In this article, we will talk about meloxicam, how it helps dogs, and the meloxicam side effects in dogs.
What Is Meloxicam?
Meloxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Brand names of meloxicam include Metacam, Rheumocam, OroCam, and Loxicom.
How Does Meloxicam Helps Dogs?
We use meloxicam when we want to treat stiffness, pain, and inflammation in dogs. These are usually the symptoms of health issues such as bone disorder, muscle disorder, osteoarthritis, etc. Meloxicam can also help dogs that suffer from post-surgical pain as well as dogs that suffer from chronic or acute pain and inflammation.
Dossage Of Meloxicam For Dogs
Don’t give meloxicam to your dog without contacting your vet first. The vet will determine if the dog needs meloxicam as well as the proper dosage for your dog.
The vet determines the dosage based on the dog’s weight. For example, a dog should receive .09 to 0.1mg of meloxicam per one pound of weight on the first day. After the initial treatment, the dog will orally receive between .045 to 0.05mg per pound.
The main goal is to achieve the best possible results with the lowest possible dosage. Therefore, the vet may change, increase or decrease dosage based on your dog’s response.
Meloxicam can come in the form of tablets, as an injectable solution, or as a liquid, you can add to your dog’s food.
Meloxicam Side Effects In Dogs
There are several meloxicam side effects in dogs. The most common are:
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Bloody stool
- Increased urination
- Blood in vomit
- Stomach ulcers
- Increased thirst
- Yellowing of the eyes, gums, or skin
Also, there is always a risk of allergic reaction which can lead to anaphylaxis and anaphylactic shock.
Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction to the poison, food, or medication. It can occur within minutes of exposure and may cause death. Usual symptoms of anaphylaxis are itchy rash, shortness of breath, vomiting. Therefore, if you notice one or more of these symptoms after you gave your dog meloxicam, take him to the vet immediately.