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Metacam (Meloxicam) Oral Suspension For Dogs

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Metacam is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory prescription medication used to help pets who suffer from a degenerative or inflammatory joint condition, such as arthritis. It helps alleviate pain, allowing your pet to live a happier and healthier life, plus it comes in an oral suspension form, so you can easily give it to your pet by using the syringe provided. Best of all, you can even disguise it in your pal's favorite wet food.


For the control of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.

Possible Side Effects

Please contact your veterinarian if the following adverse reactions occur: gastrointestinal abnormalities, such as vomiting, soft stools, diarrhea and lack of appetite.

Drug & Food Interactions

Pets with known hypersensitivity to Meloxicam should not receive Metacam Oral Suspension. Do not use Metacam Oral Suspension in cats. Acute renal failure and death have been associated with the use of meloxicam in cats.


The safe use of Metacam Oral Suspension in dogs younger than 6 months of age, dogs used for breeding, or in pregnant or lactating dogs has not been evaluated. Meloxicam is not recommended for use in dogs with bleeding disorders, as safety has not been established in dogs with these disorders.

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    Boehringer Ingelheim
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    Pain, Joint Pain/Arthritis
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Recommended Dosage

Consult your veterinarian for proper dosing instructions. This drug should be initially administered at 0.09 mg/lb (0.2 mg/kg) body weight. After the first day of treatment, it should be given once daily at a dosage of 0.045 mg/lb (0.1 mg/kg).

Storage Instructions

Store at controlled room temperatures 68° - 77°F.


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 osteoarthritis, 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 osteoarthritis around the world for over 20 years.

How does Metacam work?

Metacam targets and relieves both the pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis. 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.

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 such as cortisone, Rimadyl (carprofen), ibuprofen, Previcox (firocoxib), or Deramaxx (deracoxib). Be sure to tell your veterinarian about any other medications your dog is taking before beginning treatment with Metacam.

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 osteoarthritis 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.

Why does Metacam come in an oral liquid form rather than a pill or tablet?

Just as many children's medicines come in liquid rather than pill form, liquid Metacam is designed to make it easier to administer the right dose to dogs. Metacam Oral Suspension is made in a smooth liquid form so that dog owners can dispense it easily from the syringe. Because it's liquid, it is easy to adjust the dose in small increments using the measuring syringe, with a precision unavailable from a rigid tablet. It is easily applied to the dog's food or given directly into the dog's mouth. Moreover, liquid Metacam is readily absorbed by dogs. And, dogs love the sweet honey-flavored taste. Metacam, the first NSAID available as an oral suspension, offers a highly convenient treatment option to dog owners and allows for accurate dosing for any size dog—something that chewable tablets cannot always achieve.

Can Metacam be used in very small dogs?

Even small-breed dogs get osteoarthritis. That's why a special low-concentration Metacam Oral Suspension for small dogs was developed.

What is the best number to call regarding any specific product questions?

For any specific product questions, please call Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health’s customer service line number at 1-888-637-4251.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Gives our dog new life

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    our senior doxie just started to develop arthritis in his hips, a very small dose of this and he's moving around like there is no issue! We have been able to go from daily to every other day before he starts to show signs of discomfort. We also have him on an anti-inflammatory diet and have done hydrotherapy to make the muscles stronger for him.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Helps arthritis inflammation so much

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    Our dog Abby strained her joints and was in pain. Our vet recommended Metacam for her and within a half hour of dosage, she was feeling much better. She has healed from the injury and with the help of this wonderful medication feels great.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Lelu - my 12 yr old dog

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    Really helps my dog to be able to move her leg and walk around and has little side effects. I would definitely recommend it for your pet if they have pain.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Ridiculous price

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    My doctor gave me this medication and it was $37.00 and only lasted 10 days. Therefore I cannot afford it.

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  • 2 out of 5 stars

    Please read

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    This is the second review I have left on the service I received. Did you read the first?

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    It works for all my dogs

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    I got it for my dogs. 3 of which took it. 1 for arthritis, one for wonky knees and one daily for an enlarged prostrate due to cancer tumors. The last did pass away last friday, but it bought us 3 months.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    metacam for bone cancer

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    The price for the metacam was better than the Vet. Is it the exact same product? Why can you sell it for less. I'm very sad that I have to buy this product. I know in the long run it will harm him. This product seems to help with the pain. My wonderful dog doesn't deserve cancer neither do any other dogs.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Works Great with no side effects

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    I've been using this for years. We rescue all breeds, so playtime can cause bumps and bruises. It is wonderful that Chewy has this available, since right now traveling to my veterinarian is a challenge. I prefer the liquid to the pill, in this house it seems to work quicker and more effectively.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Med Quality, fast shipping and great service

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    This is for a senior rabbit as part of the arthritis treatment/regimen. Much inexpensive than through the vet and last longer without the need of re-fillings each month. Very satisfied with Chewy's expedient/shipping and customer service.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, But Too Little

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    Metacam isn’t great for elder pups. Relieves pain of arthritis and growing older. Goof for my 15 YO Yorkie. But this bottle is minuscule and will require me to order again almost immediately. You will need a bigger size!!

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