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METACAM ® for pain relief

Managing arthritic pain with METACAM ®

When your dog starts METACAM ® treatment, you will likely notice an increase in your dog's activity level once the spark is back; your dog may be more energetic and want to do more physically, just like he used to do. It's important to remember that exercise should be increased slowly in order to rebuild lost muscle mass. Frequent, gentle walks help improve mobility and strength. Talk to your veterinarian about how much activity is best for your dog.

Also keep in mind that, as with all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), side effects may occur. These are rare and usually mild but may be serious. The most common side effects are vomiting and soft stool or diarrhea. You should have your dog checked for pre-existing medical conditions; before beginning treatment your veterinarian will perform a thorough history and physical examination that may include laboratory tests before starting your dog on METACAM®. As with all medications, talk to your veterinarian if your dog is taking other medications, is pregnant, or if you plan to breed your dog. It's important to monitor your dog during therapy. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your dog has a medical problem or side effect from taking METACAM ®. Click here to view the package insert for complete product information.

If you notice any of the following signs in your dog during treatment, stop further administration of the drug and call your veterinarian:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Black, tarry-colored stools
  • Eating less, change in drinking
  • Change in urination habits (frequency, color, smell)
  • Skin redness, scabs, or scratching
  • Yellowing of the gums, skin, or whites of the eyes
  • Lack of coordination
  • Negative behavior changes such as lethargy, depression, or aggression

It is important that you never give your dog more or less METACAM® than your veterinarian prescribes. Used properly, METACAM® will help keep your dog pain-free and help him lead a more comfortable life.