Monitoring Blood Glucose at Home (Home Monitoring)
- Is convenient
- Reduces stress
- Is easy to do
- Provides your veterinarian with data to help assess the diabetes treatment plan.
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.
Follow these guidelines to monitor your pet's blood glucose at home:
- Do use a blood glucose monitor specifically made for dogs and cats.
- Do check your pet's blood glucose twice daily BEFORE meals and insulin administration.
- Do record your pet's blood glucose readings, amount of food eaten, and insulin* time and dose administered on a daily basis.
- Do tell your veterinarian if the blood glucose readings are greater than 250 mg/dL in dogs or 350 mg/dL in cats more than twice a week.
- Do tell your veterinarian if the blood glucose readings are under 100 mg/dL in dogs or 120 mg/dL in cats.
- Do re-check the blood glucose reading if it's below 70 mg/dL, and notify your veterinarian.
- Do not use a human meter to measure your dog's or cat's blood glucose.
*If your dog or cat is prescribed insulin by a veterinarian.