Meloxidyl for dogs is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Meloxidyl Oral Suspension is used as an anti-inflammatory for dogs, to treat arthritis and is also used for pain relief in dogs. Furthermore its uses are recognised in the alleviation of inflammation and pain in acute and chronic musculo-skeletal disorders in dogs.
Dosage and administration: To be administered orally via mixing with food. Shake well before use. Initial treatment is a single dose of 0.2 mg meloxicam/kg bodyweight on the first day. Treatment is to be continued once daily by oral administration (at 24-hour intervals) at a maintenance dose of 0.1 mg meloxicam/kg bodyweight.
Particular care should be taken with regard to the accuracy of dosing. The suspension can be given using the measuring syringes provided in the package. The syringe fits onto the bottle and has a kg-body weight scale, which corresponds to the maintenance dose (i.e. 0.1 mg meloxicam/kg bodyweight). Thus, for the first day, twice the maintenance volume will be required.
The suspension could be administered using the smallest syringe for dogs less than 7 kg bodyweight (one graduation corresponding to 0.5 kg of bodyweight) or the largest syringe for dogs over 7 kg body weight (one graduation corresponding to 2.5 kg of bodyweight). A clinical response is normally seen within 3 – 4 days. Treatment should be discontinued after 10 days if no clinical improvement is apparent. Avoid the introduction of contaminants during use.
Contra-indications, warnings, etc: Do not use in pregnant or lactating animals. Do not use in animals suffering from gastrointestinal disorders such as irritation and haemorrhage, impaired hepatic, cardiac or renal function and haemorrhagic disorders, or where there is evidence of individual hypersensitivity to the product. Do not use in dogs less than 6 weeks of age.