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