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What is Meloxicam Poisoning?

Meloxicam for dogs is known by the brand name Metacam. This NSAID that is a veterinary approved treatment for pain and inflammation in dogs. It is often prescribed for osteoarthritis and other conditions that cause long term pain. In the recommended dose, the drug is non-toxic and will help make your dog feel better. However high doses of meloxicam can cause kidney failure, so it is important to only give your dog the prescribed amount and avoid overdose. The margin of safety for meloxicam prescription in dogs is much higher than in cats, where the drug is only prescribed on a single-dose injection basis. In dogs, it is given either orally or via injection. The initial dose is usually .2 mg per kilogram of your dog’s weight, followed by a daily .1 mg per kg dose. In clinical trials, dogs were able to take this .1 mg per kg dose safely for 26 weeks with no adverse side-effects; however with higher doses of .3-.5 mg per kg symptoms of toxicity developed. 

Meloxicam poisoning is typical of other NSAID’s with vomiting and diarrhea being the most common adverse reactions. Vomit and stool may contain signs of blood from gastrointestinal ulceration. GI symptoms are often combined with signs of kidney failure such as increased thirst and urination. Dogs will lose their appetite and seem generally weaker and depressed. Overdose can cause severe gastrointestinal bleeding, seizures, and fatal kidney failure.

Meloxicam is an nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to treat pain and inflammation in both humans and dogs. It is safe to give to dogs in the prescribed amount, but care should be taken to avoid overdose. Meloxicam poisoning can cause ulcers and kidney failure.

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Symptoms of Meloxicam Poisoning in Dogs

These are the symptoms you will see in a dog with meloxicam toxicity. Contact a veterinarian immediately if overdose is suspected.

  • Vomiting (with or without blood)
  • Diarrhea (sometimes with blood)
  • Lack of appetite
  • Black tarry stools (melena)
  • Excessive thirst (polydipsia)
  • Frequent urination (polyuria)
  • Lethargy
  • General malaise
  • Abdominal pain
  • Seizures

Types

These are the most well-known meloxicam medications.

  • Metacam – prescription meloxicam medication for dogs; this is the only drug you should give your dog
  • Mobic – prescription meloxicam medication for humans; not safe to be given to dogs
  • Generic meloxicam – non-brand-name medication for humans; not safe to be given to dogs

Causes of Meloxicam Poisoning in Dogs

These are the most common causes and risk factors for meloxicam poisoning in dogs.

  • Giving your dog meloxicam doses more frequently than was prescribed
  • Accidental overdose (container was left open, dog chewed through the bottle)
  • Giving a dog medication intended for humans

 

Diagnosis of Meloxicam Poisoning in Dogs

The veterinarian will diagnose meloxicam poisoning in your dog based on symptoms, a history of meloxicam use, and blood tests or urinalysis. Diarrhea, vomiting, and bloody stools while your dog is on a meloxicam prescription will suggest the dose is too high. Depending on the severity, lab work will show increase BUN (blood urea nitrogen) and other changes indicative of kidney failure.

Bring the prescription along so the veterinarian can see the exact dosage and let the veterinarian know if there is any chance your dog accidently overdosed or was given extra. Any other medications your dog is taking are also relevant since meloxicam poisoning can be complicated by adverse reactions to other drugs. The veterinarian will also need to know if your dog had any access to human medication. It’s a good idea to bring a list of the drugs you or other members of the household are taking, especially if you didn’t see the incident and are unsure what is causing your dog’s symptoms.

Treatment of Meloxicam Poisoning in Dogs

If your dog is showing signs of toxicity with prescription meloxicam discontinuing the dose may be sufficient, depending on the severity of the symptoms. For significant overdose other treatment will be necessary.

Vomiting will be induced a few hours after exposure and activated charcoal may be given to reduce absorption in the gastrointestinal tract. This dose may be repeated in 6-8 hours to avoid recirculation from the liver. Cathartic medication can help induce bowel movements and excrete the toxins faster.

Various medication will be given to treat gastrointestinal ulcers including H2-receptor antagonists like ranitidine and famotidine, or a proton pump inhibitor like Omeprazole. Sucralfate and misoprostol have both been found to protect the stomach and reduce the formation of ulcers so these medications may be prescribed as well.

If kidney failure is present, IV fluids will be necessary and the veterinarian may also give sodium bicarbonate to help the kidney excrete the toxins. Your dog will need to stay at a veterinary hospital for monitoring during a 72 hour period, or until the kidneys are functioning normally.

Recovery of Meloxicam Poisoning in Dogs

Metacam has been approved for dogs, but there are still certain risks with taking it. The veterinarian should inform you of the side effects when the drug is prescribed so that you can watch your dog closely and treat any signs of toxicity as soon as possible. Taking the exact dose is extremely important. Cutting up a tablet of Mobic or a generic medication designed for humans is not recommended since it is too hard to regulate the amount with this method and you may be accidently giving your dog a slight overdose. Even a fraction of a milligram can make a difference with this medication. If you forget to give your dog a Metacam dose, give it as soon as possible; however if it is too close to the next medication time it’s better to miss a dose than give two at once. 

Meloxicam toxicity can be fatal so it’s important to get treatment immediately. The best way to manage the condition is to avoid exposure. Keep all bottle securely fastened and store them out of reach of your dog. Coordinate medication with other members of the household to ensure your dog isn’t getting several doses by accident. Keep human and dog medication separate so there is no confusion.

Meloxicam Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Ollie
jack russell x
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Voming

6 Days ago My 15kg dog (Ollie)chewed the bottle of Meloxicam (1.5mg/ml). Approx 20mls was in the bottle at the time.(None left now) Some was on the chair but I was uncertain at he amount injested. We followed the advise of the vet, on the phone as it was after hours, and as Ollie was aymptomatic. we gave him milk as directed and he seemed fine for the last 6 days. However now he is vomiting and seems lethargic. There is no blood in the vomit. Can this be a delayed reaction the the possible overdose

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That overdose of Meloxicam can cause GI bleeds and kidney failure, which would show up about now. He should be seen by a veterinarian right away and have his kidney levels checked. He may need intensive care to help him pull through this at this point. I hope that he is okay.

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Harley
Chihuahua
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Overdose
Possibility of drug interaction

Medication Used

Metacam

My 7 lb older chihuahua has been newly prescribed Metacam once daily in his food. So I gave him his medicine this morning around 8am and my husband didn’t know. He, accidentally, gave him his recommended dose of Tramadol (from a previous procedure) around 10pm, same day. Is there a possibility of drug interaction with these two medications?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Those two medications are safe to give together, and may cause sedation, but should not cause any other problems.

