Metacam oral suspension1.5mg/ml is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug to be used in canines.
WHAT THIS PRODUCT CURES
Metacam is used to reduce the inflammation and pain caused by osteoarthritis.
Arthritis not only affects humans but pets as well. Pain, inability to move joints properly, muscle weakness are all common symptoms which follow this condition of the bones. Arthritis commonly affects pets of older age as the bones and cartilage weaken over time. A pet with arthritis is a pet in need of veterinary help. Arthritis can prevent dogs and cats from activities in the normal life style, leading to depression, inability to stand, inability to relieve themselves in appropriate locations, and several other routine daily activities.
Arthritis is most common in dogs and cats of older age. When a mammal is young, the bones are filled with red bone marrow. Blood cells are actually produced in the bones and constantly replace the old blood cells with new. The blood cells nourish the bones and the growing body they must support. However once the body has finished growing it no longer needs the vigorous supply of new blood cells. Age after age the cells will decrease in production until eventually the bones will contain yellow bone marrow. This yellow marrow is composed of cells made up of fats. The red bone marrow is still present but resides to larger bones of the body such as the pelvis. Not only does this process lead to arthritis but easy bone break as well.
The second cause of arthritis is due to damage of the cartilage. Cartilage is a formation of connective tissues to aid as cushions to the joints. However just as a cushion of a couch breaks down over years of wear, so does the cartilage. As the cartilage wears down the bones begin to rub on each other causing inflammation and a great deal of pain. Pets which are suffering from illness, disease, malnutrition, obesity, or calcium deficiencies are at a higher risk in developing arthritis at an earlier age.
Arthritis can prevent dogs and cats from activities in the normal life style, leading to depression, inability to stand, inability to relieve themselves in appropriate locations, and several other routine daily activities.
PETS WITH ALIMENT
RELATIVE INFO ON BREED MOST ASSOCIATED WITH THIS AILMENT
Arthritis can affect a variety of dog breeds. Dog breeds most commonly affected by this aliment includes; the Finish Spitz, Labrador retriever, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, chow chow, cavalier king Charles Spaniel, and Irish Water Spaniel.
QUESTIONS FOR MY VET
1. What adverse effects from the product should I be aware of?
Side effects which could be noted by a pet owner include; diarrhea, vomiting, stomach upset, appetite decrease, or an adverse allergy.
2. What should I do if my pet has adverse effects from product?
Discontinue use and seek the care of a veterinary professional promptly.
3. Can this product cause an allergic reaction in my pet?
Symptoms of an allergic reaction to the drug include; hives, excessive drinking, and irregular breathing patterns. Other possible side effects include; cataracts, seizures, convulsions, lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting and decreased appetite.
4. Can I administer this product with my pet’s food?
NSAIDs can be given with food if pet develops sensitivity to the product.
5. My dog has a bleeding disorder, can I administer this product?
No. this product will worsen the bleeding disorder.
FDA restricts this product from being used by anyone other than a licensed veterinarian.
The product must not be accessible to children.
This product is meant to be used for dogs only.
This product has not been tested for use in pregnant or lactating females.
Product label content should be read thoroughly as patients taking additional prescription medications are at risk of counter reactions.
Animals: Not labeled for use in cats.
Humans: Not intended for human use. Avoid contact with skin, eyes, and mucus membranes while handling this product. Contact a Poison Control Center or physician immediately in case of accidental ingestion
PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL HAZARDS:
If Swallowed: Contact a poison control center immediately as emergency care may be needed. Do not encourage personnel to vomit substance unless directed by poison control center representative.
Storage & Disposal
Storage: Store product at room temperature 15°C - 30°C (59°F - 86°F).
Disposal: Empty containers should be disposed of as directed and never re-used. Recycling or garbage disposal is viable as directed upon product label. Consult a medical waste agency for directions to depose of remaining drug and container. Contact 1-800-CLEANUP1-800-CLEANUP for additional information.
BRAND VS GENERIC COMPARISON
Meloxicam is the generic name for Metacam. Meloxicam reduces inflammation due to arthritis without the use of hormones. These products contain the same active ingredient but cost less and can contain more per container.