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Dogs can experience various types of pain, from chronic conditions like arthritis to acute discomfort following surgeries or injuries. Managing pain in dogs is crucial for ensuring their well-being and quality of life. One commonly prescribed medication for pain relief in dogs is Meloxidyl. 

Veterinarians often recommend Meloxidyl to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and improve mobility in dogs suffering from osteoarthritis or post-operative discomfort. Has your vet prescribed this medication? Keep reading to learn more about Meloxidyl for dogs. 

What is Meloxidyl for Dogs?

Meloxidyl (meloxicam)l is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) designed for veterinary use in dogs. It's a common arthritis medication for dogs. The active ingredient is meloxicam, which is known for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain-relieving), and fever-reducing properties.1 

Meloxidyl works by inhibiting the production of certain enzymes that play a role in the inflammatory process. 

Veterinarians commonly prescribe this medication to manage various types of pain and inflammation associated with various conditions. It's particularly used in osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that causes pain and stiffness, and provides relief from post-operative pain. Meloxidyl typically comes as an oral suspension, but generic meloxicam is available in chewable tablets.1 

Meloxidyl for Dogs Uses

Meloxidyl for dogs is indicated for managing pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.1 The medication can help improve joint function and mobility, providing relief from the discomfort caused by arthritis. 

It may also be prescribed after surgical procedures to treat pain and inflammation. Meloxidyl for dogs is often given post-operatively to alleviate discomfort and help in the recovery process to enhance the dog's quality of life during the healing process.2 

As an NSAID, Meloxidyl for dogs can also be used to manage pain associated with soft tissue injuries, such as strains or sprains. It can be prescribed to manage pain and inflammation, promoting faster recovery. 

Meloxidyl can also be used as part of a pain management plan for dogs with chronic conditions that can cause discomfort. It helps improve the dog's quality of life by reducing pain and inflammation with various conditions.2 

Meloxidyl for Dogs Dosage

Meloxidyl can be purchased in 10 mL and 32 mL vials.3 The appropriate dosage of Meloxidyl for dogs depends on factors like the dog's weight, overall health, and the specific condition being treated. 

Here are some tips for administering Meloxidyl to dogs: 

  • Follow veterinary guidance: Always administer Meloxidyl according to your vet's instructions. Don't adjust the dosage without consulting your vet, as they consider the dog's needs and health status. 
  • Use the provided syringe or dropper: Meloxidyl often comes with a syringe or dropper for accurate dosing. Use the provided measuring device to ensure precise administration of the medication based on the prescribed dosage. 
  • Administer with food: Meloxidyl is often recommended to be given with a meal to minimize the risk of stomach upset.
  • Monitor for side effects: Keep an eye out for potential side effects of Meloxidyl for dogs, such as gastrointestinal upset or changes in behavior. If adverse reactions occur, contact your vet as soon as possible. 
  • Complete the full course: Finish the entire prescribed course of Meloxidyl for dogs, even if your dog's symptoms improve before completion. Abruptly stopping can make the symptoms return. 

Meloxidyl For Dogs Side Effects

Meloxidyl is generally well tolerated in dogs, but there are potential side effects to be aware of, such as: 

  • GI upset: Dogs may experience gastrointestinal issues like vomiting, diarrhea, or changes in appetite. Administering Meloxidyl with food can minimize these effects. 
  • Mild lethargy: Some dogs may exhibit mild lethargy or drowsiness, especially when starting the medication. This is typically temporary and may resolve as the dog adjusts to the treatment. 
  • Increased thirst and urination: Meloxidyl can occasionally lead to increased thirst and urination. Monitoring water intake and outdoor habits is advisable. 
  • Allergic reactions: In rare cases, dogs may be allergic to Meloxidyl. Signs of an allergic response include facial swelling, hives, or difficulty breathing. If this happens, take your dog to the nearest emergency veterinary center as soon as possible. 
  • Stomach ulcers or bleeding: Long-term use of NSAIDs like Meloxidyl can, in rare cases, lead to stomach ulcers or gastrointestinal bleeding. If signs like dark or tarry stools, vomiting with blood, or abdominal pain occur, seek immediate veterinary assistance.1 

During treatment, you should continuously monitor your pet. Depending on the condition being treated, you may need to schedule regular veterinary appointments to monitor the dog's overall health, assess the response to Meloxidyl, and adjust the treatment plan if necessary. 

Pay attention to any changes in your dog's behavior, energy levels, or appetite. Report any usual or concerning observations to your vet. 

If you notice any side effects, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. They can guide whether adjustments to the dosage or treatment plan are necessary. 

