• Metacam is a prescription medication manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim pharmaceutical company. It is a brand name for the drug "meloxicam". Other brand names include Mobic and Mobicox.


    Meloxicam is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) prescribed for animals and humans. The U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved a brand for humans in 2000 and for canines in 2003. The drug has been used for dogs since the late 1990s in Europe.


    Metacam relieves pain and decreases inflammation.


    Metacam is prescribed for your dog to treat disorders such as osteoarthritis, injuries, cancer and post-surgery pain, according to Wendy C. Brooks, DVM, an educational director for


    Metacam is available in pill and oral suspension forms. According to, the oral suspension should be stored at room temperature, between 59 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Side Effects

    According to Boehringer Ingelheim, common side effects include vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite. Other side effects include stomach ulcers, bleeding and kidney damage.


    You should test your dog every six months for liver and kidney function while on Metacam. Give your veterinarian a list of your dog's medications, such as steroids or phenobarbital, to avoid drug interactions.

    Source: Metacam Oral Suspension

    Boehringer Ingelheim: Metacam Frequently asked Questions

    VeterinaryPartner: Meloxicam (Metacam)

    More Information:

    MayoClinic: Meloxicam (Oral Route)

    Vetinfo: Arthritis in Dogs-Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

    American Veterinary Medical Association: Treating Pain in Your Dog

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