Allie’s Metacam Story – US

My poor Allie was given Metacam on May 10th. Her protein in her urine was tested high ten days prior to being given the Metacam. The vet never told me the side effects nor suggested blood work before giving the Metacam.

The morning of the 11th, Allie was drooling. I called the vet’s office and was told she had a stomach ache and to give her 5 mg of human Pepcid. At 8:00pm the night of the 11th, she couldn’t even lift her head so we took her to the emergency vet. She was diagnosed as being in kidney failure. May 14th we had to put her to sleep. My heart is broken into a million pieces. She was only 3. I have called the manufacturer.

They said they would report to the FDA. I was given a case number. They never offered to pay a penny of her vet bills, which were over $1700.00. My question is do you think that the vet that gave the Metacam was negligent in administering this drug? I do not know if I should file a complaint with the licensing board, talk to an attorney or what I should do. I do not want any more poor animals to have to go through what Allie went through. She was my world and my little girl. I miss her so much. I have cried every day since I took her to the emergency vet and am seeing a counselor to try to deal with my grief and guilt over taking her to the vet. If I would have been told the side effects beforehand, I would have never had let her have the medicine. She had been urinating outside the litter box for a year and was put on antibiotics ten days prior to the Metacam for high protein in her urine. I feed my babies on premium food without anything artificial or added. I use only special litter, have Cat Genies, and even wash them with a different cleaner that I know is non-toxic. What do you suggest that I do about what happened?

I think that the vet made a horrible mistake and should have never given Allie this drug with her current urine issues. Since this has just happened a few weeks ago, I have been trying to do research on this drug. I thought since you have more experience with all of this that maybe you would be able to give me some suggestions.

Thank you,

I am just having such a hard time with the guilt. What do you recommend for others who feel this way? I just keep thinking that if only I would have known, I wouldn’t have let her have that medicine, and when she was drooling Tuesday I would have taken her to the emergency vet then and maybe she would have been able to make it.

I am not looking to sue to obtain monetary gain, I just think it was highly negligent giving Allie something that has that side effect when were were dealing with something with her kidneys for over a year. I don’t want another poor animal to have to go through this. I have thought about writing letters to all of the local vets and telling them about what happened, so they will know that if they even suspect kidney issues to not to give the drug. What do you think about that idea?

I just don’t want my poor Allie to have suffered and died for nothing. I need to do something so others don’t have to go through this. Thank you for listening to me. I’ve been through a lot in my life, but this has been the hardest thing yet.



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