Pet diabetes is manageable
The goal of blood glucose monitoring is to assess the effectiveness of the diabetes treatment plan.
If the blood glucose results show that the current treatment plan is not working, your veteririnarian can adjust the plan to regulate your pet's diabetes.
If the current treatment plan is working, then you just keep at it and continue checking your pet's blood glucose to make sure that the pet stays regulated.
As your pet ages and other things change, treatment plans may need to be adjusted. It is important to continue monitoring your pet's blood glucose and follow your veterinarian's guidance.
Your pet's blood glucose fluctuates thoroughout the day. Many things could affect your pet's glucose level. Below are just a few examples:
Using a portable blood glucose meter is the most common method to monitor blood glucose in diabetes dogs and cats. Either blood glucose curves or spot checks can be performed.
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Note: The health information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace a discussion with a veterinarian. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a veterinarian and unique characteristics of each patient should be considered.
In addition to the blood glucose test, there are two other tests that can also be used to monitor how the diabetes treatment plan is working. Below are the pros and cons of each test.
Blood Glucose Test Using Portable Blood Glucose Monitor
- May show daily fluctuations
- Easy to use
- Requires a tiny drop of blood
- Results in seconds
- Costs less than a reference lab test
- Could be used both in clinic and at home
- In-clinic stress may cause blood glucose to be elevated making it difficult to determine the true blood glucose level
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- Measures an average level of glucose over a few weeks
- Only shows an average level of glucose control over a few weeks
- Does not show daily fluctuations of glucose
- Have to wait for results
- Can only be done at a clinic
- Results in seconds
- Could be used in clinic and at home
- Lacks accuracy
- Does not differntiate between hypoglycemia and normal: both hypoglycemia and normal results look the same
- May be challenging to obtain a sample
*To get accurate results, a species specific meter must be used.
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