The Side Effects of Metacam for Dogs

Metacam for dogs is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used primarily to treat arthritis. Given daily in liquid form, Metacam dosages are based on the animal's weight and can also be used as a temporary pain reliever for cancer and recovery from injuries or surgery.

Mild to Severe Side Effects of Metacam

Possible side effects from using Metacam range from minor to severe. Appetite loss is common and should be managed by making food available in the event the dog chooses to eat. Other side effects can be nausea, vomiting or diarrhea and should be treated as a potential medical problem. If any of these symptoms are evident, discontinue use immediately because these may be a sign of liver trouble.

Danger of Kidney or Liver Disease

In some cases Metacam use has led to kidney or liver disease and animals taking Metacam should be monitored closely for reduced kidney function and adverse reactions to the drug. If the animal displays any of the side effects, a vet can perform a blood test to determine if there are elevated liver enzyme levels and also can check for dehydration related to reduce kidney function. If the blood test detects problems, the issues typically resolve themselves within two to three weeks after the drug is discontinued.