MELOXIDYL® Meloxicam for dogs

Meloxidyl often referred to as Meloxicam, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug, obtained via a veterinary prescription.

MELOXIDYL® Meloxicam for dogs

What does Meloxidyl do for dogs?

Meloxidyl is prescribed most commonly to dogs diagnosed with osteoarthritis, which is a condition caused by damaged cartilage between joints.

This medication may also be prescribed for similar joint conditions that cause limping, difficulty navigating stairs or general stiffness of the limbs.

How much Meloxidyl do I give my dog?

Meloxidyl is a liquid medication given orally, either straight into the mouth or with food. Each bottle is packaged with a small and large syringe to ensure you are able to give your dog the correct dosage.

Meloxidyl dosage for dogs is based on weight and the syringes have clear markings to make measuring the medication quick and easy.

For dogs weighing less than 15lbs (6.8kg), the small syringe should be used and the medication drawn up to the number matching the dog’s weight. For example, a dog weighing less than 1lb would be given medication drawn up to the 0.5 marker. The remaining markers denote 1lb in weight, from 1 to 14.

For dogs weighing more than 15lbs (6.8kg), a large syringe should be used. The first marker denotes 5lbs, increasing by 5lbs for each marker, up to 140lbs.

How long does it take for Meloxidyl to work?

There is no set time frame as the effects of the drug differ between individual dogs. Those with mild discomfort or stiffness will see quicker and longer lasting results than dogs with moderate, chronic pain or stiffness.

For most dogs, improvements are noticeable within 2-3 days of administering Meloxidyl, provided the correct dosage has been given at the prescribed increments of time.

What are the side effects of Meloxicam for dogs?

As with any medication, there is a chance that dogs may experience side effects from taking Meloxidyl.

Common side effects include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Change in appetite
  • Reduced energy levels
  • Jaundice (yellowing of eyes, gums and skin)
  • Change in frequency and appearance of urination
  • Skin irritation

More serious side effects such as sudden aggressiveness, loss of coordination and seizures are rare, but have been reported in a small number of cases.

It is vital that you contact your veterinarian if you notice any worrying or unusual side effects in your dog.

Dogs should not be given Meloxidyl if:

  • They have had an allergic reaction to meloxicam in the past
  • They have had an allergic reaction to another NSAID in the past
  • They are already taking another NSAID or corticosteroid

Your veterinarian will talk through alternative treatments if Meloxidyl is not suitable for your dog.

Is Meloxidyl a painkiller for dogs?

Meloxidyl is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in dogs. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your veterinarian.

Should Meloxidyl be given with food?

Meloxidyl Oral Suspension should be given with food or directly into the mouth. However, it is important that you take meloxidyl exactly as prescribed by your vet. The dose may vary depending on the severity of the condition, and your pet’s response to treatment.

Can I give my dog Meloxicam on an empty stomach?

Yes, you can give meloxicam on an empty stomach. There is no need to feed your dog food or treats before giving him meloxicam.

The injectable version of meloxicam can be used just like any other injectable drug. If you’re giving your dog the injectable form of this medication, always follow your vet’s instructions on how much to give them and how often. Never guess or change the dosage without consulting your vet first.


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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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