Introduction To Meloxidyl For Dogs
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We understand your concern if you cannot watch your beloved pup in any pain but do not want to give your dog opioid painkillers to ease their pain, as those medications often have many side effects. Meloxidyl is one of the few alternatives available in the market that effectively provides relief from severe or chronic pain.
Description of Meloxidyl
Meloxidyl is a drug that contains an active substance called Meloxicam, which is classified as a Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs). It is a pale green oral suspension that is given to dogs to ease their chronic pain by mixing them into meals. 1 milligram of Meloxidyl contains meloxicam and 2 milligrams of sodium benzoate as a preservative.
Directions For Administration
Meloxidyl Oral suspension comes in 10, 32, 100, and 200 ml bottle packaging along with dosing syringes. One Meloxidyl Oral Suspension package contains two different sizes of dosing syringes. The smaller syringe is painted blue and the bigger one is printed green. Now, the small blue syringe is used for smaller dogs weighing under 15 lbs. or 6.8 kg. and the big green syringe is used for larger dogs weighing 15 lbs. or greater.
Always administer Meloxidyl for dogs with the stipulated syringes. Do not use any dropper or bottle cap while administering the Meloxidyl to your pooch. Push the plunger of the syringe and either mix it into your dog’s food or empty the Meloxidyl directly into the dog’s mouth from the syringe.
Dosage of Meloxidyl for dogs
You should never administer Meloxidyl for dogs on your own without a prescription from your vet. You should consider the risks associated with the painkillers because they might be concerned for your dog’s health later on.
A proper veterinarian should tell you how long your dog should take the medication based on the condition of the dog.
A general idea of the dosage of Meloxidyl for dogs are–
Generally, the vet suggested a daily dosage of Meloxidyl Oral Suspension containing 0.03 ml o the liquid for every lb. or 0.45 kg of the bodyweight of the dog.
- For dogs weighing under 15 lbs., the small blue printed syringe is used which is designed to administer a daily dosage of Meloxidyl for dogs with no confusion. It has the mark at 0.5 lbs. and then 1 lb. increments which range between 1 to 14 lbs. Let the syringe fit onto the bottle and then plunge the drug into your dog’s mouth or in their food based on your dog’s choice. The amount of the dosage should be decided according to the weight of your dog.
- For dogs weighing 15 lbs. or greater, the bigger syringe which is green in colour is used. This syringe has a dosing mark in 5 lb. increments ranging between 5 to 140 lbs. As previously mentioned, let the syringe fit onto the bottle and then push the plunger of the syringe into either your dog’s mouth or in their food.
- This medication is used only for dogs and not for humans. Keep this out of reach of children. If consumed accidentally, contact your physician immediately.
- Although the dosing marks are understandable to anyone, we suggest you never administer this drug without a vet’s consultation.
- The safety of this drug is not properly evaluated in the case of dogs that are under 6 months of age, lactating, breeding, or pregnant.
- This drug is not safe for dogs who have bleeding disorders and gastrointestinal illnesses and urinary infections.
- If your dog has previously experienced adverse effects from another NSAID drug, then refrain from giving Meloxidyl to your dog before consulting with the vet.
- Do not overdose on this medication otherwise, it could be fatal for your dog.
- If any adverse effects are shown after consuming Meloxidyl for dogs, immediately take your dog to the vet’s office.
Benefits of Meloxidyl
- Meloxidyl first of all, works as a painkiller to dogs with muscular diseases and arthritis and eases severe and chronic pain.
- Meloxidyl consisting of meloxicam has almost 100% bioavailability when given with food.
- Meloxidyl also helps dogs with lameness and palpation pain.
- This drug is also used to treat limping, mobility, ability to rise, and a dog’s overall muscular improvement.
- The syringes that come with Meloxidyl bottles are designed in such a way that it is very easy to understand the dosage of Meloxidyl for dogs as most of the owners get confused when administering medications to their dogs even with directions from the vet.
- Meloxidyl works very fast and most of the times dogs start showing improvement as early as 14 days.
- Meloxidyl typically has a very sweetened taste, hence they are accepted by almost all breeds of dog.
- Although Meloxidyl has some known side effects based on research studies, normally it is very safe for dogs when administered properly.
Side effects of Meloxidyl
Though we previously talked about how Meloxidyl has fewer side effects than other painkillers, some side effects unfortunately still reside. They are –
- Some dogs tend to vomit after consuming Meloxidyl Oral Suspension.
- In addition to vomiting, some dogs show signs of diarrhoea with soft stool.
- Lethargy and losing appetite are common side effects of Meloxidyl.
- Your dogs can get excessively dehydrated due to an overdose of Meloxidyl.
- Acute renal failure can occur after consuming the drug if the dog has shown signs of urinary problems.
- If dogs had any dental procedures before taking this medication, their gums can bleed.
- In some rare instances, dogs can have blood in their stool.
- Different allergies can occur due to this medication if the dog is already allergy-prone.
Side effects of Meloxidyl for dogs are temporary and stop when the treatment is stopped. But, in some rare cases, it proved to be very serious and even fatal. You should immediately stop the medications and contact your vet right away.
Storage of Meloxidyl
Meloxidyl is easily stored at room temperature. Do not keep it in the refrigerator as it will lose its medicinal value due to cold. Try to keep it unsealed until applying and most importantly never use it after the expiration date as it could be fatal for your dog.
All in all, Meloxidyl for dogs is an effective and less harmful painkiller for your dog in case he shows signs of muscle weakness. Just be sure to consult your vet before administering Meloxidyl to your dog and you are good to go.