If your veterinarian has recommended a prescription of Metacam to help ease the pain and discomfort that is accompanying your dog’s arthritis, you may be concerned about and potential side effects. Here is a guide to best understand how Metacam for dogs can be effective.
What Is Metacam
Metacam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, also known as an NSAID, and it is generally prescribed to relieve the joint pain that accompanies arthritis. By decreasing the inflammation in your dog’s joints, Metacam reduces the accompanying pain. Metacam inhibits several enzymes during the course of treatment – one of these enzymes is responsible for the regulation of the blood supply to your dog’s kidneys and GI tract. The inhibition of this enzyme can result in severe side effects to your dog’s kidneys and stomach, which could ultimately lead to the tragic death of your beloved pet.
Being fully aware of what to look for in side effects can help you to avoid the loss of your dog. Thankfully Metacam has a solid history of providing safe and effective treatment to dogs.
Known Side Effects
The most frequently seen side effects of Metacam for dogs includes upset stomach (which could include vomiting and diarrhea), lethargy, loss of appetite, abdominal bleeding, kidney and liver damage.
- The majority of the side effects that your dog will experience will be temporary, often lasting no more than a week. Offering your dog his medication with his dinner could help to reduce the nausea and vomiting that can accompany a daily dose of Metacam.
- Be sure to contact your vet if your dog seems overly lethargic and doesn’t eat or drink for longer than forty-eight hours.
- The leading cause of death from a side effect of Metacam for dogs is kidney failure so if you notice that your dog is drinking and urinating more frequently than usual be sure to contact your vet. Try to encourage your dog to drink until you are able to get him to the vet for proper treatment – withholding water could cause a rapid shut down of his kidneys.
While there are certainly popular alternative treatments instead of offering Metacam for dogs, the reality is that there is no cure for dog’s with arthritis. There are certainly natural alternative treatments that can work in conjunction with the Metacam; Devil’s Claw and Salmon’s oil are natural alternatives that can help to ease the discomfort and misery that go along with arthritis. Be certain to check with your veterinarian before offering natural treatments to your dog – while it is generally safe to include natural options with Metacam for dogs, it is always a good idea to have approval from your vet.
To further help keep your dog’s joints from causing him excessive discomfort be sure to keep him on a regular exercise routine that keeps him moving. A daily walk that avoids jumping about can help to keep his joints fluid; don’t forget to provide your pup with a warm and comfortable bed to sleep on during the winter months – a hot water bottle can also add an extra layer of comfort for your dog.