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    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 29th Sep 17, 12:02 PM
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    • 29th Sep 17, 12:02 PM
    Metacam 29th Sep 17 at 12:02 PM
    We have just had our 13 year old cat - at the vets for dental work (cleaning teeth and removing 3 teeth !)
    He was done, yesterday and today - he has been started on a course of Metacam pain killers
    He doesn't appear to be in any discomfort at the moment.
    We have experience of the side effects of Metacam from another cat - who was put on the same drug by the same vet - he was extremely sick and we stopped the drug !
    Why do vets insist on using the same drug without looking in to history of patients owners ?
    There must be an alternative drug that we can use ?
    Any advice welcome
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    • krlyr
    • By krlyr 9th Oct 17, 7:05 PM
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    Just google "Metacam problems cats" and tell me that this is an uncommon problem ?
    From a US report http://www.optimumchoices.com/images/MetacamRisksInCats.pdf
    Metacam Oral,
    which summarize drug side effects reported by veterinarians.
    Of 842 reports for dogs, 19 cases of kidney failure and no
    deaths were reported. However in 320 cats, 105 cases of
    kidney failure, 48 deaths and 35 cases resulting in euthanasia
    have been reported. This clearly indicates that Metacam poses
    a much greater risk in cats than in dogs

    This is far FAR higher than 1%
    Originally posted by 50Twuncle
    Those will be reported cases of side effects. No one's going to report the fact that their cat went on it with no side effects.

    One of the listed side effects of paracetamol, often taken for headaches, is that it can cause headaches. Does that mean you should never take paracetamol?

    Yes, medication can have side effects. Yes, long-term medication use can have more side effects. I am happy to experiment with herbal treatments for some of my pets' ailments...but only after vet consultation and having done my research. Perhaps consider seeing a homeopathic vet happy to prescribe herbal alternatives, if you're that concerned (but then you run the risk of being prescribed homeopathetic remedies that do not address the issue - I personally don't believe in homeopathy having any efficiency), or maybe even do some studying into alternative medicines for cats yourself.
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