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Pablo
Chihuahua/ Rat Terrier
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None. Diagnosed during regular check

I accidentally have my 10 lb dog 1 ml of Meloxicam instead of .1 ml. It has been 4 hours and he seems to be ok. I called his vet and he told us to keep an eye on him and to give him Pepcid AC 5 mg/day. How long after the overdose does it usually take for a dog to show symptoms?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A dose of five times the normal dose can lead to signs of toxicity; the concentration of the meloxicam will determine the level of toxicity, which comes in either 0.5mg/ml or 1.5mg/ml. The dose isn’t excessively high but needs to be monitored; generally we would expect symptoms within six to twelve hours of administration of vomiting, diarrhoea (with blood), loss of appetite and abdominal pain. The pepcid will help Pablo’s stomach with the acid as gastric ulceration is common with NSAIDS administration. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bertie
Jack Russell Terrier
14 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures

Hi, My dog was prescribed Meloxicam two days ago, he had his first dose that day, 24 hours later he started having seizures which would not stop, we took him to the vet, she eventually put him to sleep after 3.5 hours of fitting. I am concerned that he reacted to the medicine, is that possible please? He was only given the dose prescribed, but he was 14.5 years old and was prescribed it for arthritis. He was not taking any other medicinces.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Seizures are a known adverse reaction with meloxicam use, although uncommon, may occur (see quotation below). I cannot confirm that the meloxicam was the cause of the seizures but it is possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM “ Adverse reactions may include vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, dark or tarry stools, increased water consumption, increased urination, pale gums due to anemia, yellowing of gums, skin or white of the eye due to jaundice, lethargy, incoordination, seizure, or behavioral changes.” www.metacam.com/docs/Metacam_Oral_Suspenion_Dogs_PI.pdf

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Mischief
Great Dane
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Panting

Medication Used

loxicom

My dog is a 7 year old Great Dane x bull mastif. She is 59.3kgs. She has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her front right leg. Tonight she was accidentally given a double dose of loxicom. Is this a toxic level? She has no symptoms but our vet took her in for 2 nights for iv fluids and blood tests for kidney function. She has been on this medication for about a month now as part of her palitive care

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A single double dose event shouldn’t cause an issue under normal circumstances, but if Mischief is on a higher dose than normally prescribed (above reference limits) or is known to suffer side effects of meloxicam she should be monitored by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bubbles
Poodle
11 Days
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Seizure

Medication Used

Meloxicam

Our 11 year old female french poodle was recently diagnosed with metastatic lung caner. She's had fevers on and off, and we accidentally gave her a human dose of meloxicam at 3.5mg for fever over three days. She had no signs of diarreha, vomiting, or blood in her stool and her appetite has actually been increased. The meloxicam was discontinued three days ago, however last night I noticed she was a bit dizzy and weak. This morning she had a seizure. I took her to the hospital immediately and they're doing the tests now. Does it make sense that the seizuere is a result of poisoning considering she had no gastrointestinal side effects, or is it likely cancer related since she's had fever on and off?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst seizures are a noted adverse reaction to meloxicam especially when overdosed or poisoning cases; it is difficult to say whether this was the specific cause of the seizures or not since Bubbles didn’t exhibit any symptoms of overdose. It would be wise to keep her in with her Veterinarian to be monitored, fluid therapy (if required) and to determine the cause of the seizure. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/meloxicam/

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Buster
Chihuahua
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

discomfort

My dog was prescribed .4ml of Meloxidyl 1.5mg/ml. The vet pre measured the dosage into syringes and today I noticed that it looks like the medicine has separated into its normal cloudy look but also parts are completely clear. Is this still safe to give to my Dog? Also, I should mention the bottle was left on the bathroom counter and I'm worried that this was caused by it's proximity to the steam from shower during this time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Meloxidyl (meloxicam) should be stored at around 68-77° F (20-25° C), if this temperature was exceeded or you have any concerns you should return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM “Store at controlled room temperature 68-77° F (20-25° C). Excursions permitted between 59° F and 86° F (15° C and 30° C). Brief exposure to temperature up to 104° F (40° C) may be tolerated provided the mean kinetic temperature does not exceed 77° F (25° C); however such exposure should be minimized.” www.meloxidyl.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Meloxidyl-Package-Insert.pdf

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Stella
Dachshund
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

large red mark on chest and throat

Medication Used

Meloxicam

I started giving my dog dog Meloxicam on Monday (today is Saturday). I've only given her the recommended dose based on her weight each day. She's not on any other medications, and she doesn't have any other health problems. Today I noticed a big, bright red mark on her chest and throat. It doesn't look like a rash - it looks like it's under the skin rather than on it. Could this be a reaction to the meloxidyl? Should I take her to a vet, or wait to see if it clears up? She's not acting any differently, and it doesn't seem to bother her when we touch it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This sounds like a side effect from the Meloxidyl (meloxicam) as this is noted in the package insert: “Change in skin (redness, scabs, or scratching)” If you are seeing changes on the skin, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and they will determine if you continue with treatment or change to a different medication. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.meloxidyl.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Meloxidyl-Package-Insert.pdf

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Cisko
German Shepherd
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None so far

My German Shepherd dog was just prescribed Meloxicam and they gave it to us as 15 mg tablets in order to treat a mild cruciate ligament tear on his hind leg. He is supposed to be given 1/2 a tablet, or 7.5 mg every day for two weeks. He is around 82 pounds. For his first day of being given the medication, my brother accidentally misread and gave my dog one whole tablet (15 mg) after his meal instead of cutting it in half. Should I worry? What symptoms would be considered dangerous enough for him to have to see a vet? Should I skip giving him Meloxicam the next day and then start again the day after that?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst overdosing is concerning, a double dose one time shouldn’t cause much of a problem; just keep an eye on the stool to look for signs of black tarry faeces and to check for vomiting, abdominal pain etc… Ensure that Cisko is hydrated and is eating normally, if you notice any of the symptoms on this page you should contact your Veterinarian; at this point we are past the two hour window for inducing vomiting and using activated charcoal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisoncontrol.com/portfolio/meloxicam/

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Cookie
Pekingese
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing

Medication Used

Meloxicam 1,5 mg/ml

Hi Dr, Cookie the dog has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia and luxating patella grade 2, the vet prescribed Meloxicam 1,5mg/ml (the syringe is adjusted according to kg, and since Cookie has 5 kg he said that dhe should get that dosage for a week) and after one week we will decrease the dosage. I am scared that we are getting more of Meloxicam since after she gets it she starts having rapod breathing. Any advice? Thanks

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Since Cookie may be on pain medication for a long time, and since your veterinarian knows the degree of dysplasia that he has and more about his specific health status, it would be a good idea to ask that question of your veterinarian and the two of you can decide if he is having a reaction or if he can continue on the same dosage. I hope that he does well.

