How much is my cat at risk from Meloxicam?
March 7, 2011 3:47 PM Subscribe
My vet has given my cat two doses of Metacam (Meloxicam) in the last seven days. The drug is black-labeled for usage in cats by the FDA ("Repeated Use In Cats Has Been Associated With Acute Renal Failure And Death"). What should I do now?
Cat was injured and lamed by a bite. Cat is approx eight months old, about 2 to 3 kg in weight.
Initial dose of Metacam given last week, I don't know the amount or whether orally or by injection.
Second dose was given today, probably oral, 0.1 ml oral suspension (but I don't know what dosage level). (I was also given several more doses to administer.)
Do I immediately take her to another vet, or do I monitor for signs of renal failure? If so, what am I looking for?
The warning label for Meloxicam reads, in part, "Do Not Administer A Second Dose Of Meloxicam" and "Repeated Use In Cats Has Been Associated With Acute Renal Failure And Death."
Is a second dose in a week a "second dose" or two "first doses"? (That is, how quickly is Meloxicam metabolized in cats?)