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Meg

This question is related to: Jessie the Dog

Age:6 years
Gender:Female
Breed:Bordie Collie
Neutered:Yes
Weight:24kg
Vaccination History:Every 2 years - due this month
Fed On:Cooked meat/potato/carrot and fish oil
Kept:House pet

Using Metacam

Hello - my 7 year old Collie developed arthritis in one hip and hock 9 months ago. Glucosamine/condroitin supplement hasn't prevented it getting worse, so I gave her Metacam for 7 days on vet's advice. She responded well - no obvious side effects and pain free. Eight days on, the pain is back and she's back today on Metacam.

My question is it better to give Metacam at a slightly lower dose continuously or to stop and start as symptoms show? The risks of anti-inflammatories worry me but I want the best for her. Any advice or experience very gratefully received.

14/12/18

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Martina Stuart

Use as directed by the supplying or prescribing vet. Generally continuous low dose is the standard recommendation.
Keeping the weight down and regular controlled excercise also help.
Good luck
Please keep us informed.

14/12/18

Chicco

My experience of Metacam and all the others containing meloxicam is varied. I've known several dogs stay on it long term but others that cannot take it long term at all. There are others NSAID's that are better long term. My own girl is on Previcox but I watch her like a hawk.

Always look for any unusual signs that might indicate internal ulcer / bleed or certainly if the dog is sick or has any colitis.

I will sometimes give something like omeprazole to help make sure there are not stomach problems.

15/12/18

Meg

Thank you both for your advice. It sounds like a balancing act between quality of life and medication dose. Fingers - and paws - crossed.

15/12/18

sandrataylor

My Collie was on Metacam for many years for his arthritis and one day I was talking to someone who had one of those magnetic therapy collars on their dog and they said how much better their dog was since getting it.

I have always thought that these "alternative" therapies and things like that were a bit of mumbo jumbo and snake oil salesman type of things but we bought one for him and to my surprise it did seem to work.

We were able to reduce his Metacam a little but over the years we had to increase it again but the collar did seem to help him. It may be worth looking into it as it may help.

15/12/18

Martina Stuart

Thanks Sandra and nice to her from you Chicco. anything that helps to reduce the dose of any medication is always worth a try.

15/12/18

Chicco

I, like Sandra, use a magnatherapy collar as well. If you want to try one go on ebay and look for the highest gauss ... about 3000 is good.

Also for natural alternatives there are products like Umove, Runaround, etc, and also you could try the 'golden paste' which is based on turmeric.

15/12/18

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