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Kit
American Eskimo
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Increased thirst
Diarrhea
Seizures
Itchy
Increased Urination

Medication Used

Meloxicam

We adopted Kit a few years ago and he always had an issue with one hind leg having less muscle and flexibility. He never minded it much and has a bit of a three legged hop when he gets tired. There were different diagnosis depending on the vet.
Once or twice a year it would get extra sore and we treat with doses of meloxicam for a week and then he'd be back to himself.
Over Christmas, he slipped on stairs and was very sore. We took him to 24hr emerg clinic and got X-rays done. Radiologist report says bone cyst, slight possibility of cancer in that sore back leg.
Currently he is on a dose of 0.6mL of 0.2mg/mL concentration of meloxicam and has been since middle of Dec. We have noticed he is drinking a lot more recently (past two weeks), urinating more and inside the house (unusual for him), lower appetite, more scratching (especially at his throat), sometimes diarrhea, and it seems like he's had a couple seizures where he stares and paces and yelps when touched or even not touched. He never had seizures before.
We had blood work done last week and results were perfect, more X-rays and no cancer showing in his chest.
He's never been on meloxicam this long before and the dosage is right for his size (28lb/12.7kg), so does all this sound like only side effects from this drug, or is something else more likely?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Given that Kit has been on Meloxicam for so long with no side effects, it is unlikely that he is having these problems related to it now, but it is always possible. Some of the side effects of that NSAID can be diarrhea and loss of kidney function. You had blood work done a week after the increased drinking and urination started which would make kidney disease less likely, and he may have a bladder infection or some other unrelated condition. It would be best to contact your veterinarian, let them know that he is having these signs, and see what they would like you to do, as they know more about his specific conditions. I hope that he continues to do well.

Just a little more info:
Kit has always been a relatively low activity dog, so lower spirits weren't completey uncommon, especially with the holidays, he wouldn't like the hustle and bustle.
He also has always been a heavy drinker and previous urine tests had shown low concentration/specfic gravity. So when he increased his intake, it wasn't immediately obvious.
We took him off meloxicam and he seemed much more like himself in personality and activity. The pain also came back though, so we are trying alternative mediations.
Our vet was surprised by Kit's reaction to meloxicam, he said in his experience he hasn't come across a lot pets that experienced side effects to it.
Seems like the pain will always be present and extreme unless on pills, so we are considering amputation as a relief from his pain. The articles on here have been helpful and informative on what to expect. Thank you!

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Riley
Rat Terrier
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dizziness
Lethargy

Medication Used

Meloxicam

I recently gave my dog the recommended dose of Meloxicam, and he is currently very lethargic and seemingly dizzy. He hasn't vomited, urinated, or defecated yet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Riley, I can't say whether the Meloxicam caused these signs, or ife he should be seen at your nearest emergency clinic. I'm not sure how long ago 'recent' is as far as when he got the Meloxicam, but it might be a good idea to have him seen tonight to make sure that he is okay, whether it is a reaction to the medication or another cause. i hope that Riley is okay!

Hi Dr. King Our 11 month old 42 lb golden retriever rescue has started limping intermittantly for about 6 weeks. We thought it was due to his quick entry through the doggie door which has a metal rim. Hes pretty energetic so runs through at high speed!
We did have our vet observe him a few weeks aqgo and of course it was not noticeable enough to diagnose. Yesterday he started favoring the right leg after a few ball throws and then he started lifting it up while standing still a few times. What do you think about Rimadyl as a anti inflammatory treatment short term? I have heard its hard on kidneys and other dog owners have mentioned the generic anti-steroidals ie; meloxicam? I actually take it for my inflammation and wondering with Vet's prescription do dogs use human meloxicam if not what do you recommend in lieu of Rimadyl? Thx Barbara

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Chachi
Chihuahua
13 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

I gave my 11 pound chihuahua my Great Dane's dosage of metacam. He got 7.5mg. Within 30 mins we induced vomiting with peroxide and recovered the tablet. Should he be okay?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you were able to recover an intact tablet, I wouldn’t be too concerned; just keep an eye on Chachi for the next day or so to be on the safe side. If you notice any symptoms (you shouldn’t) visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nala
Chihuahua
6 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

My dog swallowed 10-15 melixicam 7.5 mg tablets yesterday around 11 o'clock and withing the hour we induced vomiting with peroxide and took her to an emergency vet. She has had fluids, charcoal and bloodwork done twice. Today and yesterday her bloodwork was normal showing no signs of poisoning. She has had no symptoms or signs. The vet is not giving us a straight answer on whether we should leave her there another night. She has been there almost 30 hours already. Do you think she can come home or does she need to stay there for another 12 hours for more fluids?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms of Meloxicam poisoning are vomiting (with blood), diarrhoea (black tarry stool due to presence of digested blood), lethargy, loss of appetite, abdominal pain and seizures. Ten to fifteen 7.5mg tablets would be 75-112.5mg, the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of Meloxicam gives an LD50 (where 50% of the animals exposed to the dose die) in rats of 83.5mg/kg and 470mg/kg in mice; a Chihuahua of 3kg would need a dose of 250.5mg to 1,410mg if we use the rodent data, lower levels would cause the symptoms list above. Observation is important since non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can cause gastrointestinal damage including gastric perforation and central nervous system signs; however, having not examined Nala I cannot say if she is fit for release from the clinic, but in cases of poisoning it is always wise to stay on the side of caution. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a Lhasa apso whose is 1year 6 months old.. She got her last MEGA VAC-6 on 2/12/16 and today 10/1/16 she had accidentally taken MEGA VAC -6 instead of rabies vaccination. I'm so depressed and crying over the mistake... Is there any problem till now she is perfect... Please reply she means alot to me 😭😭

My dog was given 1.5mg/ml daily weighing 8 lbs the vet knew he had low kidney function after 3 days I called said he has had loss in appetite then began vomiting after 5 days when I was advised by vet was not the medication took in to vet as he became non active also his bun was critically high and I was told he was in fatal kidney failure also had black stool was sent home with IV sub q 50 cc 2 times daily and very little hope why would this medication be given to my dog knowing he had kidney and anemia history

I possibly had a bad experience this evening! My 3 year old pug may have swallowed or chewed a 7.5 mg of meloxicam by accident. It fell on the floor and it was half of a 15 mg.tablet.She has not shown any signs of poisoning, but she means so much to me. What should I do? Should I call the vet and tell them what happened? Please Don't think I am a bad pug parent because I am not. Jen Ward

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Tory
Dalmatian
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Stool
Lethargic

A Vet prescribed my 70 lbs Dalmatian 1-15 mg a day of meloxicam starting Dec 3. After on Dec 20th she began vomiting and occasionally with blood in it. She still has a small appetite and eats small amounts. When I took he in to a different Vet they advised me she should only be taking approx 3 mg a day. At this time she is acting very lethargic. Id there anything else I need to do? she may be passing blood in her stool as well

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. The labelled dosage for Meloxicam is 0.1 mg/kg every 24 hours. For a 70 pound dog, that would be approximately 3 mg per day. If she was at a higher dose for over 2 weeks, and started vomiting blood and passing blood in her stool, she needs to be treated for that. High doses of NSAIDS can cause GI ulceration and kidney disease. It would be a good idea to contact one of the 2 veterinarians that have seen her recently, and let them know what is happening so that they can examine her, make sure that she is okay, and treat the signs that she is showing. I hope that she is okay.

