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Old 12-27-2010, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Farmington Valley, CT
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I am upset beyond belief.

I was going through my cat's medical records, and noticed that last year she was given the oral form of Metacam along with her rabies vaccine. Not knowing why, or what Metacam is for, I "Googled" it. To my horror, this is a drug that the FDA sheet clearly states to give only to dogs, and not to cats, because of very high risks of gastrointestinal toxicity and renal failure!

Good thing I had recently changed vets, due to other things such as terrible bedside manner with my frightened cat.

Not only was she given this on that one occasion, but two other times... in prep. for dental surgery, and a week later right after the dental surgery, and the Professional insert for the product clearly states "RENAL FAILURE HAS BEEN REPORTED AS AN OUTCOME OF REPEATED ORAL DOSING OF CATS". Obviously my former vet cannot READ or does NOT CARE.

WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!

Needless to say, as soon as my new vet gets back from holiday vacation, I am going to be on the phone asking how worried I should be, and can we have some tests done to check for any kidney damage or intestinal damage besides the SEVERE COLITIS my cat has been through this past June after a routine rabies vaccine. My former vet's receptionist assured me this morning she was not given Metacam this year with the rabies vaccine, but I have a hard time understanding why my cat developed severe diarrhea several days later, unless this drug was carelessly given in addition to the vaccine "to prevent any soreness associated with receiving the vaccine". (So says my treatment summary for her 2009 rabies vaccine plus oral Metacam).

Wow.

Hope this opens some eyes out there. I will be asking my new vet to inform me of everything they put in or on my cat before doing so, and any and all risks involved... especially if it is something expressly not intended for cats. I was never informed that my cat would receive this drug, let alone told of the risks, and certainly not given the Professional Insert for the drug , which the insert itself states to always provide the client with. I cannot help feeling that my former vet knew damn well what she was doing and not informing me of. How does one help but think that she was possibly trying to make my cat have kidney failure so she would have to come back for more expensive treatments to fund her golf hobby?????

There is apparently a very recent warning on the oral form of this drug for vets to never give it to cats, as of Oct. or Nov. of this year. I am very sad that my cat and probably millions of others were given this so carelessly before the warnings were more made more direct.

Thank GOD my cat appears and behaves okay, and is over the colitis thanks to a nutritional supplement, lots of love, getting her away from Dr. Evil, and some good Reiki sessions.

WTF are they (not) teaching veterinary students. To not consider the risks made very clear by the FDA and the drug companies themselves when something could be fatal? Let alone warn the client or inform them when being administered? Indeed scary.

Last edited by itscolduphere; 12-27-2010 at 05:34 PM.. Reason: To add: if something seems "not right", investigate!
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:22 PM
 
Location: In a cat house! ;)
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About a year or so ago, an emergency vet prescribed one of our cats Metacam. I don't know what made me look into it, but glad that I did.

I found this website: http://metacamkills.com/

PS I find it reallllly odd that your kitty was given a pain killer when getting a vaccine.
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Old 12-28-2010, 06:30 AM
 
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I was offered oral metacam for my cat over three years ago I was told it hadn't been approved for feline use but it was the only medication at that time for my cats condition, so I used it without any ill effects and my cat recovered.

Sooty who has recently had surgery has been given oral metacam which has been approved for feline use in England. He has been on it for a total of three months, two of which I had been weaning him off. It is too early to say whether he has any ill effects but the signs are looking good so far.
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:00 PM
 
Location: In a cat house! ;)
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A Recent note from a veterinarian regarding Metacam....

Hi Dave
I'm a small animal veterinarian in Arizona and I personally know of three cases where cats died as a result of metacam use. I NEVER use metacam in cats, and warn all my clients about it. When I dispense it for dogs, I ALWAYS put a warning label on the bottle, "NOT FOR USE IN CATS."

You're welcome to contact me if you wish;
Metacam is deadly in cats and I am not afraid to tell people this. Thanks!

Meredith Beard, DVM
www.metacamkills.com
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Old 12-28-2010, 02:07 PM
 
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FYI - many drugs given to animals are not "approved" for use in animals. That doesn't mean that they are bad for them, it just means that too few clinical trials have been documented to obtain approval.

But if something specifically says "don't use it" - I'd be inclined to heed the warning.
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Old 12-28-2010, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Farmington Valley, CT
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From what I have learned with a little digging is that vets can legally prescribe anything they feel will be beneficial for the animal. They refer to this as administering the drug "off label". However, specific warnings from the drug company and the FDA about fatal risks being way too high to be safe, should be heeded. I did look into this matter further. I can file a complaint with my state's Veterinary Medical Board. I spoke to a woman there this morning, who was familiar with people calling about cat/Metacam complaint procedures. I am prepared to do this if I want to take it further, especially if my pet has kidney or other damage that my present vet feels was caused by this drug. I would not be looking for "compensation" because what would be done cannot be undone, but I feel that the vet should definitely be held accountable for their actions... i.e. not even telling me they gave it to my cat until after the fact, let alone not warning me about the risks. It's just totally unprofessional and unacceptable. Makes you think to yourself how someone can sleep at night keeping that type of information from a client, let alone risking an animal's health and well being. Then it makes you wonder what business someone that heartless has being a veterinarian. Good thing I don't have to go back into this person's office... I'd be put in jail for harassment, breach of peace, numerous other things probably.

