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Metacam is a member of the class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs).  NSAIDs reduce inflammation and pain, making them an excellent choice in situations ranging from the treatment of postoperative or traumatic pain to more chronic conditions like arthritis.

What makes Metacam unique in comparison to other NSAIDs that are commonly used in veterinary medicine is that its oral formulation is a liquid rather than a pill.  For those “hard to pill” pets, the honey-flavored liquid can either be squirted directly into the mouth or mixed with a little canned food.

Metacam liquid comes in two strengths.  The 1.5 mg/ml formulation is better for larger dogs while the 0.5 mg/ml strength is ideal for small pets.  Although oral Metacam is labeled for canine use only in the United States, it has been used in Europe to provide pain relief to cats for years.  Many American veterinarians are now starting to prescribe Metacam to their feline patients as well.  Cats are very sensitive to the side effects of any NSAID, so make sure you follow your veterinarian’s dosing and monitoring recommendations to the letter.

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