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Hi All Just wondering ..Do any of you know if Meloxicam for dogs is available wholesale? Just paid $120.00 for a 100ml tube at the Vet.

My (large breed), much loved, 13 year old has developed stiffness in rear knees & will be on it for the rest of her life. Thank you!!

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My vet sold me my 100ml bottle for $70... shop around.

Also, you don't have to use too much per dose, and if it's arthritis, you really only need to use it when it's bothering her. I wouldn't use it every day for years...

T.

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There are different brands, generic brands, etc. I agree that it is not ideal long term, especially for oldies. Has she had bloods done recently? NSAIDs can effect kidney function if it is already impaired. Have you considered cartrophen injections or the other injectable arthritis drug whose name has escaped me...

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Hi All Just wondering ..Do any of you know if Meloxicam for dogs is available wholesale? Just paid $120.00 for a 100ml tube at the Vet.

My (large breed), much loved, 13 year old has developed stiffness in rear knees & will be on it for the rest of her life. Thank you!!

Have a look at the Turmeric Users Group on facebook - a lot of people swear by 'golden paste' for arthritis in themselves and their dogs. I have a 7 yr old Newf who had a tplo and meniscus removed a few years ago and Augustine's Superboost has seemed to make a difference to her (it also has turmeric in it). She's also on Natural Animal Solutions Joint and Ligament Support, their Vitamin C and Omega Oil. A lot of people swear by Rosehip Vital too. I would try some of these things and see if they help. There's also another product called Glycan Aid, I think. It's available here under another name, which I can't remember, but you could email them and ask if you google it.

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My vet sold me my 100ml bottle for $70... shop around.

Also, you don't have to use too much per dose, and if it's arthritis, you really only need to use it when it's bothering her. I wouldn't use it every day for years...

T.

Well that depends. My old boy was on it at first just when he needed it and then every second day for 2 years as advised by my vet. Gave him 2 years of pain free life until he passed at 16. At that age it's all about quality not quantity.

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Yep agreed Hazy. Mac is on it too and I hummed and haahed about it given that it can cause kidney problems (?) with long-term use. But it improves his quality of life substantially and so far his kidneys are still functioning well for a 16 year old.

One word about the every second day routine - my general vet also had me doing that with Mac too initially. Then we saw the specialist who said this drug only works for 24 hours per dose. So essentially I was giving Mac a good day followed by a bad day followed by a good day etc etc. So the specialist said to give it daily with a minimum dose. And that's working really well here. If for whatever reason he misses his morning dose its really noticeable by dinner time. I also make sure all my westies get a good dose of water actually in their evening meal to ensure they are well hydrated and drinking enough. So might be something to discuss with the vet. Hope it helps. smile.gif

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Sorry kirty I'm not following - if the dog has stiff knees it follows that there is probably associated pain and so will need an anti-inflammatory and some pain relief daily otherwise on the every second day routine its a day of pain and stiffness followed by a day of pain relief and better movement given that this drug's effects don't last for 48 hours. Or were you saying something else? confused.gif

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Zeddy only had Meloxicam if the weather conditions started to affect her... if she was moving freely or the weather was warmer, she was actually quite spritely for a nearly 16 year old dog.

She'd also had a suspect knee since the day I got her at about 5 weeks of age... somethimes that would act up, and she'd get Meloxicam to ease that in her earlier and more active years.

T.

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Sorry westiemum, I meant that because the dog is relatively young and the issue seems relatively minor, it might be better to try something other than NSAIDs first. NSAIDs can be detrimental to kidney function so aren't great long term IF you can avoid them. Obviously if a dog needs them, they need them. :) However for minor arthritis it might be wise to try cartrophen injections and something like joint guard first.

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Kenz with all her on-going lameness issues was put on meloxicam three times a week by the specialist so therefore it must have a longer effect then 24 hours. I then dropped her back to on an as needs basis.

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It only lasts 24 hours... advice I have heard is to give every day but at the lowest effective dose - ie. 20kg dog try giving up to 19, then 18, then 17 till you find the dose which makes them comfortable

Ask if you can get the 180ml bottle. They are prescription meds so you can only buy it from a vet or with a script from your vet.

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Please forgive me as I do not mean to offend. However, I am NOT looking for advice on dosage nor on the pros & cons of treatment with Meloxicam vs. other treatments. I AM looking for wholesale or reduced price availability of Meloxicam in 100 ML or larger IF available. Thank you

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One of my dogs was on meloxicam a few years ago now. The vet gave me a prescription for Mobic tablets, the human version, which worked out much cheaper. As I say, it was a while ago, but it would be worth asking your vet.

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Some vets will write a script for to get it from the chemist, at a significantly cheaper price. Your dog will need to fit into the weight range for the tablets though as there is obviously not as much flexibility as it in liquid form!

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It is worth asking your vet if it is possible to modify the fee for you if it is a medication that your pet will be on long term - however this means that you also need to accept that the answer may well be no :o Sometimes it is possible to reduce the dispensing fee, sometimes it is not. You can also check the prices on the (Australian based) online pet pharmacies - these will require a prescription for your vet. Prescribing the human version of meloxicam is my least favourite option and something I do rarely. The few cases I have seen of serious gastrointestinal issues (gastric ulceration and in one case, perforation) have been related to the use of mobic. This may well be anecdotal, or due to the limited dosing flexibility, but my first preferences are for veterinary formulations of meloxicam - generic or otherwise.

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It is worth asking your vet if it is possible to modify the fee for you if it is a medication that your pet will be on long term - however this means that you also need to accept that the answer may well be no :o Sometimes it is possible to reduce the dispensing fee, sometimes it is not. You can also check the prices on the (Australian based) online pet pharmacies - these will require a prescription for your vet. Prescribing the human version of meloxicam is my least favourite option and something I do rarely. The few cases I have seen of serious gastrointestinal issues (gastric ulceration and in one case, perforation) have been related to the use of mobic. This may well be anecdotal, or due to the limited dosing flexibility, but my first preferences are for veterinary formulations of meloxicam - generic or otherwise.

Thank you very much for your informative answer. I just did a Google search found an online pet pharmacy that sells liquid Meloxicam for dogs 100ml for $54. There will be another Vet visit to re-check my dog's urine sample before renewing scrip & the Vet will also charge to write a scrip & then there is postage. However, I still think $54 will be a good saving over $120.00 My decision to continue use is based on previous experience, with another dog and the fact that my breed averages 14 -15 years of life. My current dog is 13 years of age & to date, (touch wood), has had no other health issues at all. I certainly have weighed my concerns about the use of ANY medication i.e. side effects against the benefits.

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Canine Coach thank you for the thread. I've almost choked at the cost of Meloxicam for Mac too - over $100 for a 100ml bottle. And we are in the last 1/4 of his current bottle so I'll need another one - so I might ask for a script as well instead. Money is really tight here when you aren't working and the cost variation is pretty high. Thank you again.

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