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Winston
Rat Terrier
17 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Arthritis

My dog is a 9-10lb 17 year old rat terrier and has severe arthritis in parts of his spine and right shoulder, he has been on meloxicam for awhile after having his X-rays taken and everything. His dosage is 1.5ml, but today his pain is horrible and his whole body is leaned the opposite way of his hurt shoulder and keeps his neck turned almost sideways. He pants and his in awful pain. He took his dosage at 4pm and now it is 12:18am. Is there any way he can take anymore to help him relax?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Since I am not Winston’s Veterinarian and I haven’t examined him, I am unable to tell you to give more meloxicam since it is a prescription medication and we don’t have a Doctor patient relationship. You should call your Veterinarian in the morning and ask if they would change the dosage or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hemi
Mini American Eskimo
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not drinking much
Acting strange
Loss of Appetite

Hi, we have a 17lb 5 year old mini American Eskimo who was given meloxicam for a soft tissue injury in his hind leg. He gets a dose every 24 hours. Since starting the medication he has been acting strange. He is less interested in eating, drinking or playing. We have to make him go outside to go to the bathroom and many times he simply sits down and refuses to do anything. He has been taking this for 6 days now. We will probably be stopping this, as his behavior is concerning us. Any advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A reduction in appetite isn’t unusual in cases of meloxicam poisoning, a reduction in drinking can be attributable to less activity and a reduction in activity can be put down to the soft tissue injury (activity should be restricted anyway to assist with recovery); I wouldn’t be too concerned as long as Hemi isn’t dehydrated and doesn’t have diarrhoea or vomiting. But, if you have concerns, you should discuss them with your Veterinarian before withdrawing treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kimbo
English Bulldog
8
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic, loss of appetite
Lethargic

We took our 62 lb bulldog to the vet last week because he had a limp. She found a cut on his paw but thinks it also might be arthritis. Long story short she gave us meloxican liquid to give him 3ml once a day, cephalexin (one 500mg twice a day), and hydroxyl is (one 50mg twice a day) all with food, and then to wipe his paw twice a day with chlorhexidine solution dilute. He was great for the first 3 days. But the last 2 days, he’s been super lethargic and has no apptetite. He’s also fallen asleep standing and will collapse. We haven’t given him any medicine for the last 2 doses because he hasn’t been eating and he’s supposed to eat with the medicine. What should we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are noticing side effects after giving the medication you should stop the medication and visit your Veterinarian for another examination; your Veterinarian should be open tomorrow after Thanksgiving weekend and they will evaluate Kimbo’s condition and will decide whether to continue treatment or change. Continue to bathe the paw with the dilute chlorhexidine and try to encourage eating with boiled chicken and rice or some warm wet food. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My Shiba Inu weighs 36 lbs. She takes 1/4 of 7.5 mg tablet once every 12 hours. At the onset it seemed to help with the inflammation in her leg, and she seemed more active. After a week, she seemed to be slowing down. Now she doesn't want to go out, refuses to walk, and when she walks, she walks as though the pads of her feet hurt or are very tender. She seems a little disoriented, maybe from the meds? I just wanted a 2nd opinion as to whether I should ease off the Meloxicam or up the dose. Is that normal for a dog her size? 1/4 of a tablet every 12 hours?

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Clover
Pomeranian
20 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Stool

Medication Used

Meloxicam
Tramadol

Dog was prescribed Maloxicam by vet after fracture of leg. He has been on it for a week and vet has not indicated how long I should administer it. They told me to give a 12 lb dose so I’ve been giving just under the 12lb mark every 24 hours. My dog is 1 1/2 years old and healthy. Two days ago he has red dripping from his anus. I panicked but thought maybe it was from consuming pumpkin since I’ve been giving it to him to make defecating easier since he was also prescribed tramadol. He had two normal stools in between but this morning after a normal stool strained some more and had a small amount of blood on his anus again. I an so worried because I did my own research to see this is a possible side effect after the vet did ZERO education to me about possibilities while on this treatment. I am very concerned and am wondering if he should go to the vet. I plan to discontinue all the medication completely.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should stop the administration of meloxicam and visit your Veterinarian immediately; gastrointestinal bleeding is a side effect of meloxicam use and you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocco
English Shepherd
12 Years
Serious condition
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My dog just had his right hind leg amputated two days ago after xrays showed likely OSA at his TPLO surgery site from about 7 years ago. He's 12.5 yo and has always had issues with Rimadyl raising toxicity levels. He's on gabapentin, tramadol, hydromorpine every 8 hours and just started Metacam following the surgery and has had 2 doses so far, the first was double his weight (65lbs) about 6 hours after his surgery, the second dose was the regular dose for a 60LB dog (on syringe) 24 hours later. As he recovers and (is pretty drugged); I noticed drops in appetite and energy level with the second dose of Metacam. I know this drug helps the gabapentin, but based on his history with Rimadyl, I'm concerned about adverse effects and don't want to make him sicker. I read about a new NSAID called Galliprant that might be better, but unsure about making a sudden switch. My questions are: 1) Should I switch to Galliprant immediately or better to reduce Metacam dose and see? 2) How low can I reduce the Metacam and still have it positively work with the Gabapentin? 3) My vet believes my dog should be on an NSAID for life. Once the OSA is confirmed by Pathology, he'll be starting chemo. Given all the above and Rocco's current and long term situation, what do you think is the best course of option? (I think whatever I do, the lowest possible or effective dose will probably be best, but not sure how to determine that amount).

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst I understand your concerns, Galliprant (grapiprant) is contraindicated in dogs already receiving NSAIDs among other medications and is licensed for used in cases of osteoarthritis; also Galliprant also carries side effects and adverse reactions like vomiting, diarrhoea and lack of appetite. Any use of Galliprant would need to be at your Veterinarian’s discretion and under their supervision; I cannot recommend any prescription medication for a dog I haven’t personally examined. I’ve added the prescribing information below for Galliprant which you may find interesting. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.elanco.us/galliprant/pdf/galliprantpi.pdf

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Mickey
West Highland White Terrier (Westie)
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

stumbling around, as if dizzy
Lethargy
restlessness

Medication Used

Theophylline .9ml 2x/day
Sildenafil 20mg 2x/day
Orbax 1.5ml 1x/day

My 14-yr old Westie, Mickey, has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. Historically, he hasn't reacted well to Rimadyl, so the Oncologist prescribed Loxicom. At first we gave him a 9lb dose/.27ml once a day (Mickey is 18lbs). We had no issues with that dosage for the first month or so, so we bumped it up to 9lbs (.27ml), 2x/day per the directions on the box. No problems.

It has now been 4 months that he has been taking Loxicom. We had a follow-up last week and it appears that the mass in the bladder has not increased (Yay!).

Since Mickey hasn't had any adverse rx reactions, we decided to bump him up to just one 18lb dose (.54ml), 1x/day, like it "should" be.

I have now been giving Mickey 18# (.54ml) Loxicom 1x/day for one week. I started to notice what looks like "not feeling good"/mild dizziness after the evening rx. One evening that I'm aware of, he threw up his entire dinner.

Last night he ate all his dinner. Seemed a little off, but nothing alarming.
This morning around 3am he was snorting. I was told before that this was allergies, but his allergies are controlled w/a monthly CADI shot and his symptoms have been almost non-existent. So this was odd.

