Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Washington State
Vet suggested metacam... ????
I just got back from a second opinion on my Silver's paw, kidney, and low back problems. He reviewed xrays, radiology report, and took a very close look at her paw. Where she does hurt is on the actual pad, and there is a flaky, calous-like buildup there. He could do minor surgery, scrape off the excess, and possibly put one suture in to let it heal.
As far as kidneys, he said her BUN was only one point above normal, but we have two lab tests four months apart and both have a different "normal range" so on one it's normal, and on the other it's only one point off. Her creatinine is fine, and after going over it all with me, he said he's not convinced that she has any kidney problems at all. He does want to monitor it every 6 months, though.
As for the low back, she has spondylosis (degenerative disc disease) at L7-S1, with osteophytes and bone spurs, so that's probably why she isn't jumping up much.
So.... here's my question... he wants to try her on metacam for a week to see if that helps to reduce her pain. I'm not going to give it to her until I know more info on how this drug works and if it's safe. I'll spend some time on this forum and the Net researching it, but I wanted to know what others here think of metacam, if it's safe or not, and whether or not it would outweight any risks versus helping my kitty to not be in pain every day. Ideas? Comments? Suggestions? I don't want to give her a drug that could be harmful to her, but I also can't stand to see her in pain every day. I don't know what to do at this point.
Thanks!!!!!! I want my little girl to be happy and healthy and pain-free...