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Monitoring Blood Glucose at Home (Home Monitoring)

By now you should know that monitoring your diabetic pet's blood glucose is important in managing your pet's diabetes. According to the 2010 American Animal Hospital Association Diabetes Management Guidelines, "home monitoring of blood glucose is ideal and strongly encouraged."

Home monitoring:

  • Is convenient
  • Reduces stress
  • Is easy to do
  • Provides your veterinarian with data to help assess the diabetes treatment plan.

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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.

Home Monitoring Provides Accurate Data To Your Vet

The goal of pet diabetes management is to control glucose levels and minimize complications. Blood glucose monitoring is a way to assess the diabetes treatment plan and make adjustments, if needed. Blood glucose monitoring at home allows you to measure your pet’s glucose levels when they are experiencing their regular daily routine. This provides your veterinarian with accurate data to help assess the treatment plan.


Home Monitoring Gives You Answers

Home monitoring also allows you to measure your pet’s glucose level if you suspect that it is too low or too high. Knowing your pet’s blood glucose level may help you avoid an unnecessary emergency or vet clinic visit.

As you can see from the diagram above, your role in managing your pet’s diabetes is to follow your vet’s instructions and diabetes treatment plan, including insulin injections, weight management, and blood glucose monitoring at home. Click here to learn about a home monitoring solution made specifically for dogs and cats.

Your vet will tell you what information about your pet you need to track. Click here to learn about a data management tool that could help. Successful diabetes management is achieved through compliance with your pet’s treatment plan, home monitoring, two-way consistent communication, and follow-up appointments with your vet.