As a dog ages, it may experience pain and stiffness in their joints, just like humans can experience, due to arthritic or muscle pain. Meloxicam is a prescription for humans that is often prescribed for dogs with arthritic pains. Meloxicam is an anti-inflammatory medication that is non-steriodal and used to reduce pain, inflammation or stiffness. In dogs, it's commonly used as a painkiller for illnesses such as arthritis or cancer, or recovery from a surgery. Meloxicam is similar to over-the-counter pain medications such as Advil, however like other NSAID (non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs), it has a few side effect warnings.
Meloxicam dosage for dogs
Meloxicam is not available without a prescription, and your pet's veterinarian will inform you of the correct dosage for your dog. You should follow their instructions exactly and give the prescribed dosage to your pet. Meloxicam is sold in 7.5 mg tablets. The typical dose prescribed is .1 milligram per pound of body weight of the dog initially, then 0.05 milligram per pound of body weight thereafter. Meloxicam is also available in an injectable liquid form to give to your dog orally. The liquid version has a pleasurable taste to animals and is easier to administer to your pet.
Side effects of meloxicam in dogs
Side effects that may occur with the use of meloxicam include nausea, vomiting, weight loss, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloody stools, rapid weight gain, fatigue or weakness. You may notice yellowing of the eyes or your dog excessively scratching an itch. If your pet displays any of these side effects, stop the medication immediately and consult your veterinarian. Serious attention is required if your dog suffers difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth or face, hives or mouth sores. These side effects could be potentially life-threatening and need immediate attention. Dogs with heart effects or kidney problems should not take Meloxicam, therefore, it's important to talk to your doctor before giving your dog Meloxicam if you currently have a prescription. Meloxicam can be a great pain reliever to your dog, provided you take precaution and heed your veterinarian’s instructions.