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METACAM® (meloxicam oral suspension) is a veterinary prescription non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that helps control pain and inflammation due to osteoarthritis (OA) in dogs 6 months and older. OA is a painful condition caused by “wear and tear” of cartilage and other parts of the joints that may result in the following changes or signs in your dog: Limping or lameness, reluctance to run or climb stairs, stiffness or decreased movement of joints. METACAM comes in a liquid form, so it’s easy for you to give with the syringe that’s provided in the box. You can mix METACAM with your dog’s food. Ask your veterinarian about METACAM for dogs living with OA pain to help them find relief and get them back to doing the things they love.

What is Metacam Oral Suspension?

METACAM® (meloxicam oral suspension) is a veterinary prescription non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that helps control pain and inflammation due to osteoarthritis (OA) in dogs 6 months and older.

Who is Metacam Oral Suspension for?

Metacam is intended for use in dogs six month of age or older.

Why use Metacam Oral Suspension?

Provides all-day relief to dogs suffering from osteoarthritis pain and inflammation. Comes with a graduated syringe, with weight measurements, that easily and accurately dispenses the correct amount of medication. Can be given directly into your dog's mouth, or mixed in with wet food. Safe to use in dogs over the age of 6 months.

How does Metacam Oral Suspension work?

Metacam works by reducing the hormones in a dog's body that can lead to inflammation and pain from arthritis due to age.


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How is Metacam Oral Suspension sold?

Sold by the bottle in 10 ml, 32 ml, 100 ml, or 180 ml in strength of 1.5 mg/ml or bottle size 15 ml or 30 ml in strength of 0.5 mg/ml.

What are the side effects of Metacam Oral Suspension?

The most common side effect of NSAIDs is stomach upset, but stomach ulcers may develop, in which case you may see loss of appetite; vomiting; diarrhea; dark, tarry or, bloody stools; or constipation. Side effects involving the kidney include increased thirst and urination, or changes in the urine color or smell. Side effects involving the liver include jaundice (yellowing of the gums, skin, or eyes). Other side effects may include pale gums, lethargy, shedding, incoordination, seizures, or behavioral changes. If any of these side effects are observed, stop treatment and contact your veterinarian. Please call your veterinarian and refer to prescribing information.

What special precautions are there?

Keep away from children and animals. METACAM (meloxicam oral suspension) is only approved for use in dogs only. The safe use of METACAM Oral Suspension in dogs younger than 6 months of age, dogs used for breeding, or pregnant or lactating dogs has not been evaluated. Not for use in animals who are hypersensitive (allergic) to meloxicam (Metacam), carprofen (Rimadyl), aspirin, etodolac (EtoGesic), deracoxib (Deramaxx), firocoxib (Previcox), tepoxalin (Zubrin), or other NSAIDs. Use with extreme caution and continued monitoring in geriatric animals and those with dehydration, diabetes mellitus, or stomach, intestinal, liver, heart, and blood disorders.

What to do if overdose?

Contact your closest emergency pet hospital.

How can I store Metacam Oral Suspension?

Store at controlled room temperature, 68-77°F (20-25°C). Excursions permitted between 59° and 86°F (15° and 30°C). Brief exposure to temperatures up to 104°F (40°C) may be tolerated provided the mean kinetic temperature does not exceed 77°F (25°C); however, such exposure should be minimized.

Helpful Tips:

Although arthritis cannot be cured, its symptoms can be treated and reduced. A combination of exercise, healthy diet, proper weight, joint care supplements, and an NSAID like Metacam can improve your dog's quality of life.

Pharmacists are standing by to offer Pet Parent counseling regarding prescription medication purchased from Allivet before and after dispensing. Pharmacists on duty are available Monday-Friday, 9:30AM - 5:30PM EST and will be on call Saturday 12:00PM - 4:00PM EST for consultation.


Carefully consider the potential benefits and risk of Metacam and other treatment options before deciding to use Metacam. Use the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration consistent with individual response. Metacam Oral Suspension should be administered initially at 0.09 mg/lb (0.2 mg/kg) body weight only on the first day of treatment. For all treatments after day 1, Metacam Oral Suspension should be administered once daily at a dose of 0.045 mg/lb (0.1 mg/kg). The syringe is calibrated to deliver the daily maintenance dose in pounds.

Main Ingredients

Meloxicam 1.5 mg/ml 

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