Around 4am he became restless and started circling in the bed. I took him outside and he continued to stumble around in circles. One time he fell to the side of his back legs and just sat there. He seemed out of it. Didn't respond to my voice. IF he threw up, I wasn't aware of it. He calmed down after an hour. I had given him his rx, including Loxicom, approx. 8-9 hrs earlier.

The only thing that has changed recently was upping to a 1x/day dosage of the Loxicom, and the addition of Sildenafil (pretty much simultaneously). First I thought that it might be the Sildenafil causing the symptoms, but then realized that he doesn't have these symptoms in the morning. While Sildenafil is both AM and PM, the Loxicom is only PM, and that is when he has the symptoms.

Today, he has basically just been sleeping all day. I gave him his Theophylline, Sildenafil and Orbax at 10am, and there are NO symptoms like what I witnessed early this morning.

Could Loxicom .54ml at one time be too much for him? Would it still be effective if I went back to the .27ml 2x/day?


OTHER RX:
Mickey has also been taking Theophylline for approx 5 months for sick sinus syndrome, and it has been successful in controlling his symptoms (coughing/stumbling).

Note that at the same time that we started Loxicom 18#(.54ml) 1x/day, the same day he was diagnosed with interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, and started on 20mg Sildenafil.

The Cardiologist and Oncologist are in communication with each other and are aware of the rx's being prescribed.

I will also be asking the Oncologist for his opinion, but I was hoping that someone could specifically address the concern w/Meloxicam Poisoning.

Thank you, Mickey's Mommy

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst you give the meloxicam (Loxicom) one per day with the side effects occurring eight or nine hours later, the description of side effects are more consistent with the sildenafil (Viagra) than meloxicam. I would certainly speak with both of your Specialists to discuss Mickey’s problems as he is under their duty of care and I cannot advise you to change any prescription medication as I haven’t physically examined him. The dizziness may also be attributable to the sick sinus syndrome as well if there is an issue with blood flow, so talking with your Cardiologist first would be key. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oscar
Maltese x
16 years
Serious condition
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My dog Oscar had .45ml of Meloxicam daily for two weeks following oral surgery. He has developed a red scabby rash particularly around his penis and scrotum. Is this an allergic reaction? I have stopped medication, what else can I do? I have seen vet and have had creams etc but they haven't resolved the redness and scabs.he now has collar to prevent licking, but as he is also blind it's causing disorientation.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Meloxicam may cause a skin reaction as it is listed as one of the potential side effects of use; in these circumstances it is important to stop giving the meloxicam and to treat any redness topically. Healing may take some time, it is important to regularly bathe the area if it has been licked and to reapply the cream as directed; there is no other treatment I’m afraid. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.fda.gov/downloads/AnimalVeterinary/Products/ApprovedAnimalDrugProducts/DrugLabels/UCM050394.pdf

Thank you so much. My vet does not seem to know about likelihood of rash, but it's quite serious. What topical ointment should I use? Really appreciate your help. Am very annoyed that this side effect was NOT listed on pamphlet that came with medication. I had to find it myself, even though I did raise it with the vet a week ago.

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Rosie
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dizziness, can't stand, bloody diarrhoea, excessiv

My 10 year old corgi was prescribed metacam on the Monday and by Friday evening was wobbly on its feet and by the next morning was unable to stand. The vet then gave gabapentin and tramadol. She then developed excessive breathing, excessive thirst and drippling and became very limp with bloody diarrhoea. All meds were stopped and all but the inability to stand and walk have resolved. I guess the clearance of metacam is 6 days which is by tomorrow. Since stopping her muscle tone is better and there is some movement in her legs and tail but I just want her to stand up

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Adverse reactions to Metacam (meloxicam) may include vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, dark or tarry stools, increased water consumption, increased urination, pale gums due to anemia, yellowing of gums, skin or white of the eye due to jaundice, lethargy, incoordination, seizure or behavioral changes; I cannot say whether or not the Metacam was directly related to Rosie’s inability to stand, but other symptoms like diarrhoea (with blood) and other gastrointestinal signs may be attributable to the Metacam (which may occur). If you are seeing an improvement day by day in her condition, it is a positive sign but there may be other issues causing this; for example, what was Rosie prescribed Metacam for in the first place? Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.fda.gov/downloads/AnimalVeterinary/Products/ApprovedAnimalDrugProducts/DrugLabels/UCM422143.pdf

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Remmy
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
9 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Black tar stool, inappetence, lethargy, anemia

I suspect Meloxicam poisoning was responsible for my dogs death. My other dog, who started Meloxicam at the same time and from the same bottle, also became ill but survived. Is there a way to confirm post mortem if this was indeed Meloxicam poisoning or a "bad batch" of Meloxicam?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is a correlation with the commencement of the use of meloxicam in both dogs and their illness and the subsequent death of Remmy, it is suggestive but not conclusive that meloxicam was the cause; another possible cause may be down to poisoning from another source, however if your other dog recovered after being taken off the meloxicam it is too suggestive. Toxicity of meloxicam at one, three and five times the therapeutic dose has been tested on dogs showed a mixed amount of results during necropsy after the six week and six month study; if you suspect that meloxicam is the cause, I would advise you to reach out to a Pathology service to perform a necropsy based on your suspicions and they will compile a report. Also, check the manufacturer's website of the meloxicam to see if there was a recall of a batch (I do not know of any current recall). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.fda.gov/downloads/AnimalVeterinary/Products/ApprovedAnimalDrugProducts/DrugLabels/UCM422145.pdf (right hand side of the page) www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/meloxicam/

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Belle
Poodle
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My healthy, 3 month old 10 lb standard poodle puppy accidentally ate one of my 7.5mg Meloxicam tablets. Within 2-3 hours, I had her at the vet to induce vomiting and administer charcoal treatment. They sent me home with Sucralfate and Famotidine with instructions to return 48 hours later for blood and urine tests. It is now 7 hours later and she is exhibiting no symptoms and did not have any symptoms to begin with. All seems fine but I am worried about potential kidney damage. Should I be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst 7.5mg would be above the therapeutic range for meloxicam usage in dogs, it isn’t a toxic dose; however it is best practice to perform decontamination with vomiting and activated charcoal to prevent undesired side effects like vomiting, diarrhoea, gastric ulcers, abdominal pain etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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poppy
Whippet
21 Months
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Blood In Stool

Our almost 2 yr old whippet was spayed on wednesday, recovering well on Friday, but by friday evening she started passing blood in diarrhoea and this has got worse. We stopped the Meloxicam and vet has given her something else to calm her. Can't reach vets today as sunday but very worried. Would be very grateful for any guidance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Gastrointestinal bleeding is a known side effect of meloxicam use (more common in long term use); in these cases your Veterinarian will decide on whether to manage the bleeding and continue with meloxicam or to change to a different pain relief medication. Stopping the meloxicam is usually sufficient if that was the underlying cause; keep a close eye on Poppy and if you see an increase in bleeding or other worrying symptoms listed here visit an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jaxon
Chihuahua
8 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Lethargy, rapid heartbeat, black tarry stools,

My vet prescribed meloxicam 10 the dosage it was suppose to be to my 8 lb chihuahua. This went on for 6 days every 24 hours. How long will my dog continue to have symptoms? He also has a grade 3/4 heart murmur and the rapid breathing has been going on 5 days after the vet realizing they had overdosed him with the incorrect prescription. He was getting 2.5ml instead of .25 Kidneys and blood work comes back normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In cases of overdose of meloxicam the best course of action is to ensure that Jaxon is getting plenty of fluids (ideally with intravenous fluids being administered as an inpatient) and isn’t suffering from gastrointestinal ulcers (symptomatic therapy may be required); blood tests for liver and kidney function should be repeated after two weeks as the effects may be delayed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/meloxicam/

Hi! I have a husky and he's about 50 pounds. I have back spasms and use meloxicam for my back. It is 15 mg. This morning I get up and my dog chewed the cap open and my medication was all over the floor! I had a lot already but saw some pills broken and didn't see much missing, but I still don't know if he ate some. Since I saw two aere broken he probably tried to eat it (maybe ate 1) and figured out he did not like the taste. He seems fine but I'm still scared.

