Metacam Oral Suspension

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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 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 which 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

Metacam 15 mg/ml Oral Suspension for Pigs

Species: Pigs Therapeutic indication: Pharmaceuticals: Anti-inflammatory preparations: Oral: Other NSAIDs, Locomotor (including navicular and osteoarthritis) Active ingredient: Meloxicam Product:Metacam 15 mg/ml oral suspension for pigs Product index: Metacam 15 mg/ml oral suspension for pigs Pig - meat: 5 days


Yellowish viscous oral suspension with a green tinge. One ml contains meloxicam 15 mg as active substance and Sodium benzoate 1.5 mg.


For use in non-infectious locomotor disorders to reduce the symptoms of lameness and inflammation. For adjunctive therapy in the treatment of puerperal septicaemia and toxaemia (Mastitis-Metritis-Agalactia syndrome MMA) with appropriate antibiotic therapy.

Dosage and administration

Oral suspension to be administered at a dosage of 0.4 mg/kg body weight (i.e. 2.7 ml/100 kg) in combination with antibiotic therapy, as appropriate. If required, a second administration of Meloxicam can be given after 24 hours. In cases of MMA with severely disturbed general demeanour (e.g. anorexia) the use of Metacam 20 mg/ml solution for injection is recommended. To be administered preferably mixed with a small quantity of feed. Alternatively to be given prior to feeding, or directly into the mouth. The suspension should be given using the measuring syringe provided in the package. The syringe fits onto the bottle and has a kg-body weight scale. Shake well before use. After administration of the veterinary medicinal product, close the bottle by replacing the cap, wash the measuring syringe with warm water and let it dry.

Contra-indications, warnings, etc

Do not use in pigs suffering from impaired hepatic, cardiac or renal function and haemorrhagic disorders, or where there is evidence of ulcerogenic gastrointestinal lesions. Do not use in case of hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients.

Special precautions for use in animals

If adverse reactions occur, treatment should be discontinued and the advice of a veterinarian should be sought. Avoid use in very severely dehydrated, hypovolaemic or hypotensive pigs which require parenteral rehydration, as there may be a potential risk of renal toxicity. Do not administer concurrently with glucocorticosteroids, other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or with anticoagulant agents. Can be used during pregnancy and lactation. In case of overdose symptomatic treatment should be initiated.

Special precautions to be taken by the person administering the veterinary medicinal product to animals

People with known hypersensitivity to Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) should avoid contact with the veterinary medicinal product. In case of accidental ingestion, seek medical advice immediately and show the package leaflet or the label to the physician.

Withdrawal period

Meat and offal: 5 days.

Pharmaceutical precautions

Shelf-life of the veterinary medicinal product as packaged for sale: 3 years. Shelf-life after first opening of the immediate packaging: 6 months. Keep out of sight and reach of children. For animal treatment only. Any unused veterinary medicinal product or waste materials derived from such veterinary medicinal products should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.

Legal category

Legal category: POM-V

Packaging quantities

Cardboard box containing one polyethylene bottle of 100 ml or 250 ml with a polyethylene tip adapter, a tamper proof child resistant closure and a measuring syringe. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Further information

Pharmacodynamic properties

Meloxicam is a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drug (NSAID) of the oxicam class which acts by inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis, thereby exerting anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-exudative and antipyretic effects. It reduces leukocyte infiltration into the inflamed tissue. To a minor extent it also inhibits collagen-induced thrombocyte aggregation. Meloxicam also has anti-endotoxic properties because it has been shown to inhibit production of thromboxane B2 induced by intravenous E. coli endotoxin administration in pigs. Pharmacokinetic particulars Absorption After a single oral dose of 0.4 mg meloxicam/kg a Cmax value of 0.81 µg/ml was reached after 2 hours. Distribution More than 98 % of meloxicam is bound to plasma proteins. The highest meloxicam concentrations are to be found in liver and kidney. Comparatively low concentrations are detectable in skeletal muscle and fat. Metabolism Meloxicam is predominantly found in plasma. Bile and urine contain only traces of the parent compound. Meloxicam is metabolised to an alcohol, an acid derivative and to several polar metabolites. All major metabolites have been shown to be pharmacologically inactive. Elimination After oral administration the mean plasma elimination half-life is approximately 2.3 hours. Approximately 50 % of the administered dose is eliminated via urine and the remainder via faeces.

Marketing Authorisation Holder (if different from distributor)

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH, 55216 Ingelheim/Rhein, Germany

Marketing Authorisation Number

EU/2/97/004/041 100 ml EU/2/97/004/042 250 ml

Significant changes


GTIN description:Metacam 15 mg/ml oral suspension for pigs - 100ml GTIN:5012917010374

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Reviews (321)

Summary of Reviews for Metacam Oral Suspension

Overall 5
Ease Of Use
Value For Money
Absence Of Side Effects
321 out of 321 (100%) customers would recommend this product.
5 stars (262 reviews)
4 stars (54 reviews)
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55 Pain relief
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By on 19 January 2021

We have used this product for awhile now for our English Mastiff who required pain relief daily. Works wonders for her

Customer recommends this product

55 Metacam
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By on 18 January 2021

Bo needs this medicine , and it works for him .

Customer recommends this product

55 Good Product
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By on 2 January 2021

It keeps his arthritis under control and is much easier to give than the tablets

Customer recommends this product

55 Keeps Ted moving
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By on 16 December 2020

Ted tried steroids but this suits him better without the side effects of hunger that came with the steroids. More up to date packaging than the vet so much easier to measure 11ml . A lot cheaper too

Customer recommends this product

55 Good pain relief
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By on 16 December 2020

Has really helped my 13 year old terrier to enjoy her walks more

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Q & A

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

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 5:49pm

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.

11 July 2015 at 11:28pm

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 11:52am


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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