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Meloxidyl Oral Suspension
Non-Steroidal – Anti-Inflammatory For Dogs
Meloxidyl Oral Suspension (meloxicam), generic Metacam, is a once-a-day non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication for 24 hour relief from pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in dogs. Meloxidyl is a sweetened suspension readily accepted by dogs. Meloxidyl is convenient to administer and allows a precise dosage.
Every bottle of Meloxidyl includes 2 dosing syringes: a small syringe (blue print) for dogs under 15 lbs, and a large syringe (green print) for dogs over 15 lbs. The dosing syringes allow for precise dose of NSAIDs needed down to the pound.
Dosage and Administration: Carefully consider the potential benefits and risk of Meloxidyl and other treatment options before deciding to use Meloxidyl. Use the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration consistent with individual response. Meloxidyl Oral Suspension should be administered initially at 0.09 mg/lb (0.2 mg/kg) body weight only on the first day of treatment. For all treatments after day 1, Meloxidyl Oral Suspension should be administered once daily at a dose of 0.045 mg/lb (0.1 mg/kg). The syringes are calibrated to deliver the daily maintenance dose in pounds.
Dogs under 15 lbs (6.8 kg):
Shake well before use, then remove cap. Meloxidyl Oral Suspension can be given either mixed with food or placed directly into the mouth. Particular care should be given with regard to the accuracy of dosing. To prevent accidental overdosing of small dogs, only use the small dosing syringe. The large syringe provided cannot be used to measure doses for dogs weighing less than 15 lbs (6.8 kg). For dogs less than 15 lbs, use the small dosing syringe (blue print) provided in the package (see dosing procedure below). The small dosing syringe fits onto the bottle and has dosing marks at 0.5 lb, then in 1 lb increments (ranging from 1 to 14 lbs), designed to deliver the daily maintenance dose of 0.05 mg/lb (0.1 mg/kg).
For dogs less than l lb (0.45 kg), Meloxidyl can be given using the 0.5 mark on the small dosing syringe.
For dogs between 1 – 14 lbs, Meloxidyl can be given using the marks on the small dosing syringe, beginning at 1 lb and ending at 14 lbs. When using the small dosing syringe, the dog’s weight should be rounded down to the nearest 1 lb increment. Replace and tighten cap after use.
Dogs 15 lbs (6.8 kg) and over
Shake well before use, then remove cap. Meloxidyl may be either mixed with food or placed directly into the mouth. Particular care should be given with regard to the accuracy of dosing. For dogs 15 lbs or greater, use the large dosing syringe (green print) provided in the package (see dosing procedure below). The large dosing syringe fits on to the bottle and has dosing marks in 5 lb increments (ranging from 5 to 140 lbs), designed to deliver the daily maintenance dose of 0.05 mg/lb (0.1 mg/kg). When using the large syringe, the dog’s weight should be rounded down to the nearest 5 lb increment. Replace and tighten cap after use.
Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian
Contraindications: Dogs with known hypersensitivity to meloxicam should not receive Meloxidyl Oral Suspension. Do not use in cats.
Precautions: The safe use of Meloxidyl Oral Suspension in dogs younger than 6 months of age, dogs used for breeding, or in pregnant or lactating dogs has not been evaluated. Meloxicam is not recommended for use in dogs with bleeding disorders, as safety has not been established in dogs with these disorders.
Meloxicam, like other NSAIDs, is not free from adverse reactions. Owners should be advised of the potential for adverse reactions and be informed of the clinical signs associated with NSAID intolerance. Adverse reactions may include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, decreased appetite and behavioral changes. Dog owners should contact their veterinarian immediately if possible adverse reactions are observed, and dog owners should be advised to discontinue Meloxidyl therapy.