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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-15-2006, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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Metacam for cats?

Hello, my cat was diagnosed with very bad atheritis in her back this week the vet has perscribed Metacam (oral suspension) which says on the box 'for dogs'. I've read a fair few bad things about this drug and I'm not sure if I should give it to my cat.

If anyone has any experience/ opinions with Metacam please reply.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-15-2006, 07:41 AM
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Well, I do know that it's safe to give to rabbits (for arthritis), but I have no experience with cats. It might be one of those "off label" things, but if you're really concerned, just call your vet and ask him/her to clarify it for you.
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Thanks Spacemonkey, my usual vet is away on maternaty leave for 2 weeks and I would rather speak to him as hes the small animal expert of the vets I go to. Just looking for other people experiences at the moment.
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One of mine was prescribed Metacam just last week for a sore throat in conjunction with a URI.

I have used Metacam for years on my dogs, so fortunately have a huge bottle already. I was surprised to have it prescribed for a cat and asked the vet specifically if it was the same thing- she said "yep"- so there you go.


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I'd be cautious if I were you, simply because Metacam is a drug with some serious side effects (with long term use). Ask your vet if there are ANY alternatives before you're on that for quite some time.

I know it depends on how severe the arthritis is, and things like that, but there are other things out there. My kitten is only a year and a half old and he's got arthritis and hip problems. I have him on a liquid glucosamine suppliment (that has shark cartillage and condrichton (sp) in it as well), he'll be on medication for the rest of his life, so I wanted to minimize any side effects. Without the medication, he will not let you touch his back end. He screams and bites you. When he's on it, he's climbing things again

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Thanks for all of the replies, Mitz's arthritis is severe the vet says, I am very nervous about giving the Metacam but will try it if nothing else works soon, my vet also recomended Glucosamine, I will be getting some today, vanillasugar - how long does it take to have an effect?
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Julia -

Where do you get the liquid glucosamine supplement? Stephanie is supposed to be taking Cosequin for her knee, but it's in powdered form, and we still haven't found a real effective means of giving it to her
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metacam can safely be used for long term arthritis/pain relief in dogs, but not in cats. the clinic I work for would only use it for four days total because of the risk of serious problems.... I think kidney failure... can't remember off the top of my head. as careful as we are with it, we've still had some problems so for now we've completely discontinued using it on cats.

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Wow, Jessie, that's good to know
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Julia -

Where do you get the liquid glucosamine supplement? Stephanie is supposed to be taking Cosequin for her knee, but it's in powdered form, and we still haven't found a real effective means of giving it to her
I use one called Synflex. It's made for humans, but recently has been geared to pets as well. The regular formula is fine for cats, but the 1500 includes White Willow Bark and should not be used on cats.
http://www.easysource.com/synflex/syn_pets.htm?id=

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