- Supporter 2016-2018
- Cavy Comic
I have had 2 pigs out of 3 that took it over the years who died from Metacam/Meloxicam as soon as they took the fist dosage, so I swear by suing Carprofen instead. You could see instant decline within minutes, no more appetite, refusing to be forecefed, and die within hours. Their gum turns blue, so it caused the outcome of an underlying heart issue, which I warned the vet about upfront, but as there was no indication of proof, it was ignored by the vet.
Carprofen is a tad less powerful pain killer wise, not as an anti-inflammatory. I had several pigs who took it, with much better results. None died. You can see that the pigs are a bit more quiet due to no perfect pain control, but no sickness, and no heart failure, and it lasts a day or 3 only till they seem great again. Out of personal experience with meds that offer pain relief or not in comparison to healing well, I can vouch that having some pain is not as bad as the other option.
The meloxicam is measured in mg (milligrams, which is a weight). Once it is mixed in a liquid (suspended in a liquid, now called a suspension), it is measured by mg/ml (i.e. the weight per the volume in milli liters).
Lara and Romeo Berthiaume aka Chooch.