Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that has been used in humans for donkeys years. It is especially helpful to arthritic sufferers, especially children with juvenile arthritis. It does however come with various side-effects, some more serious than others. In humans, it is a case for doctors to work out in the individual patient whether the benefits out-weigh the risks.
Meloxicam is a newer NSAID, which also comes with it's own benefits and risks...infact all of the NSAID's can have serious side effects in a few individuals.
Both drugs have their uses and, if used appropriately, can be very beneficial.
The question I feel we should be asking is why the vets in Africa and Asia are using NSAID's and how frequently...they should not be dished out like sweets for mild pain, also if the animal is incapacitated enough to need NSAID's and subsequently dies, the disposal of the corpse should be of paramount importance to prevent it becoming part of the food chain.
Diclofenac comes as tablets, suppositories and injections.
Trade names areVoltarol (distributed by Novartis), Diclomax (Provalis), Motifene( Sankyo), Arthrotec Pharmacia), Acoflam,Defenac,Dexomon,Dicloflex,diclovol, Fenactol,Flamatak,Flamrase,rhumalgan,Slofenac and other trade names in other countries.
Haven't looked into their sites on the net yet, but will do over the weekend.