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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

FAQs for dog owners

1. How long should my dog take METACAM ®?

Your veterinarian will recommend a treatment plan and may suggest that your dog try METACAM ® for a specific period of time. Your veterinarian may ask you to report back or return with your dog for a follow-up evaluation to determine if treatment should continue. Just like people who have arthritis, your dog will likely have to live with this condition for the rest of his life. You can feel comfortable giving METACAM ® knowing that it has been safely used to treat dogs with arthritis around the world for over 20 years.

2. How does METACAM ® work?

METACAM ® targets and relieves both the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. Relief from arthritis pain can help restore mobility, allowing your dog to return to many of the activities that you both previously enjoyed. Best of all, it can be given once daily, which provides a full 24 hours of relief.

3. Why can't I just give my dog aspirin?

Aspirin is a drug that is not approved for use in animals. Aspirin should not be given during METACAM ® therapy. Also, METACAM ® should not be given with other anti-inflammatory drugs or supplements. Be sure to tell your veterinarian about any other medications or supplements your dog is taking before beginning treatment with METACAM ®.

4. What more can I do to help manage my dog’s pain?

METACAM ® therapy is one of a number of things that may help relieve your dog’s arthritic pain. Your veterinarian may suggest a weight loss program or exercise regimen. Talk to your veterinarian before starting your dog on any weight loss or exercise plan. You can also help to make your dog as comfortable as possible by providing a soft place to sleep and keeping him or her warm. Performing massage and physical therapy on your dog as directed by your veterinarian can relieve joint stiffness and increase range of motion. In addition, raising food and water bowls to avoid neck strain, installing ramps to avoid your dog having to use stairs, putting non-skid runners on slippery surfaces, and other such supportive measures can help make daily activities less painful.