We have just discovered important
information regarding the use of Metacam, Rimadyl, Deramax. Please
read this to be sure you are not harming your dog's health
None of the above anti-inflammatories can
be given WITH prednisone or aspirin. The combination creates
extreme GI upset and ulceration, literally stripping the intestinal wall.
According to Cornell emergency vets, many healthy dogs cannot
survive easily from this combination. And, compromised dogs with health
conditions, will worsen rapidly and often die from the
Important signs to watch for while on these
medications are vomiting, tarry stools, loss of appetite and
yellowing around the eyes, indicating kidney problems.
In talking to others involved in animal
care, we are shocked that most people do NOT know this. And, even many
vets do not either.
Additionally, if you are switching between
use of Metacam or Rimadyl or Deramax, you must wait 1 week before changing
over to a new brand. They are so harsh on the gut, you will create
big problems in making this change too quickly. In switching to
prednisone (often used for inflammation or cancer) to one of these
anti-steroidal meds, you must have a 'wash-out' period where the GI tract
clears out the meds. The most appropriate timeframe is 14-28 days, from
In older dogs, who are the prime users of
these meds, the dilemma is that they are used to living with
pain from arthritis and are very stoic, not showing any gut pain. So, it's
easy to miss that ulcers are occurring, until it's too late. While
ulcers in people are treatable, this delay in knowing the dog has them,
leaves dogs very vulnerable to being too far 'gone' to treat. Their intestinal
tract is destroyed before the guardian even knows the dog is in pain.
These meds are incredibly helpful for dogs
in pain but it is important to know that one tiny aspirin or one
prednisone tablet could put your dog in serious jeopardy. The newest
approach to giving these meds is called, LED - Lowest Effective Dose.
Metacam is the only non-steroidal that is given by precise weight so
the idea is to cut back to determine how low a dose works to get the
results to eliminate pain. In the end, a 10 pound dose of Metacam
may work for a 40 pound dog, thus lessening any negative risks.
The sources for this information came from
Dr. Blackstock, Cornell emergency doctor and Dr. Martin, Metacam
veterinarian on staff. For more information, contact 1-866-METACAM, Dr.
Martin is very eager to share information and happy that GHF spread the