It is difficult to manage diabetes in dogs and cats, and regular screening tests at the laboratory are not feasible. Fortunately, with the advancement of technology, compact blood glucose measuring devices are available which can easily be used at home without the supervision of a professional and do not require any technical training. All the diabetic dog owners should buy this device to:
• Determine the daily blood glucose value
• Understand the effect of diet and exercise on blood glucose level
• Know if your dog has dangerously high or low levels of glucose
How Accurate are the Results?
The accuracy of the test depends upon the quality of the device and the quality of the test strips. Always try to use a new strip for each test. Try to use devices that are authorized for sale in the United States. Federal drug authority has issued a warning about the risks of certain types of test strips, so their use should be avoided.
The accuracy of the results depends upon the following factors:
• The experience and skills of the person performing the test.
• General hygiene; washing your hands before testing, and carefully follow the instructions mentioned on the pack.
• Blood hematocrit level (amount of RBCs in the blood). The results will be less accurate if you are severely dehydrated or anemic.
• Interfering substances such as vitamin C, uric acid, Tylenol, etc.
• Altitude, temperature, and humidity can have unpredictable effects on glucose results.
What is the Normal Blood Glucose Level?
According to American Diabetes Association, the blood glucose levels of a normal adult dog should be between 80-120 mg/dL, and owners should seek the help of professionals if their blood glucose levels are not in the normal range.
How is the Test Performed?
It is advisable to read the instructions on the pack carefully and follow them to avoid any confusion.
The continuous glucose monitoring system measures the glucose concentration in the interstitial fluid of the body by using a small flexible probe. The probe is placed in the subcutaneous tissue and connects to a recording device. The device records the interstitial fluid (ISF) glucose concentration every five minutes and gives 288 readings in a 24-hour cycle.
Once attached and properly calibrated, a blood glucose monitoring system can remain in place for several days. Hospitalization of your dog is not necessary, and the normal daily routine of the animal can be maintained.
Subcutaneous ISF concentrations are the same as blood glucose concentration within a defined range. A continuous blood glucose monitoring system has distinct advantages over a traditional one, and it is a very valuable tool in managing diabetic dogs and cats.
How do you Select the Best Glucose Monitoring Tool?
Many different parameters should be considered while selecting a glucose meter for your pet animal, and pet owners should always consult with their Veterinarian. The factors to keep in mind include the accuracy of the device, amount of blood required for each test, pain associated with the use, testing speed, and the overall size of the device.
The use of blood glucose measuring devices is gaining popularity day by day in Veterinary medicine. By using such devices, one can keep a record of changing blood glucose concentrations in dogs and cats and then they can be treated accordingly.