How do you give a dog meloxicam? A Comprehensive Guide

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When administered properly with an oral syringe, the chances of overdose should be minimal. An overdose can be deadly to a dog, though. If you suspect your dog has overdosed on meloxicam, contact your veterinarian immediately. You can also watch for the following symptoms: loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, dark or tarry stool, increased urination, increased thirst, pale gums, jaundice, lethargy, fast/heavy breathing, poor coordination, seizures, and/or behavior changes.

Like all medications, meloxicam may cause side effects. The most common side effects are vomiting and decreased appetite. Call your vet immediately if you notice any side effects.

Meloxicam, also called Metacam, Mobic, or Loxicom, depending on the manufacturer, is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory osteoarthritis drug used for both humans and dogs. It reduces pain, stiffness, and inflammation associated with arthritis. It may also be prescribed to dogs to ease pain and swelling after a surgical operation.

Meloxicam for dogs is sold as a liquid medication, which makes administering the right dosage easier and keeps your dog safe. Your vet will give you instructions on proper dosage and administration techniques. The drug should be administered in a dosing syringe. While meloxicam may be administered directly into the mouth of a larger dog, it is often given indirectly to smaller dogs by putting it in their food.

How long does it take Meloxicam to work?

Meloxicam usually starts to take effect quickly—around one to two hours after the drug is administered. Give your pet the medication at the same time each day, and do not skip doses. If you miss a dose, give your dog the missed dose as soon as possible. If it’s almost time for the next dose, however, skip the one you missed. Never give your pet two doses at the same time.

How long does Meloxicam last?

That depends on the drug form, the type of pet taking the medication and the dosage regimen. Meloxicam for pets can be administered by oral liquid or spray, chewable tablet or injection.

The time it takes for the drug to leave your pet’s system will vary significantly based on these factors. Cat prescriptions are only available in injection and oral liquid form. Consult your vet to determine how long the drug lasts in your pet’s system.

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