Is meloxicam the same as carprofen? Carprofen is the first nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that was able to differentiate the two different enzymes in the body. Metacam is the brand name for the drug meloxicam.
Is meloxicam or Rimadyl better for dogs? Hunt DVM, feels that Metacam is safer and offers lower chances for side effects affecting the gastrointestinal tract since it’s a COX-2 drug, while Rimadyl is a COX-1 and COX-2 inhibitor; however, she points out that, ultimately, they are both non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Can a dog take meloxicam and carprofen together? Never give meloxicam in combination with other NSAIDs like carprofen (Rimadyl).