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Meloxicam

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Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Level of toxicity: Generally moderate to severe

Common signs to watch for:

  • Vomiting
  • Bloody vomitus
  • Diarrhea
  • Black-tarry stool
  • Inappetance
  • Lethargy
  • Inappropriate urination or thirst
  • General malaise
  • Abdominal pain
  • Seizures

Meloxicam, more commonly known by its trade mark name Metacam, is a veterinary-specific non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is commonly used for osteoarthritis, inflammation, and pain control in both dogs and cats. In cats, it is only typically recommended for use as a one-time administration (e.g., around the time of surgery) unless otherwise directed by a veterinarian. When ingested in toxic amounts, NSAIDs can result in severe gastric ulceration and acute kidney failure. Signs of toxicity include vomiting, diarrhea, bloody vomitus, black-tarry stool, inappetance, lethargy, inappropriate urination or thirst, general malaise, abdominal pain, and seizures or death.

If you suspect your dog or cat was poisoned by an NSAID, call your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline immediately for life-saving treatment advice. The sooner you treat this, the less expensive and less dangerous to your pet it is!

Poison type: Medications

Alternate names: Metacam