Originally Posted by Sharkie&Sparx Mum
...I did mention the Metacam to the Vet this morning and she said it was fine...But she did say I could stop giving it to him and see how he goes without it....
So, it's Metacam or nothing, then?
OK,.........perhaps, if you were read through some of these stories: http://metacamkills.com/
where all of those Vets thought it was "fine", too.
...But the Vet did agree that he shouldn't be on it for long, but he did say he didn't know of another pain killer he could give him because of his leg (sounds like I was fobbed off).
Sharkie&Sparx Mum, if you think you'd be able to place a few drops of a liquid into the sides of Sharkie's mouth, then you would be able to administer a safe pain medication to him. The drug is buprenorphine. It's a narcotic, used widely for cats, and given out in tiny syringes. It's not to be swallowed, but it gets taken up by the mouth tissues...only a few drops are needed, 2-3 times a day.
Vets are a "funny" lot, and those in the UK seemingly more so. God forbid that any mere mortal should utter anything that would hint of concern or doubt about their pronouncements. There are workarounds for most things, though, and Vets are no exception....."You know, Doctor, I'd be happier/really prefer if Sharkie had xxxx instead....our friend's cat had a problem with Metacam, and I couldn't deal with that if anything were to happen..."
Anyways, whatever you do, I wish you two the very best.