My cat, Shabba, had a dental cleaning in February and the vets extracted 2 teeth.

They then gave me Metacam to give him as a pain killer.
His kidneys failed thereafter and he had to go to an emergency hospital for IV fluid treatments.
They immediately suspected Metacam when I told them what he had done recently.
His numbers came down dramatically and he was on Sub-Q fluids every two days thereafter.
A few days ago, he stopped eating and I saw the same signs as before.
I took him back to the vet and his numbers were worse than the first time.
I returned to the emergency hospital, but the treatment was ineffective this time.
His kidneys just shut down, so I was forced to put him to sleep this morning.

Rowan

Dave:

I have told all my Facebook friends to spread the word, and I also plan to contact the Massachusetts Veterinary board to see if they can issue any warnings.  Drugs.com clearly states in the contraindication section that the oral suspension of this drug is for dogs only and should not be given to cats, yet a number of vets continue to use it off-label.

I spoke to my vet about it yesterday and she said that she called the manufacturer and they acknowledged that a small number of cases like this have occurred, but that it appears to be a flukey thing with some cats, just as any medication kills or harms a small percentage of pets or people.  It may be the case that only a small percentage of cats suffer renal failure from this, but the bottom line is that it is a drug designed for dogs and vets should not be using it on cats.

They just gave me the four pre-drawn syringes, sent me home with him, and had me squirt toxins into my poor boy's mouth to kill him.  If they had said that this is not a drug designed for cats, but we use it on cats anyway, I would have said no way in hell.  The poor fellow could have sat through a few days of minor pain from tooth extraction rather than have his kidneys damaged.  As you know, the folks like us have out pets suffer and die, we suffer as we try to cure them, we grieve after they are gone, and then we spend a ton of money along the way, while the vets get paid each time and suffer no consequences.

I believe that the vets are mostly ignorant about the risks, but there has to be a way to convince the licensing boards, or the veterinary network to be clear and frank in telling vets never to use this on cats.  I also have no doubt that the pharma sales reps downplay the risks because the single injection version is approved for cats, and they only care about making their quota.  All in all, people just keep on making money on the backs of these poor cats, who have to meet their makers too early.

If we use Facebook and Twitter, we can surely get some viral word-spreading going.  Maybe we could even designate a few days where all of the Metacam victims' owners transmit Facebook ad Twitter messages on the same day, to maximize the word spreading, as well as letter writing to the manufacturer and any and all veterinary boards.  You are doing the right thing to set up your Web site.  With our cats gone, the least we can do is try to save other lives.

Rowan