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Bud
Jack Russell
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea, lethargy

Medication Used

Metacam

My dog has been given Metacam painrelief following surgery last Thursday. The vet said to give him 6ml mixed with food. However, i gave him 60ml as a one off by accident and did not realise until the next day. He was sleepy on the first day thinking back to it and has had slight diarrhoea, which he sometimes has anyway. He is acting as normal and is still hyper and active. Would the side effects have shown by now? Or is it possible that worse side effects could still be yet to come? I am worried as he is only a puppy and is a Miniature dog, so he is very small still.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normal symptoms of meloxicam overdose are vomiting, diarrhoea (black tarry faeces), lethargy, lack of appetite and in some cases may cause kidney failure. Whilst this was a one off event it would be best to see your Veterinarian to be on the safe side especially concerning the kidneys. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
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patchy
Jack Russell Terrier
10
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

bloody stool vomiting high liver enzymes and kidne

Medication Used

Metacam

My dog has been on metacam for 2 years, yesterday bloody stool, vomiting, took to vet had high liver enzymes over 1000 and showing signs of kidney problems. I discontinued metacam immediately, will the enzymes levels return to normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible after the withdrawal of the meloxicam that the liver enzymes will decreases but liver damage may be permanent, only regular testing after withdrawal will tell; in the meantime liver support supplements may be used like Denamarin which contains natural ingredients (so no prescription) can support the liver. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tessie
Dachshund
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None as of yet

Medication Used

15mg mobic

My dachshund mix dog just ate around 15, 15mg mobics. She got the pills off the dinning table. What should I look for in symptoms. She's seems fine right now. I'm not able to get her to a vet tonight because I'm disabled and can't get her is a vehicle by myself.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Large doses of meloxicam ingestion should always be treated as an emergency as ingestion may lead to kidney failure. Typically symptoms seen are vomiting, black tarry stools (from gastrointestinal bleeding), lethargy, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, seizures, other neurological symptoms and in severe cases death. I would strongly recommend having Tessie visit her Veterinarian immediately, call a taxi or family friend if need be. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Samson
Pit Bull Miami Blue
11/12
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Mistaken doseage

Medication Used

Meloxicam

I misread my vet's instructions and gave a full tablet, instead of half, to Sam for the first 3/4 days of meloxicam prescription. She is out of town and unreachable. I haven't noticed any change in appetite or elimination, he might be a little sleepier than normal. How long does it take to see signs of poisoning? Should I be concerned? I've stopped giving him the medication.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A double dose of meloxicam for a few days wouldn’t cause any harm if you haven’t seen any symptoms already (vomiting, abdominal pain, black tarry stool) as symptoms present themselves within hours to days; I would start to give Samson the meloxicam as prescribed going forward. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I've continued giving half a tablet a day and he seems lethargic, but no change in appetite or elimination. We're seeing the vet this weekend or next, but should I try to see one even sooner?

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Albus
Schnauzer
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Black Stool
Loss of Appetite
Third eyelid not fully retracting
tumor
exophthalmia
Balance Loss

Medication Used

Meloxicam

Hi, my dog was diagnosed with Horner Syndrome the 19 of May. It was believed that it was a minor cause related to an ear infection. It was treated with Meloxicam every 24 hours. We noticed blackish stool and balance loss. After 5 days of treatment, the symptoms subsided and he seemed to be fine. However, the next day he began an exophthalmic process of his left eye (the infected ear was the left ear as well). We took him back to the vet and he asked for an ultrasound. An unknown mass was found behind the eye, approximately 2 times the size of the eyeball. We took him to an Ophthalmologist who made a procedure to drain believing it was an abscess. Nothing came out, she took a sample of the mass and sent it to the lab. We haven’t gotten the results yet. A highly-likely tumor of unknown nature was pre-diagnosed. We began an alternative treatment manage by a third vet with lavender and Curcumin. He had 2 more days of Meloxicam with his original vet. 3 days after the Meloxicam stopped, we noticed a decrease in the exophthalmic process and the eye slowly began to make its way back to its place, we associated it with good results of the alternative treatment. Yesterday we took him to a general check and his vet was very happy with his general state, he was waving his tail again, barking and following me everywhere: he was happy. However, our vet gave him a new dosage of Meloxicam for good measure. An hour later, we noticed a new exophthalmic process. Today his eye is popping out a lot more than yesterday. I went out with him for a 30 minutes’ walk and when we got home, he had a drop of blood coming out of the lacrimal. I called the Ophthalmologist and she said it might have been an over irrigation of the zone that combined with the swelling generate an over dilation of blood vessels and a bit of swelling. She recommended ice in the eye to reduce inflammation. He isn’t bleeding anymore. But it occurred to me that this could be an adverse effect to Meloxicam, do you believe it to be possible bearing in mind we don’t know for sure that it is a tumor? I’m really worried and we won’t get results from the lab up until next Thursday even though the sample was taken the 25.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is an interesting correlation between the administration of meloxicam and exophthalmos; I do not know of a relationship between the two, however I have found some reference to a relationship in human use but couldn’t find a reputable source to reference; it would be best to get the results of the biopsy before making any guesses to a cause. At this point, I understand that you are reluctant to give more meloxicam and you should speak with the prescribing Veterinarian as adverse reactions (especially unusual ones) should be reported for pharmacovigilance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bailey
Labrador Retriever
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

My 70lb lab got into a bottle of 15mg meloxicam today while we were gone, we are guessing there were may 6 to 7 in the bottle. We gave her two doses of peroxide but she hasn't vomited. We are keeping a close eye on her, she seems to be acting fine..... Any suggestions?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst a dose of 90-105 mg isn’t lethal for a labrador it may still cause gastrointestinal irritation and bleeding. If Bailey isn’t vomiting with the hydrogen peroxide, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for decontamination and activated charcoal to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jasmine
Shitzu
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Amoxicillin

