

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