Originally Posted by SherylM
I would have to say that I don't believe that Metacam is very safe. When Jack was on Metacam for an extended period of time he had to have his blood tested every 6 months to make sure his liver and kidney function was normal. Metacam is hard on their organs and can cause big problems if not monitored closely. That is why is chose to go the natural route with him.
Believe me if a natural route works I say go for it. However many times supplements simply don’t work. It’s the same thing as an elderly person suffering from arthritis. You probably wouldn’t tell your grandmother to take a vitamin and leave it at that. The difference is our dogs hide their pain so we have no idea how they are really feeling.
I discussed this at length with more than one vetinarian. Sometimes people get too freaked out about giving their dog’s meds and then the dog ends up suffering unnecessarily.
And just because there are risks of possible side effects (as with any drug) does not mean it isn’t safe. One does not equal the other.
I just hate to see an animal suffer due to a mostly unfounded human fear. Especially when the person, who makes the decision for the dog, usually wouldn’t think twice about taking a Motrin when they have a headache or any other med a human dr was to prescribe them.
Of course Meloxicam/ Metacam should be avoided in patients with impaired function of the liver, kidney or heart. It should also be avoided in dehydrated patients and patients with known GI ulcers. But for a healthy dog the benefits usually outweigh any potential risks.
The most important thing is to have a good vet who you can discuss the risks vs. benefits in regards to your particular dog.