Question We mistakenly gave our rabbit too much Meloxicam (.9 vs .35) over a two day period. We are currently giving our rabbit 100ml of Plasma Lyte a day to flush her system. She is eating, drinking, and eliminating just fine and shows no outward distress from this. Do you think she will be alright? I am worried.
Answer Dear Karen,
How much does your bunny weigh? A newer dose of meloxicam has come out in publication, and not all vets have heard about it. We are currently using meloxicam at 1mg/kg once per day. Lower doses did not seem to have much analgesic effect, but the higher dosage seems to work well.
If you tell me your bunny's weight *and* the concentration of the meloxicam you are using (in mg/ml), I can tell you the dose she got. But simple algebra prevents me from making that calculation without those variables in place. :)
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