Meloxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) and is available as an oral solution (1.5 mg/ml). The most common side effects are gastrointestinal abnormalities such as inappetance and soft stools. This is very important because these side effcts can be deadly in chins if they are not noticed. I have yet to see any side effects in my home or practice, but I always warn everyone that you never know when they could occur. Long term studies have not yet been conducted in any animals other then dogs, therefore it is not labeled for use in small mammals or cats. Always contact your veterinarian before using any medications for your chinchillas.