Metacam Oral Suspension

Metacam Oral Suspension
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  • Cat » 3ml Bottle £6.49
  • Cat » 15ml Bottle £14.09
  • Cat » 30ml Bottle £23.50
  • Dog » 10ml Bottle £3.29
  • Dog » 32ml Bottle £7.39
  • Dog » 100ml Bottle £19.40
  • Dog » 180ml Bottle £26.28
  • Horse » 100ml Bottle £32.50
  • Horse » 250ml Bottle £64.99
  • Pig » 100ml Bottle £67.00

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Metacam treats arthritis and other causes of pain and inflammation, especially those affecting the musculo-skeletal system. It can also be used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation after surgical operations, or to aid treatment in certain types of infection. Metacam belongs to the group of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and is one of the safest available for use in dogs, cats, pigs and horses. Metacam is supplied as a pleasantly flavoured liquid to be given by mouth or with food. If the dose is given directly into the mouth, this is best done after a meal. Metacam side effects are reduced through its ability to target the sites of inflammation while having much less effect than many other medications on the gut lining and kidneys.

Metacam is not advised for animals that are dehydrated, and care is needed where conditions affecting the kidneys or gut lining are suspected.

How long will a bottle of Metacam Oral Suspension last?

The following tables show how long each bottle will last in days, depending on the weight of the animal.


Body Weight (lbs) 180ml Bottle 100ml Bottle 32ml Bottle 10ml Bottle
15 395 219 69 21
30 197 109 34 10
35 169 93 29 8
40 148 82 25 7
55 107 59 18 5
60 98 54 13 5
75 78 43 13 3
100 58 32 10 2


Body Weight (lbs) 30ml Bottle 15ml Bottle 3ml Bottle
2.5 130 65 13
5 64 32 6
10 32 16 3
15 20 10 2
20 14 7 1
25 12 6 1
30 10 5 1

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Reviews (528)

Summary of Reviews for Metacam Oral Suspension

Overall 5
Ease Of Use
Value For Money
Absence Of Side Effects
527 out of 528 (100%) customers would recommend this product.
5 stars (419 reviews)
4 stars (100 reviews)
3 stars (9 reviews)
2 stars (0 reviews)
1 stars (0 reviews)

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55 Highly recommend
Verified Purchase

By on 8 July 2024

I purchased these after requesting prescription from vet as they were so much cheaper. In fact I paid less for the 3 that I ordered than I did for one bottle from my vet.
Items arrived quickly and it was easy to upload prescription from my vet. I will definitely be using again and would highly recommend

Customer recommends this product

55 Excellent
Verified Purchase

By on 4 July 2024

My Gorgeous Sam Has arthritis and these gives relief from pain.

Customer recommends this product

55 Excellent
Verified Purchase

By on 4 July 2024

My Gorgeous Sam Has arthritis and these gives relief from pain.

Customer recommends this product

55 Pain killer
Verified Purchase

By on 1 July 2024

Wow fast and easy to use

Customer recommends this product

55 Metacam 180
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By on 25 June 2024

Just what we needed, very well priced, if I bought from the vets looking at 3 x the price.

Customer recommends this product

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Q & A

Below are some recent questions we've received regarding Metacam Oral Suspension, including answers from our team.

1 December 2022 at 7:38pm

Contents of metacam

Elizabeth Ford

What is in metacam - is it paracetamol based

  • VioVet Staff

Metacam contains the active ingredient Meloxicam, which is an NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug). It does not contain paracetemol.

23 November 2022 at 10:21am


Karen Loveridge

My dog has bronchitis is this medicine fine for that

  • VioVet Staff

This is a prescription only medication so you should run it's use past your prescribing vet. They will be able to advise if it is suitable for your dog's specific condition.

24 July 2022 at 12:12pm

?possibility of drug interaction


Is there any interaction between Metacam and Pexion

  • VioVet Staff

The datasheet of either product does not state that there would be interaction with these two medications. They are both prescription only products though so you should run any dosing queries you have past your prescribing vet.

