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In-home glucose monitoring for Diabetic pets

diabetes-testingA diagnosis of diabetes in dogs and cats brings with it a lot of uncertainty, including whether or not a pet is getting too much, too little, or just the right dose of insulin.  Learning how to monitor glucose levels at home can help owners feel much more confident that their companions are getting the best possible care. A hand held glucose monitor is the best way for owners to check their pets blood glucose levels at home.  They can be used if a pet is showing clinical signs that might indicate that its blood glucose level is either too high or too low or to perform a glucose curve, which is a good way to fine tune insulin doses.  The results given by hand held glucose monitors are not always perfectly accurate, but they will give you a ballpark figure that you can work with. If blood glucose monitoring is not feasible, urine testing is another option. Reagent strips can be used for dogs, and the Glucotest Feline Urinary Glucose Detection System works well in a cat’s litter box.  Urine testing does not give as much information as does blood testing so talk to your veterinarian to determine which option is right for you.

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