Our 14 year old Rascal, was experiencing some pain
from arthritis, and I
asked the vet for advice on what might be done for her.
The vet recommended Metacam, 0.3 mL oral per day, saying they've
luck with that for arthritis. No warnings, except that she should
blood screen to make sure that her kidneys were in good shape, and
were. After giving her the Metacam for a few days, she started
and by the end of a week, she had stopped eating, drinking, wasnt
and was obviously in pain. When I reported the status to the vet,
recommendation was to double the Metacam dosage! When I rejected
advice, she basically said there wasnt anything more we could do.
the vet if she didnt even want to see Rascal, and at that point
she said it
wouldnt be a bad idea (??? duh.). After many trips to the vet and
bloodwork, they confirmed acute renal failure. We took her home,
giving her SubQ fluids, anti-nausea medications, appetite
upset stomach meds, and forced feeding for a week at home, by
starting to feel like a vet now) Rascal seems to be recovering.
on copies of the FDA and drug AE reports to the vets as well as
url, and I think I've educated them about the dangers. They were
ignorant, and their success in the past with the drug blinded them
potential for problems. At this point, we hope that the damage is
permanent, and that we can have a bunch more years together with