16 May 2022 at 2:39pm

Can I use Metacam for inflammation with my horse


The vet prescribes Bute for my horse pain relief, would metacam do the job, for pain relief and would I need a prescription to buy it

  • VioVet Staff

You will need a written prescription to purchase Metacam from our website, it is advised to contact your vet regarding whether this medication would be suitable. It acts very similarly to Bute so you would need to use one or the other and not both. More information on this process can be found here.

10 January 2021 at 6:04am


Sheila mason

Can I purchase metacam without a prescription

  • VioVet Staff

Metacam is a prescription only medicine (POM-V classified) and so you need a written prescription to purchase it with us. I apologise for any inconvenience caused. More information on this process can be found in the link below:

14 September 2016 at 6:49pm

Oral Metacam

Derek Thomson

  • VioVet customer since 2012
  • From: Highland, United Kingdom

Once opened how long will a bottle last, as Charlie does not need it all the time at present?

  • VioVet Staff

The manufacturers suggest that once opened the bottle will last 6 months and that you should discard the bottle even if you have some left after this time.

24 March 2016 at 4:09pm

Metacam and liver shunt

Sharon short

Can I give my 3 year old dog who has liver shunt metacam?

  • VioVet Staff

This is a very good question. The situation is that Metacam is remarkably safe in most dogs, but much less so if they suffer from certain medical conditions. Reduced liver function is one of these, so there is certainly a risk involved in using Metacam in your dog. That does not mean it is definitely a bad idea, but you have to balance that risk against the perceived benefit (control of pain and inflammation). You should discuss it with your vet who will be more familiar with the precise nature and degree of your dog's condition. I must admit that it I were going to use Metacam, I would start at a very lose dose and possibly monitor liver enzyme levels etc while doing so. If you feel your dog does not particularly need this treatment, it would be safer to avoid it.

12 July 2015 at 12:28am

Is my vet obliged to write a prescription?


My retired greyhound has an occasional limp . Leg support helps to a degree but Metacam even more so. It is very expensive getting it from the vet so was going to ask for a prescription. Can vet refuse to write one? Thanks.

  • VioVet Staff

If your vet is prepared to supply you with a particular medication such as Metacam, then they are not allowed to refuse to write you a prescription. They are howver allowed to charge a small feed which is usually about £10-15. For long term medication, you can ask your vet to write repeats which will allow you to use the prescription multiple times before going back for a new one which will save more money.

A vet may only refuse to write a prescription if they are not willing to prescribe and supply you with the medication themselves, as this means that they do not feel it is suitable for your animal.

You can then email, fax, upload or post your prescription to us.

16 December 2013 at 2:24pm

Can Metacam cause a blocked bladder?

Donald Field

Our customer asked if the Metacam given to her lame cat could have caused the blocked bladder which happened 36 hours later.

  • VioVet Staff

There will not be a direct link with the Metacam, but possibly an indirect one:

Any male cat prone to any cystitis type problem is at risk of developing urethral obstruction at some point in future. It is not rare. Various factors increase that risk, including illness of some other type, altered eating and drinking habits, reduced mobility for a while (and holding on to the urine for longer than normal) etc. These other things might have triggered the cystitis, but it could have happened just the same, with or without the Metacam.

Personally I would suggest that in future you do not give your cat any dried food. If he eats only moist food, he is very unlikely ever to get these urinary problems, because they are rare in cats producing dilute urine. Cats on dried food can produce very concentrated urine at times, which is a risk factor in itself.

26 July 2013 at 12:52pm


liz b

Can I use the metacam I have for dogs for my arthritic cat? Presumably with reduced dosage?

  • VioVet Staff

Metacam for dogs came out long before the cat version. Until that time, Metacam for dogs was commonly used in cats. This can however cause serious trouble if it is done inappropriately and if the cat has kidney or gastro-intestinal trouble, or is ill in some other way. Therefore we would not be able to recommend you do this without talking to your own vet first. Doing as you suggest is in fact against current prescribing regulations, so your vet might not feel able to help much either. (Metacam for dogs is three times as strong as the cat version, and the dose rate for dogs is twice that for cats anyway, so a cat should receive one sixth of the amount recommended for a dog of the same weight.)

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