First NSAID licensed for guinea pigs
Metacam 0.5mg/ml oral suspension for cats, manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim, has become the first licensed NSAID for guinea pigs.
The drug is licensed for the alleviation of mild to moderate postoperative pain associated with soft tissue surgery.
An interactive online dosage chart has been designed to ensure quick and easy calculations, and higher doses can be used based on clinical judgement, allowing for tailoring of doses to individual cases.
A dosing dish and syringe has been specially developed to help owners easily and accurately administer Metacam at home.
To assist vets in becoming more confident in prescribing pain relief to guinea pigs, Boehringer has produced a series of expert short videos, supported and narrated by specialist zoo and wildlife vet Molly Varga.
The series includes a step-by-step guide to recognising pain in guinea pigs through to dosing regimes, as well as an owner video for accurately administrating Metacam at home.
The videos are in addition to the interactive online “dosing calculator” available on the Boehringer Academy website.