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How long for Metacam to take effect? (UPDATE)

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    How long for Metacam to take effect? (UPDATE)

    Last edited by Tha Ridge; Aug. 19, 2013, 07:02 PM. Reason: New update!

    As you know, different dogs react differently to pain and pain meds than other dogs do, and the dog can't say if it's a 1 or 10 on the pain scale. I would call the vet and ask his thoughts as he may want to change the dosage or try something else.

    I took my JRT in for almost the exact same sort of pain, in one hind leg, and my vet prescribed rimadyl I think it was, but my dog was acting like he felt worse the next day, so we went back. The vet said that he had underestimated my dog's pain level and he added tramadol which worked great. Now my dog didn't have arthiritis, but I'm sure the level of meds needed is still a bit of a guessing game all the same.
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      Becareful giving "extra" metacam. Its a pretty potent drug which can cause some nasty ulcers if overdosed. Hard to tell if the anorexia is due to pain, but skip the metacam if he isn't eating at all.

      Can your vet refer to you an orthopedic specialist? Sounds like something is being missed.

      Metacam should take effect in a few hours and last 24.


        My dog is on Metacam right now. Actually, we had withheld it since he seemed ok, but after talking to the vet on tuesday, we put him back on it. The vet was adamant about the dosage and made sure he was not getting anything else that would be contra-indicated.
        He got his first dose on Wednesday am and I saw an improvement within hours. Less lethargic, more willing to get up and walk, etc.
        I bought the large bottle because he will be on it for a while before and after surgery next week.
        It works!!


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            I hope its just taking a while for the Metacam to kick in, but Lyme can cause anorexia, mild to severe and often rotating leg/joint lameness and fever. Are they doing a Lyme test?

            And FWIW, my vet adamantly cautions against overdosing with NSAIDs, and says generally it takes 36-48 hrs or longer to see results. I've found Metacam to be one of the most effective NSAIDs, and with the least side-effects. My husband likes his meloxicam too, yes he does


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              Originally posted by lovey1121 View Post
              I hope its just taking a while for the Metacam to kick in, but Lyme can cause anorexia, mild to severe and often rotating leg/joint lameness and fever. Are they doing a Lyme test?


                A lyme test is pretty cheap. My last cocker didn't exhibit pain when being palpated either, but she definitely had Lyme. Lyme doesn't necessarily present with a fever and you can still pick it up in a city...rodents carry Lyme ticks and are an interim host.

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                  In my experience (and I'm not a vet), I would expect the Metacam to be fairly effective within 48 hours. If it's not, there are other options and/or combinations. But it's not wise to make changes without talking to your vet because of potential interactions. I sure hope you can get your critter feeling better soon.
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                    He's been taking the vet-recommended dose of Metacam. It was only that first night that he got a little more. I did ask the vet if that was OK and they said it was fine that once, so no more need to bring it up. It's about 48 hours now, and pain is still consistent.

                    It sucks, but I'm beginning to feel a little like it may be something more intense like osteosarcoma. I hope I'm just being a worrywart.

                    ETA: We *are* testing for Lyme, just don't know results yet. Also awaiting results from a CBC panel.


                      Try not to worry. I know its hard, but statistics are against osteosarcoma, so try to stay positive that its something not so sinister!

                      A chronically luxating patella can be painful, as can a cruciate tear or meniscal tear. Xrays should help rule things out, and hopefully diagnose a problem that can be fixed


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                        Thanks! Just sucks to see your best friend in pain.


                          I would add that it would be wise to limit his movement, especially if/when the painkillers kick in. No jumping on the couch or jumping up etc. Calm, short walks only until you know what is going on. If he has a sprain or other orthopedic injury, he could be aggravating it by being too active as he feels better and then you are back where you started (or worse!)


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                            Still no improvement with the Metacam... We're going in for x-rays this afternoon or first thing tomorrow.


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                                Yay, glad to hear!!