Metacam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug of the oxicam class, used to relieve the symptoms of arthritis, primary dysmenorrhea, fever; and as an analgesic, especially where there is an inflammatory component.

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metacamMetacam is a NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) used to treat canine and feline pain, fever and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, arthropathy, soft tissue injuries and fever. Metacam comes in oral or injectable form. Metacam is a popular choice with veterinarians as the drug has significantly less side-effects than other NSAIDs. It is also fast acting.


Metacam should not be administered to animals that are allergic to any of the drug's components, and/or those that suffer with stomach ulcers or Von Willebrand's disease. Metacam should not be administered to animals with kidney or liver disease, heart disease, dehydration, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), or to pregnant or lactating animals or animals using diuretics. Metacam should not be used in combination with other NSAIDs (e.g. steroids and aspirin) as stomach ulcers may develop. Liver and kidney functions of animals being treated with Metacam should be regularly checked.

Side Effects

While side-effects of Metacam are rare, the following have been reported: loss of appetite, pale gums, increased rate of breathing, depression, and jaundice. If Intestinal bleeding, peritonitis or papillary necrosis occur, your veterinarian should be contacted immediately as these conditions are serious.

Dosage Information

The starting dose of Metacam for canines is usually 0.1mg per pound of body weight. The flavored oral suspension can be administered with food or, if the dog is receptive, on its own. In the case treating feline pain or inflammation, Metacam is usually injected with a dose of 0.14mg per pound of body weight.

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