Drug Interactions and Contraindications

When using Meloxidyl for dogs, it's important to be aware of potential drug interactions. Certain medications can interact with Meloxidyl, affecting its efficacy or leading to adverse effects. You should always inform your vet about all medications that your dog is taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements. Some medications that may interact with Meloxidyl include: 

  • Other NSAIDs: You shouldn't use other NSAIDs with Meloxidyl for dogs because it can increase the risk of gastrointestinal ulcers and bleeding. Avoid using Meloxidyl simultaneously with other NSAIDs unless specifically instructed by your vet. 
  • Steroids: Combining Meloxidyl with corticosteroids like prednisone may elevate the risk of GI complications. The vet will carefully consider the use of both medications based on your dog's health condition. 
  • ACE inhibitors: Ace inhibitors typically prescribed for heart conditions can interact with Meloxidyl. Your vet will assess the potential risks and benefits when considering concurrent use of these medications.2 

In addition to dogs on certain medications, certain health conditions may influence whether your dog should take Meloxidyl. Inform your vet about your dog's complete medical history, especially if your dog has: 

  • Renal impairment: Dogs with kidney issues may require adjusted dosages or closer monitoring when using NSAIDs.2 
  • Liver disease: Dogs with liver disease may metabolize medications differently. The veterinarian will carefully consider the dog's liver function when prescribing Meloxidyl and may adjust the dose accordingly. Heart conditions: Dogs with heart conditions may require cautious use of Meloxidyl, as NSAIDs can affect blood pressure.2 
  • History of ulcers: Dogs with a history of gastrointestinal ulcers may be at an increased risk of complications.2 
  • Allergic reactions to NSAIDs: If your dog has previously had an allergic reaction to any NSAIDs, the veterinarian may consider alternative pain management options.1 
  • Pregnancy: The safety of Meloxidyl in dogs use hasn't been evaluated in pregnant or lactating dogs.1 

Meloxidyl For Dogs Storage Instructions 

Proper storage of Meloxidyl for dogs is essential to ensure its effectiveness and safety. You can find storage instructions on the medication packaging, but in general, you should store your dog's medication at room temperature, avoiding exposure to extreme heat, cold, and sunlight.1 

Always close the container tightly after each use to prevent moisture and air from affecting the quality of the medication. In addition, store medication in a secure location that's inaccessible to pets and children. Accidental ingestion can lead to serious health complications. 

Meloxidyl oral suspension is specifically formulated for dogs and shouldn't be administered to cats. If given to a cat, it can result in severe toxicity and health issues like renal failure and death. This is why proper storage is so important.1 

Pet parents should also strictly adhere to the prescribed dosage. Overdosing on Meloxidyl can lead to adverse effects and complications. If you believe you've given your dog too much Meloxidyl or they've somehow gotten ahold of it themselves, contact your veterinarian or visit the nearest emergency vet clinic.4 

Alternatives to Meloxidyl For Dogs

While Meloxidyl is a common prescription treatment for pain in dogs, it's not your only option. A few other treatment options for osteoarthritis and pain management in dogs include: 

  • Carprofen: Carprofen is another NSAID commonly prescribed for pain management and inflammation in dogs, including conditions like osteoarthritis. 
  • Deracoxib: Deracoxib is an NSAID specifically formulated for dogs to reduce pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and post-operative procedures. It comes in chewable tablets for easy administration. 
  • Galliprant: Galliprant is a newer NSAID that specifically targets a different pathway involved in inflammation. It's used to control pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in dogs. 
  • Tramadol: Tramadol is an opioid analgesic that may be prescribed for moderate to severe pain in dogs. It works differently from NSAIDs and can be used in conjunction with or as an alternative to them.5 
  • Joint supplements: Joint supplements that contain glucosamine and/or chondroitin are commonly used to support joint health in dogs. While not prescription medications, they may provide some relief for dogs with osteoarthritis. 
  • Physical therapy: Physical therapy and exercise tailored to the dog's condition can improve mobility and manage pain. Consult with a vet or dog physical therapist for appropriate exercises. 
  • Weight management: Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for dogs with arthritis. Excess weight can worsen joint pain, so a balanced diet and weight management plan can be essential. 
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Final Notes

Managing pain in dogs requires careful consideration and appropriate medication. Meloxidyl is a common choice for vets to alleviate pain and inflammation in dogs. However, pet parents should be aware of proper administration techniques, potential side effects, and storage instructions to ensure the well-being of their furry companions during treatment. 

It's crucial to follow veterinary guidance when treating your dog with Meloxidyl. If you notice any adverse reactions, contact your vet immediately. 

For pet parents seeking professional vet guidance on their dog's health, try Dutch telemedicine for pets. With a Dutch membership, you can connect with experienced veterinarians online, discuss treatment plans, and receive expert advice from the comfort of your home. Accessing our online vet prescription services can provide convenient and reliable support for your pet's healthcare needs. Sign up for Dutch today.


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  2. “Meloxicam (Metacam).” VIN, Accessed 

  3. “Why Meloxidyl®?” Meloxidyl,

  4. Howe, Stephanie. "Meloxicam (Metacam®, Orocam®, Loxicom®, MELOXIDYL®, Meloxicam Injection, Meloxicam Solution for Injection)." PetMD,

  5. Burke, Anna. "Tramadol for Dogs: Find out Why and How It's Used." American Kennel Club, American Kennel Club, 2 Jan. 2024,

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