Does this sound familiar? Another FDA approved drug has been linked to side-effects that cause harm and/or death in our feline friends. This story is all too common these days and it takes constant vigilance to keep up with this ever-growing list. Unfortunately, here is another one for your books: Metacam.
Metacam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that some veterinarians still give cats for pain relief. It’s typically used after surgery and sometimes given as a treatment for arthritis or other musculoskeletal disorders.
The FDA originally approved Metacam as an injection for ‘one-time use only’ in cats and not at all in oral form. However, vets still prescribe Metacam (both oral and injectable) with an “off-label” warning label attached. The label reads, “Repeated use of meloxicam (Metacam) in cats has been associated with acute renal failure and death. Do not administer additional injectable or oral meloxicam to cats. See Contraindications, Warnings, and Precautions for detailed information.”
Even still, there have been many cats who’ve suffered kidney failure after only one injection of this drug. So why does the FDA still allow this drug to be used? Sadly, I think it has more to do with revenue than pain relief.
Our cats are gentle beings with gentle souls. If you’ve ever experienced a cat in renal failure, you know how devastating and heartbreaking it is to watch your cat suffer through this.
And here’s the hard truth: There are no drugs on the market that successfully treat pain in cats without any side effects. Sometimes we need to make tough decisions. Ask your vet about the side-effects of any drug for your cat and make the best decision you can. My opinion? Don’t take the chance with Metacam.
There are natural pain relievers that can help your cat without risk. Vitamin C is an anti-inflammatory and helps to relieve pain. You can also try chiropractic treatments, massage therapy, acupuncture or other supplements like Omega-3 fatty acids and Glucosamine. It may take more time (and likely less money) to research alternatives – but it’s worth every minute.
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