Meloxidyl is a product containing the medication meloxicam in a liquid/suspension formulation, making it easy to dose and use. The active ingredient Meloxicam is a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) that reduces inflammation in the body. Meloxidyl should only be used in dogs and is commonly prescribed for dogs with osteoarthritis and those who have undergone surgery.
Meloxidyl Oral Suspension is packaged with 2 sizes of dosing syringes. The small syringe (blueprint) is calibrated for use in dogs under 15 lbs. The large syringe (green print) is calibrated for use in dogs 12 lbs or greater. Only administer Meloxidyl with the provided syringes. The container should never be used as a dropper bottle for the administration of Meloxidyl.
Dogs Under 15 lbs (6.8 kg) Shake well before use, then remove cap. Meloxidyl Oral Suspension can be given either mixed with food or placed directly into the mouth. Particular care should be given about the accuracy of dosing. To prevent accidental overdosing of small dogs, only use the small dosing syringe. The large syringe provided cannot be used to measure doses for dogs weighing less than 12 lbs (6.8 kg). For dogs less than 12 lbs, use the small dosing syringe (blueprint) provided in the package (See dosing procedure below). The small dosing syringe fits onto the bottle and has dosing marks at 0.5 lb, then in lb increments (ranging from 1 to 14 lbs), designed to deliver the daily maintenance dose of 0.05 mg/lb (0.1 mg/kg).
For dogs less than 1 lb (0.45 kg), Meloxidyl can be given using the 0.5 marks on the small dosing syringe.
For dogs between 1-14 lbs, Meloxidyl can be given using the marks on the small dosing syringe, beginning at 1 lb and ending at 14 lbs. When using the small dosing syringe, the dog's weight should be rounded down to the nearest 1 lb increment. Replace and tighten cap after use.
Dogs 12 lbs (6.8 kg) and over Shake well before use, then remove cap. Meloxidyl may be either mixed with food or placed directly into the mouth. Particular care should be given with regards to the accuracy of dosing.
For dogs 15 lbs or greater, use the large dosing syringe (green print) provided in the package (see dosing procedure below), The large dosing syringe fits on to the bottle and has dosing marks in 5 lb increments (ranging from 5 to 140 lbs), designed to deliver the daily maintenance dose of 0.05 mg/lb (0.1 mg/kg). When using the large syringe, the dog's weight should be rounded down to the nearest 5 lb increment. Replace and tighten cap after use.
As with any NSAID all dogs should undergo a thorough history and physical examination before the initiation of NSAID therapy. Appropriate laboratory testing to establish hematological and serum biochemical baseline data is recommended before and periodically during administration. The owner should be advised to observe their dog for signs of potential drug toxicity and be given a client information sheet about Meloxidyl Oral Suspension.
Effectiveness: The effectiveness of meloxicam was demonstrated in two field studies involving a total of 277 dogs representing various breeds, between six months and sixteen years of age, all diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Both of the placebo-controlled, masked studies were conducted for 14 days. All dogs received 0.2 mg/kg on day 1. All dogs were maintained on 0.1 mg/kg oral meloxicam from days 2 through 14 of both studies. Parameters evaluated by veterinarians included lameness, weight-bearing, pain on palpation, and overall improvement. Parameters assessed by owners included mobility, ability to rise, limping, and overall improvement. In the first field study (n = 109), dogs showed clinical improvement with statistical significance after 14 days of meloxicam treatment for all parameters. In the second field study (n = 48), dogs receiving meloxicam showed clinical improvement after 14 days of therapy for all parameters; however, statistical significance was demonstrated only for the overall investigator evaluation on day 7, and for the owner evaluation on day 14.
What To Tell/Ask Your Veterinarian Before Giving Meloxidyl
What Are the Possible Side Effects That May Occur In My Dog During Meloxidyl Therapy? Meloxidyl, like other drugs, may cause some side effects. Serious but rare side effects have been reported in dogs taking NSAIDs. Serious side effects can occur with or without warning and in rare situations in death. The most common NSAID-related side effects generally involve stomach and liver or kidney problems. Look for the following side effects that can indicate your dog may be having a problem with Meloxidyl or may have another medical problem:
It is important to stop therapy and contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your dog has a medical problem or side effect from Meloxidyl. If you have additional questions about possible side effects, talk to your veterinarian.
Can Meloxidyl Be Given With Other Medicines? Meloxidyl should not be given with other NSAIDs (for example aspirin, carprofen, etodolac, deracoxib) or steroids (for example, cortisone, prednisone, dexamethasone, triamcinolone). Tell your veterinarian about all medicines you have given your dog in the past, and any medicines that you are planning to give with Meloxidyl. This should include other medicines that you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your dog's medicines can be given together.
What Can I do In Case My Dog Eats More Than The Prescribed Amount? Contact your veterinarian immediately if your dog eats more than the prescribed amount of Meloxidyl.
What Else Should I Know About Meloxidyl? This sheet provides a summary of information about Meloxidyl. If you have any question or concerns about Meloxidyl or osteoarthritis pain, talk to your veterinarian.
As with all prescribed medicines, Meloxidyl should only be given to the dog for which it was prescribed. Meloxidyl Oral Suspension is for use in dogs only. Do not give Meloxidyl to cats. It should be given to your dog only for the condition for which it was prescribed. It is important to periodically discuss your dog's response to Meloxidyl at regular checkups. Your veterinarian will best determine if your dog is responding as expected and if your dog should continue receiving Meloxidyl.