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Metacam Anti-inflammatory for Cats, Dogs, Guinea Pigs and Horses

Metacam is an anti-inflammatory medication that provides pain relief for animals with either acute or chronic conditions, such as arthritis. This medication is prescription-only and is available to buy as both an oral suspension for cats, dogs, guinea pigs and horses, or as chewable tablets (dogs only).


What is Metacam?

Metacam is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim, a family-owned pharmaceutical company with decades worth of experience and innovation in human and animal health. The active ingredient in the anti-inflammatory drug, Metacam, is Meloxicam, which was developed and then patented by Boehringer Ingelheim in 1977 and is now one of the most popular medicines in the UK to treat arthritis in dogs and cats. Today, Metacam for dogs and cats is available as an oral suspension for cats, dogs, guinea pigs and horses, and as a chewable tablet for dogs.

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What is Metacam Used For? 

Metacam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and painkiller used to treat both long and short-term pain in pets, such as arthritis or an injury. The oral suspension has a palatable honey flavour to help with oral administration and the chewable Metacam tablets for dogs have a meaty flavour for those fussy eaters. 

Please note, Metacam is a prescription-only medication for animals and should only be given to your pet following an official vet diagnosis and by following your vet’s advice. Visit our prescription page for more information about ordering prescription medications with us. 

Possible Metacam Side Effects

In the majority of cases, Metacam is well tolerated by pets, although there are still some possible side effects. These may include: 

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhoea 
  • Blood in stool
  • Unusual tiredness 
  • Problems with kidneys. 

If your pet shows any of these side effects, or you are concerned about your pet while they are being treated with Metacam, contact your vet who will advise you as to whether you should continue your pet’s treatment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Quickly Does Metacam Work?

Yes! All Royal Canin pet foods are formulated with the aid of a veterinary nutritionist who can ensure that the vitamins, minerals and ingredients in the food are high-quality to give your pet the bet nutrition possible.

Is Metacam a Painkiller?

 Yes. Metacam is both a painkiller and an anti-inflammatory medication.

Can I Get Metacam Without a Prescription?

No. Metacam is a prescription-only medication and can only be purchased with a valid prescription from your vet. Always be wary of any supplier offering Metacam without a prescription.

What dosage of Metacam does my pet need?

Metacam dosages are calculated on a case-by-case basis by your vet, therefore, the dosage required will be stated on your prescription. 

If you have any questions or worries about your pet’s Metacam dosage, please consult your vet.

Can You Put Metacam on Food? 

Yes. Metacam is meant to be administered orally and can be done so directly, or by mixing with your pet's food. If you are mixing Metacam with your pet’s food, make sure they receive the entire dosage. If your dog is particularly fussy, Metacam Chewable Tablets are also available.