Pet Medication Metacam Adds Warning to Product Label for Cats
After reviewing reported adverse drug reactions, the US Food and Drug administration has requested the manufacturers of the nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drug Metacam add a warning to its label saying that repeated use of the drug meloxicam (trade name Metacam) has been associated with acute kidney failure and death in cats
The FDA has supposedly seen problems with repeated use of this drug in cats. While I personally have prescribed this drug safely and successfully for years (mostly short term for pain management in cats and for cats with urinary tract inflammation) I will now think about the potential risks of using this drug off label for extended periods of time.
As with any drugs in this class, a pet should ideally have blood and urine testing prior to being prescribed this pet medication. This is especially important if your pet is on this drug long term, as monitoring is essential for your pet’s long term well-being.