Metacam has such a high risk of renal failure that it simply cannot be compared to something like Pepcid AC in the very low strength, or giving your cat a dab of vaseline to lick for hairball prevention.

http://www.persiancats.org/Medical_A...News_PHCR.html
(scroll to bottom of page to find pdf file on Metacam)

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AnimalVeterinary/.../UCM050395.pdf (broken link)

Last edited by itscolduphere; 12-28-2010 at 02:59 PM..
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Old 12-28-2010, 04:11 PM
 
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This information about Metacam I have tried to ignore, but I cannot. For in the near past, a vet prescribed Metacam for one of my cats who has FLUTD! He was experiencing terrible muscle spasms, and because I was the person I was then, and did NOT question a vet, I administered it.

I thank GOD that this baby is alive and did not go into renal failure. I gave him Metacam for months, mind you, months. I am sorry, but I feel so angry right now I could spit nails!

What in the world is wrong with these vets who ignore warnings, and who don't give a damn what they prescribe, no matter the consequences? Where are their consciences? How and why did they decide to help animals, and then turn around and HURT them??? Where are their brains?

My God, the only thing that is settling me down now is the knowledge that what goes around comes around. It's called the Wheel of Life.
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Old 12-28-2010, 04:16 PM
 
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Originally Posted by itscolduphere View Post
Metacam has such a high risk of renal failure that it simply cannot be compared to something like Pepcid AC in the very low strength, or giving your cat a dab of vaseline to lick for hairball prevention.

http://www.persiancats.org/Medical_A...News_PHCR.html
(scroll to bottom of page to find pdf file on Metacam)

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AnimalVeterinary/.../UCM050395.pdf (broken link)
I know my question is off topic, so OP, please excuse me, but I am truly confused. Are you saying that Vaseline is not appropriate in cats and can cause renal damage? I have differing information, and I truly want to know if my information is wrong. Thank you.

Oopsla! You ARE the OP. Sorry!
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Old 12-28-2010, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Farmington Valley, CT
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I was watching a tv show or read something recently, forgot which exactly. But it was about not doing anything about things you know are wrong, or holding people accountable for their actions. Lately, I've been practicing the latter and although it seems a small drop in a huge bucket, I guess it has to start someplace. Hopefully my dear little friend has no permanent damage. But I can't sit back and not say something, even if my complaint won't prevail... at least the state Board will know about what was done. I think that if enough people in this world would just speak up/hold people accountable, change for the better may eventually happen.

My goal here is accomplished if it helps even just one cat owner speak up and ask questions at the vet that will prevent unknowingly letting them give something harmful, and also, if their cat has been given this, encouragement to complain to their state's Veterinary Medical Board, as I am probably going to be doing as part of my 2011 "to do" list.

Next on my list: that damn realtor who ripped me off... ;-/
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Old 12-28-2010, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Farmington Valley, CT
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Originally Posted by Garden of Eden View Post
I know my question is off topic, so OP, please excuse me, but I am truly confused. Are you saying that Vaseline is not appropriate in cats and can cause renal damage? I have differing information, and I truly want to know if my information is wrong. Thank you.

Oopsla! You ARE the OP. Sorry!
Sorry, I posted links about Metacam, that have nothing to do with the previous paragraph. What I meant in the paragraph above the links is in response to someone saying that vets often prescribe things that are not FDA approved, such as 1/2 a mild Pepsid AC (a human antacid) and Vaseline as a dab on the finger for a cat to lick and ingest to help pass hair in the stomach and avoid hairballs. What I was getting at by bringing up these examples, I was comparing these relatively harmless "home remedy" type things to a very dangerous decision for the vet to give my cat Metacam, it's like apples or oranges/night and day. 1/8 teaspoon vaseline will probably not hurt the cat, but Metacam can kill the cat.

And I wanted to go back and just delete the paragraph (but it was too late and the "edit" button went away),about the pepsid and vaseline because I want to make it clear I have not tried either of these and am not saying anyone should, but did hear my vet talk about it in the past (and I didn't think they were very good ideas.) Don't try them on my account. I would never give my cat anything without asking my (NEW) vet first, then doing some research. So please don't try these two home remedies and then try to sue me or anything ;-) I'm NOT endorsing them. (I give my cat a commercially available hairball relief that comes in a tube... ((much tastier for the cat than vaseline)).


Hope this answers your question

Last edited by itscolduphere; 12-28-2010 at 04:55 PM..
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