What is this medication used for
Meloxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for use in dogs. It is indicated for the treatment of pain and inflammation as a result of acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders such as disco-spondylosis, arthropathy and soft tissue injuries
Meloxicam is a prescription medication available as a plastic squeeze dropper bottle with a measuring syringe included in the package.
How this medication should be used
Shake well before use. The usual dose of meloxicam in dogs is 0.1mg/lb as a single initial dose. Treatment should be continued by giving 0.05mg/lb once a day as a maintenance dose. The medication can be given using the drop dispensing container or by using the included dose syringe that attaches to the bottle. Kidney and liver function should be monitored during treatment.
What are the side effects
Side effects include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dark or tarry stools and drowsiness Symptoms of an allergic reaction to this medication can include facial swelling, hives and rash.
What special precautions are there
This medication should not be used in animals allergic to meloxicam or other NSAIDS. It should not be used in animals with bleeding problems such as stomach ulcers and Von Willebrand’s disease. It should not be used in dogs with heart, kidney or liver disease. It should not be used in pregnant or lactating bitches in the last third of pregnancy. It should not be used in dogs that are dehydrated. It should not be used in dogs with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or those who are taking diuretics. This medication should not be given with other NSAIDS such as aspirin, etodolac or Rimadyl nor should it be given with corticosteroids such as prednisone. Give this medication with food. Always tell your veterinarian and pharmacist what other medications your pet is taking.
In the event of overdose
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms of overdose may include vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the stool, increased thirst and urination, incoordination, seizures or behavioral changes.
How should I store this medication
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store this medication at room temperature, away from excess heat, light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet.
The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.
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