Petcam general information
What is Petcam used for?
Petcam oral suspension is a medication for dogs to help treat and manage the pain and inflammation that can be caused by chronic inflammatory diseases of the joints like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Many dogs suffer from osteoarthritis, particularly as they age. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear of the joints and can cause pain, swelling and stiffness, particularly in the knees, elbows, hips and backbone; and this can restrict your dog’s activity. Petcam oral suspension helps relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis and improves your dog’s mobility and general demeanour. Petcam oral suspension can also be used to help control pain and inflammation following orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery in dogs.
How does Petcam work?
Petcam oral suspension for dogs contains meloxicam, which is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug belonging to the oxicam class, with anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain relief) and antipyretic (fever reducing) properties. Meloxicam in Petcam oral suspension inhibits cyclooxygenase (particularly COX2) the enzyme involved in production of chemicals called prostaglandins, like PGE2, that are mediators of inflammation and cause pain, swelling and other symptoms of inflammation. By inhibiting prostaglandin production, Petcam oral suspension reduces inflammation and relieves the pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints caused by osteoarthritis, restoring their functional use. Petcam oral suspension lasts for 24 hours so that you only need to administer a dose once a day to your dog.
What does Petcam contain?
Petcam oral suspension contains the active ingredient meloxicam, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug used to treat pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis in dogs. The concentration of meloxicam is 1.5mg per ml equivalent to 0.05 mg per drop.
Treating osteoarthritis in dogs with Petcam
Petcam oral suspension contains meloxicam, which is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug used to treat osteoarthritis in dogs. Many dogs suffer from osteoarthritis, particularly as they age. Normal wear and tear of the joints can cause pain, swelling and stiffness, particularly in the knees, elbows, hips and backbone, and this can restrict your dog’s activity. Meloxicam in Petcam oral suspension inhibits the production of chemicals called prostaglandins that are mediators of inflammation and this helps relieve the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis and improves your dog’s mobility and general demeanour.
What are the side effects of Petcam?
The most commonly reported side effects reported when using Petcam oral suspension in dogs include: gastrointestinal problems; vomiting, diarrhoea and loss of appetite. It can also cause lethargy, and kidney and liver problems, also stomach ulcers are possible.
When should Petcam not be given to your dog?
You should not give Petcam to your dog if your dog:
- has a sensitivity reaction to Petcam oral suspension
- is younger than 6 months
- is pregnant or lactating
- has been given other NSAID medication, corticosteroids, some heart drugs (ACE inhibitors) and some drugs for seizure control
How should Petcam be given to your dog?
You should give your dog Petcam oral suspension once a day either mixed into your dog’s food or directly into the mouth. You should follow the instructions provided when administering Petcam oral suspension to your dog. The first dose should be 0.2mg/kg body weight (0.1mg/lb) on the first day of treatment, then you can reduce the dose to 0.1mg/kg (0.05mg/lb).
- For dogs greater than 4.5 kg (10lbs) it is easiest to use the dosing syringe, for smaller dogs (under 4.5kg or 10lbs), you can the use the calibrated dosing syringe or a spoon. The calibrated syringe is designed to deliver the daily maintenance dose (0.1 mg/kg or 0.05 mg/lb).
- You cannot use the calibrated syringe for dogs under 2.3 kg (5lbs), instead apply as drops from the bottle into your dog’s food, using the dropper bottle: one drop for each pound of body weight or two drops for each kilogram of body weight.
Petcam oral suspension is for use only for dogs. Ensure that you wash your hands after administering a dose to your dog, to prevent ingesting any Petcam oral suspension.
How long should you give Petcam to your dog?
Petcam oral suspension has an unlimited duration of use and can be given to your dog long-term for as long as there are symptoms of osteoarthritis, to keep your dog pain-free and mobile.
Missed dose of Petcam
If you forget to give a dose of Petcam oral suspension to your dog, administer it as soon as you remember, unless it is time for the next dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not give your dog a double dose.
How should Petcam be stored?
You should store your Petcam oral suspension in a cool dry place below 30°C.