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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.

There are two types of blood glucose tests: a blood glucose spot check and a blood glucose curve.


A spot check is just one blood glucose sample test. Most pet owners do spot checks 1 - 3 times a day on regular basis and when they suspect that blood glucose is too high or too low.

A blood glucose curve is a series of spot checks taken every 1 - 2 hours over the period of 8 - 24 hours. Blood glucose curves are usually done:

  • A few weeks after the pet is diagnosed with diabetes to check how the treatment plan is working
  • If diabetes signs recur
  • When the treatment plan is changed
  • Before diabetes check-up appointments

Blood Glucose Curve Example

Blood Glucose Curve Example

Once you share your schedule with your veterinarian, your veterinarian will create a testing schedule that fits your and your pet's needs.