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Metacam for Dogs

What is metacam for dogs?

In many cases a Veterinarian may prescribe metacam for a dog that has arthritis, chronic musculoskeletal disorders. The reason for that is because metacam is an anti-inflammatory that does not have steroids in it. Metacam is commonly used to help reduce inflammation, and treat chronic pain in dogs. There are cases where a dog that has been taking metacam has had side effects such as, diarrhea, loss in appetite, and dark stool. There are also different types of symptoms to an allergic reaction like rashes, swelling in the dogs face, and sometimes even hives. You can read below for more information on metacam for dogs where the thousands of Experts have answered frequently asked questions.

Is there an over the counter medication that can be used instead of Metacam? Or is there a human form of Metacam that can be used for a dog?

The medication metacam is in a group of its own, most likely there is not anything over the counter that is the same as metacam. Metacam is a non- steroidal that is usually given to a dog for pain and to reduce inflammation. There are some NSAID’s (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) that are given to humans but in many cases these can be harmful to dogs. The human version of metacam may cause your dog to have kidney failure, stomach ulcers or other harmful side effects. Most likely using the veterinary prescribed medication may be safer and more effective than the human over the counter medication.

Is there anything other than metacam that can be given to a dog for arthritis pain?

There are several different types of medications that can be given to a dog for arthritis; most likely the more helpful and least costly would be buffered aspirin. Individuals most likely can find buffered aspirin at the local stores; this aspirin is usually very efficient when it comes to easing arthritis pain. Generally the expected dose would be one pill for every 60 pounds; this can be given around every 6 hours. When giving a dog this medication there may be a downfall, individuals might have to raise the dosage and how often the dog receives the aspirin. The dog might become immune to the aspirin which may be why individuals would have to raise the dose. Pet owners may want to feed the dog a small meal when giving the aspirin due to the fact that aspirin may be harsh on the dog’s stomach or intestines.

Why would a vet not prescribe a dog more metacam without having blood test done first?

There are many reasons why a vet would want to run blood test on a dog. Generally the vet is trying to keep in mind what is best for the dog. When a dog is prescribed a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory to help keep pain under control the medicine may be harmful on the dog’s liver and/or kidneys. It sounds as if the vet maybe wanting to check and see if the dosage is doing any damage to the dog’s liver or kidneys. This maybe a way for the vet to determine if the dog will need to stay on the same dosage, or if the dosage needs to be lowered in order to prevent liver or kidney disease.

Can a dog take metacam and vitamin C at the same time? If so what would be the recommended dosage for the vitamin C?

In many cases it may be safe for a dog to take vitamin C and metacam at the same time. Generally the dosage for medicine is established by weight. For vitamin C the most likely dose would be around 10 milligram for every pound the dog weighs.

When someone is prescribed medication for their dog, it can be normal for one to question if it is the right dose, or whether there is something better for their dog. Prescriptions can be confusing which can make it nerve racking to give, especially if the dog does not like taking the tablet or pill. If you find you still need more information on metacam for dogs you can contact the thousands of Experts for fast and reliable answers.
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