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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.

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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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    Metacam is a life saver for my 17 year old

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    I get metacam for my 17 year old jack russell its like the difference between night and day for her. Without it my little Angel can barely walk but with it, she gets along just fine

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    Tender Loving Care

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    The Customer Care persons & Pharmacy Staff care for my Fur Babies as if they are their own. Speaking with my Vet, explaining to me, and shipping out in a timely manner. Chewy has cared for my boys as much as I love them Thank you Chewy

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    Helps but syringe poorly scaled for small dog

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    This NSAID is helping my dogs inflammation due to prostate cancer and he likes the taste. My only complaint is that the syringe measurements are hard to feel confident with in the lower doses. It is such a small amount at the tip of the syringe that I am hoping he’s getting what he is supposed to.

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    Have used this on 2 dogs. It has been miraculous . I had been getting it at local pharmacy but Chewys was more economical.

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    Use brand name

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    The generic drug I was using became unavailable so I switched back to the brand name which seems to work much better and at a lower dose.

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    Just what the doctor ordered

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    This is a good product that helps my little guy get relief. The price is a bonus. He will need this all his life and Chewy pricing makes it possible to provide this for him.

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    Good price

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    Happy to find this at Chewy - much better price than from the vet

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    Can’t praise Chewy enough!

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    My 13 yr Labradoodle had been on another medication for her arthritis which I got through Chewy promptly. My vet changed her med to Metacam and this did the trick! The bottle is so easy to fit the syringe and fill to the correct dose for my dog’s weight. The personalized service is wonderful! Every customer service rep I have spoken to made me feel like we were “friends”. Thank you Chewy for the friendly, knowledgeable and helpful customer reps and prompt deliveries! (A VERY SPECIAL THANKS FOR A HEARTWARMING SURPRISE WE RECEIVED!) DOODLE MOM & DAD

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    Great Service

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    I made a mistake in the dosage I ordered vs the dosage ordered by my Vet. Chewy was quick to resolve the issue and delivery was prompt. This is a very good anti-inflammatory drug for my aging dog.

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