Managing osteoarthritis pain with METACAM
When your dog starts METACAM treatment, you will likely notice an increase in your dog's activity level. Once the spark is back, your dog will be more energetic and want to do more physically, just like he used to do. It's important to remember that exercise should be increased slowly in order to rebuild lost muscle mass. Frequent, gentle walks help improve mobility and strength. Talk to your veterinarian about how much activity is best for your dog.
Also keep in mind that, as with all medicines in the NSAID class, side effects may occur. These are usually mild but may be serious. The most common side effects are vomiting and soft stool or diarrhea. You should have your dog checked for pre-existing medical conditions before beginning treatment. Your veterinarian will perform a thorough history and physical examination, including laboratory tests before starting your dog on METACAM. As with all medications, talk to your veterinarian if your dog is taking other medications, is pregnant, or if you plan to breed your dog. It's important to monitor your dog during therapy. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your dog has a medical problem or side effect from taking METACAM.
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