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Metacam treats arthritis and other causes of pain and inflammation, especially those affecting the musculo-skeletal system. It can also be used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation after surgical operations, or to aid treatment in certain types of infection. Metacam belongs to the group of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and is one of the safest available for use in dogs, cats and horses. Metacam is supplied as a pleasantly flavoured liquid to be given by mouth or with food. If the dose is given directly into the mouth, this is best done after a meal. Metacam side effects are reduced through its ability to target the sites of inflammation while having much less effect than many other medications on the gut lining and kidneys.