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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.

Watch this video for a pet owner's testimonial on the AlphaTRAK.

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 :

  • 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.

Don't:

  • Do not use a human meter to measure your dog's or cat's blood glucose.

 

Click here to learn why it is important to use a species specific meter.

Watch this video for a pet owner's testimonial on managing her pet's diabetes and blood glucose.

*If your dog or cat is prescribed insulin by a veterinarian.