Mick F wrote:
Never heard of it.
Sorry, I don't worry in the slightest about him now or in the future.
BTW, just weighed him.
Metacam is an anti-inflamatory for dawgs. A daily low dose in the dinner improves mobility and resilience in the dog joints and connective tissues.
Many a collie is on the metacam by age 11-12 as it tends to increase mobility so that they are eager and not reluctant to exercise. It reduces their pain from the joints et al and seems to improve their ability to resist the twangles suffered during the mad dashing about after stick and ball. The Metacam is a means to keep the dawg healthy and happy via lots of exercise, well into old age.
There are risks, as with all drug. Long term use can cause stomach bleeds, for example (like with the low-dose aspirin taken by we gimmers). But overall, those risks are far less than that of the dog becoming moribund and morose through lack of exercise. Also, one can reduce the risk by giving half recommended dose and always with food. If a slight limp, twangle or other sign of a painful bit manifests, a day or three on standared dose has always put thing right.
I'm sure you care for your dog, despite the rather offhand "I don't worry in the slightest about him". I don't know why you occasionally lapse into this "proud of my ignorance" mode, though. I'm sure you love the pooch and would worry enough to ensure his health and happiness. ... wouldn't you?