I gave my little shitzu of 11 lbs - one half pill 7.5 mg tablet of Meloxicam by mistake.
Gave her 3 tablespoons of peroxide right of way but has not thrown up and I don't think she will as it has now been over 20 min. Should I be doing something else? I am so freaked out over this. She just had surgery for removal of stones in her bladder two days ago.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A one time increased dose of meloxicam of 1.5mg/lb shouldn’t cause much alarm, keep Jasmin hydrated and look out for vomiting and diarrhoea. It is unusual for the hydrogen peroxide not to have induced vomiting; most likely Jasmine will have a bit of tummy upset, if you notice any symptoms of meloxicam poisoning visit your Veterinarian for supportive care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tweedy
Pomeranian
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

blood in poop
Diarrhea
Vomiting

Medication Used

Metacam

My 6.4kg Pomeranian has just had a castration and was given metcam from the vets. I was shown by the nurse how much to give him in his feed on the syringe. The next day I have him that dosage and very quickly ran out of the medicine and called the vets. The veterinary nurse had actually advised us the dosage of a 64kg so had overdosed him ten times he amount. When I took him back to the vets and said he has had bright red bloody diarrhoea and sickness during the night was told to monitor him. Should I contact another vet for a second opinion as I feel they fear a backlash of consequence and may be ill advising us? Luckily I have 3 witnesses to say how much she advised to medicate him. His sick is a small pile of food with no blood, no bile just a mass of food. His poo is half solid the rest a bright red very gelatine like consistency. We are now 5 days in after the overdose and becoming increasingly worried. These symptoms did not right away but has occurred on the 4th and 5th day post op.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would visit another Veterinarian as meloxicam overdosing may lead to kidney failure in some patients, plus Tweedy may require some supportive and symptomatic care to help make him more comfortable whilst going through this event. It would be best to visit another Veterinarian as soon as you can. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gizmo
Japanese Chin
14 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None as of yet

My dog was prescribed Meloxidyl 1.5 mg/ml for 10 lb every 24 hours and was accidentally given a second dose by a family member within about a 2 hour time frame. Is this cause for serious alarm? He weighs about 12 lbs

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An extra dose of meloxicam shouldn’t cause any ill effects for Gizmo, but keep an eye on her stool and look out for blood and diarrhoea. Other symptoms are unlikely given the low amount given (double dose isn’t too serious). If you do have any doubts or you notice tremors or any other worrying symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Poppy
Jack Russell
8months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

My 10kg puppy was spayed on Wednesday and today she chewed through her metacam bottle I'm not sure how much she ingested of the medicine it was a 10ml 1.5 mg bottle and she has had an 8kg dose a day for the last 5 days what should I do she seems fine?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Induction of vomiting within two to three hours using 3% hydrogen peroxide is best before the meloxicam gets into her system. Otherwise, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian for activated charcoal and if necessary fluid therapy. Poppy should be OK, but caution should always be taken with possible poisoning; as whilst Poppy didn’t consume a lethal dose, symptoms can still present with bloody diarrhoea, vomiting, lethargy, abdominal pains or seizures. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruby
Doberman Pinscher
9 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Meloxicam overdose

My Doberman got into my prescription mail order. She has been to the vet twice this week. She's in bad shape. Blood work shows kidneys are still functioning. She has been prescribed 1000 mg of sucrafate every 6 hours. Metronidazole 500mg twice a day, omeprazole once a day. She still has black runny stool and no appetite. She is very lethargic. Her gums are really pale. Is ther any hope for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In cases of severe poisoning, it is always difficult to give a prognosis as the outcome is dependent on a variety of factors including amount consumed, time taken before treatment commenced, treatment and supportive care given, response to treatment and any complications. I wish I could put your mind at rest, but there are too many variables and I don’t want to promise anything; your Veterinarian would be able to give you a better idea based on response to treatment and current symptom severity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tater
Chihuahua
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

cant walk
Weakness
Seizures
Lethargic

Medication Used

Meloxicam

I have a 8 lb chihuahua and on 1-16-17 he was diagnosed with a herniated disc. The vet prescribed him prednisone and after 10 days he wasn't any better. So the vet then gave him meloxicam on 2-2-17. Since beginning the medicine he has became more lethargic and in the past two days has began having seizures. Is this a side effect of the meloxicam or could there be another problem. He is a older dog I'm not quite sure how old tho. At least over 10 years old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Changes in behaviour and seizures are rare side effects of meloxicam; in these instances it is important to stop treatment and visit your Veterinarian for a check to determine if the seizures were due to the meloxicam or due to another cause. Seizures may occur in dogs due to internal disease, trauma or poisoning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Missy
Rottweiler
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tarry Stool
Diarrhea
Vomiting
Lethargic
Diarrhea, lethargy

I have a older wrottie. She is showing symptoms of toxicity and I am unsure of how bad it really is. She has diarrhea and it is black and tarry. She had blood in her stool, enough to be concerned. She takes Meloxicam for her hips and has for a long time. She vomited once, but diarrhea hasn't subsided all the way. We gave her Kaopectate to help the digestive issues. She has been lethargic and also has a hurt paw so even more so.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Long term use of meloxicam may cause gastric ulcers which can lead to tarry stools. Speak with your Veterinarian about different medications which may help prevent further bleeding or a change of the pain medication. Other causes of black stools are foreign bodies, tumours, trauma and internal bleeding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maggie
Mixed
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

zero

Medication Used

meloxicam 1.5 mg

i'm so desapointed... my 11 years old ad a new prescription of meloxicam this morning and i gave her the wrong dose that was prescribe my mistake i overdose her :( she was suppose to get 7kg a day and i gave her 70 kg i'm so nervours his she gonna die ?? she refuse to vomit with peroxide.. so i had to bring her back to the vet and they gave her charcoal and put her on IV and now we are waiting for symptom i bring her 1 hour after she took the meloxicam is she going to die or have big side effet ??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Meloxicam overdose generally presents as bloody diarrhoea, bloody vomit, abdominal pain, lethargy and seizures; thankfully, you noticed the mistake and Maggie received preventative care within a good timeframe. I cannot promise you that she wont die, but the toxic dose of meloxicam is significantly higher than what was received so with the quick Veterinary action, the prognosis is favourable (but not guaranteed). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gaius
Yellow Lab
11
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Diarrhea upon starting medication
Low appetite
Lethargic

I am wondering if there's a chance my 11 year old lab has Meloxicam poisoning. He began the oral treatment on the Dec 17. On December 21 he had his final dose of Adequan (it was an 9 dose series of one every 3 days) . On the 22nd he developed diahrrea that lasted about 3 days then stopped. He has been a bit more lethargic, but he's a slow older lab with some arthritis, so it can be harder to tell. Starting on Dec 31 his appetite slowed, and I've had to coax him to eat his food (mixing with water/broth or adding rice). Yesterday and today he only ate half his breakfast and ate a full dinner last night, and for the last week he's been more lethargic for sure and seemed kind of "depressed", and when taken for a walk he seems to slow down quicker than usual. I skipped his dosage of Meloxicam yesterday but did give it to him today before researching. Does this seem consistent with possible Meloxicam poisoning? Does it warrant an immediate vet visit and bloodwork and medicines? Or would stopping for a few days to see if he improves at this point be sufficient? I want to do what's right but don't want to add more medications if stopping and watching is sufficient. Just not sure if the poisoning is something that can clear itself up if not in a critical stage, or if any effect must need vet help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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From the symptoms you describe it sounds like Gaius is having some side effects from meloxicam and not poisoning (poisoning suggests an excessive dose). In cases of side effects like diarrhoea (possibly bloody diarrhoea), loss of appetite and lethargy; treatment should be stopped and your Veterinarian should be consulted about the next steps required and possible change in pain management medication, blood tests shouldn’t be required unless other more serious side effects appear. Other side effects include yellowing of the skin or eyes, increased urination, increased thirst and itchy skin. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kozmo
Great Dane x Mastiff
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loud Breathing
Runny tar like stools 5 in a 12 day period
Still drinking and urinating
Hadn't eaten in 12 days
Vomiting
Lethargic

