Archive for August 18th, 2008

One of the five million things that drive me batty is some of the dire warnings about using Metacam (meloxicam) in cats. Someone will post on an online forum that their veterinarian prescribed Metacam and get a bunch of responses scaring the bejeezus out of them. Metacam kills! Metacam causes kidney failure!

Does Metacam have risks – SURE! The fact is, cats don’t generally tolerate *any* pain medications well. Metacam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), like aspirin, ibuprofen, etc, etc. The sad reality is cats don’t very well tolerate aspirin, or ibuprofen, or any of those handy little pain killers that get us humans through our routine headaches and muscle aches. Are there cats that have suffered severe repercussions after the use of Metacam? I’m sure there are.

The question the “Metacam kills” alarmists fail to answer, in my opinion, WHAT IS THE CAREGIVER’S OTHER OPTION? Let their cat suffer in pain?

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