Medication Used

Meloxicam

Hi
My Great Dane was on Meloxicam for around 4 months. He was over 80kg and was administered 5ml orally (on top of his meal) daily.
He had done a cruciate ligament in his hind leg and had a shoulder issue that was about to be ct scanned prior to operating on both a front and hind leg on the same side.
A full body x ray in August revealed nothing.
Unfortunately he passed away in my arms on Monday . His symptoms were that of poisoning. Would having him on meloxicam over a period of time be a contributing factor?
No previous issues prior to 24/11/2016

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Meloxicam used at the correct dosage of 0.1mg/kg should not show any ill effects in dogs when used long-term; however, some Veterinarians still prescribe another medication like famotidine (Pepcid) to protect the stomach just in case. Kozmo was 80kg and was receiving 5ml of meloxicam per day which is fine for the oral suspension which contains 1.5mg/ml of meloxicam. The symptoms you describe do correlate with meloxicam poisoning but also are shared with many other types of poisoning as well; unless your oral suspension was the higher strength concentration for horses at 15mg/ml then I would be cautious at blaming the meloxicam, check the packaging for the concentration. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nikko
Shih Tzu
16 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Diarrhea
Lethargy
Vomiting
Loss of Appetite

My 16yo shih tzu was given an 0.19cc injection of meloxicam for pain due to a minor paw injury. he has vomited twice and had blood in stool, but now just diarrhea and no blood for 48 hours now. he is drinking water and has eaten very little (rice, bread & broth). I've given him activated charcoal... i don't have the money for further vet care...what else can i do???

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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First, let’s determine if Nikko received the correct dosage of meloxicam; meloxicam injection for dogs comes as a 5mg/ml solution, the dosage (single dosage) in dogs is 0.2mg/kg, assuming Nikko is 6kg (around 13lb) he would require a dosage of 1.2mg which would be 0.24ml injection (remember may figures are based on a generalisation), so his dosage is correct. If your Veterinarian is a mixed animal Veterinarian, it is possible that they administered 0.19ml of meloxicam at a concentration of 10mg/ml instead of 5mg/ml; this occurrence is uncommon but I have known it to occur. Usually, meloxicam oral suspension is given daily 24 hours after the injected dose (depending on the reason) at a dose of 0.1mg/kg. Some dogs have an adverse reaction to meloxicam, which may include vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and less frequently blood in the stool; therefore it seems likely that Nikko had an adverse reaction to the meloxicam. Unless Nikko received a high amount of meloxicam from an oral suspension, activated charcoal would be of little use as the active ingredient wouldn’t be in the stomach; usually in these types of reactions, withdrawal of any treatment along with supportive therapy (hydration etc…). If you notice any abdominal pain, further bloody stool or vomit, please visit your Veterinarian regardless of cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Essie
greyhound
12.5 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea, lethargy
diahorrea

hi
my vet printed the wrong doseage instructions on the bottle of inflacam for my dog. The told me to give 25ml as the dogs weight is 25kg. However the medication they gave me was for horses and 10 times stronger. She should have actually had 2.5ml and I gave her 25ml. She only showed signs of discomfort 17 hours later when she started small amounts of diahorrea. We phoned the vet immediately who took her in and put 750 ml of fluids through her but it hasn't helped the diaorhhea. She cant seem to hold any food (just chicken) and within half an hour she is out in the garden. She is an older dog of 12 years and I am worried this has caused lasting damage. Please help. The overdose was now 58 hours ago.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Meloxicam poisoning can have severe symptoms (vomiting, diarrhoea, gastrointestinal tract bleeding, lethargy, loss of appetite and seizures) with severe poisoning events leading to kidney failure. Due to the effect on the gastrointestinal tract, vomiting and diarrhoea are expected and medications like omeprazole would normally be prescribed to prevent the progression of ulceration and metoclopramide to prevent vomiting. With Essie’s age, we do need to worry about her overall health, the amount of overdose of meloxicam wasn’t in the toxic range; however, should she already be suffering from illness (without symptoms) the effects of the overdose may be more profound, I would recommend getting blood tests to check her kidney and liver function to ensure that there are no signs of problems there. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My understanding was that she gave 10 times the dose of medication and the concentration was ten times what it should be and it's "not in the toxic range?". I don't unstand how that's not a toxic dose.

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Muffin
German Shepherd
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Appetite loss

Two to three days ago my dog ate the majority of a bottle of Meloxicam prescribed to our older dogs. She weighs about 92lbs while they both weigh between 110 and 130. They each only get half a pill regularly, which makes the bottle last about a month. She has vomited three times and mostly refuses to eat. Should I take her to our clinic immediately?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Please visit your Veterinarian as meloxicam poisoning in high doses can cause gastric ulceration, bleeding of the gastrointestinal tract leading to black tarry stools, seizure and kidney failure. Whilst a toxic dose of meloxicam is extremely high, since she ate the best part of a full bottle, I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for supportive treatment and some blood and urinary tests for kidney function. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Olive
Blue Heeler
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Out of Breath

Have my dog locicom at 7:30 this morning and misread the directions and gave her the same dose again at 7:30 tonight. Is there any harm in this ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Olive should be OK, the second dose was given twelve hours after the first and wasn’t given in excess either time. Signs of meloxicam poisoning are vomiting (with blood), black tarry diarrhoea (due to presence of blood), lethargy, excessive thirst, abdominal pain and seizures; if you notice any of those clinical signs, visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi there - I am a veterinarian from the manufacturer of Loxicom (Norbrook Laboratories) and we would consider this as an adverse event report - would it be possible to get an email address for Olives owner so we can report the 'out of breath' symptom as a potential consequence of the overdosing?

We are obliged to follow up on such reports.

Kind Regards

Dr. Deborah McGeown MRCVS

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Max
Great Dane
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My 100 pound great dane puppy ingested 4 and a half of the 7.5 mg talbets of meloxicam. I induced vomiting within a half hour. Is there anything else that I should do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Four and a half tablets of Meloxicam shouldn’t cause Max any problems since 33.25mg is well below the dangerous dosage levels for a dog of 100lb. I would advise you keep an eye on Max for the next day or so for the following signs: vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain and tremors, if any signs present visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

what other meds was Max on?

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