pet diabetes

Test Your Pets for Diabetes

pet diabetes¬†Yes, it’s true. Your dogs and cats can get diabetes too. The most noticeable symptoms of diabetes in your pets relate to water and food intake.

Diabetes can cause your pet to drink more water and urinate more frequently. It can also cause your pet to feel hungry and desire to eat more often.

If you notice the changes in your pets eating and drinking habits continue over a period of time, it is reason enough to arrange an appointment with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will be able to perform the tests necessary to make a proper diagnosis. Should your pet be diagnosed with diabetes, your veterinarian will recommend the appropriate treatment and monitoring strategies for their diagnosis.

dog diabetesMonitoring Glucose Levels

Blood glucose levels can be monitored with the same diabetic test strips used by humans. You can also use the same types of lancets for piercing your pet’s skin to collect the blood samples for testing. The glucose levels expected for your pets will, of course be very different from that of humans. Your veterinarian will provide you with information regarding the proper glucose levels to expect for your particular pet.

Obviously, your pets don’t have ‘fingers’ to prick to retrieve a blood sample for your diabetic test strips. There are several different areas that pet owners choose to use for the blood sample collections: The ear, the paw, the lip and even the back hip. The owner’s choice of the area often relates to personal preference with their pet. However, the ear area is generally considered a better choice for a cat than a dog. You will also want to warm the area of the ear where you are going to do your lancet prick between your fingers. This will help the blood flow and provide a better sample. It is important to be able to collect a significant enough sample of blood for the diabetic test strip to register the results.

Choosing Diabetic Test Strips and Lancets

Some owners have found that their pets respond better to a manual prick with a lancet than using a device, simply because of the clicking sound made with a lancet device can startle them. Just as with a human, you will want to choose a lancet that can be inserted as painlessly as possible.

When choosing your diabetic test strips, you will want to use a strip that will quickly absorb the blood sample. DiabeticCare.com gives high approval to the Accu-Chek Comfort Curve strips because they can be touched, and you can re-apply a second drop of blood within 15 seconds. These can be very important considerations when testing your pet.

Keeping Your Pet Calm

Just as when you take your pet to the veterinarian’s office, you will want to help them stay calm when doing their blood glucose testing. Have your veterinarian demonstrate the testing procedure for you before you do it at home yourself. Having a second person hold your pet while you do the testing is one way to help keep your pet still and calm. Speaking in a calm voice while you perform the prick will provide further assurance. A slight amount of pressure applied directly after the sample is taken should help the blood flow to stop afterwards.

DiabeticCare.com can provide the same full service diabetic supply delivery for your pets as we do for our other customers; that includes our monthly diabetic test strip auto-delivery. You can have the supplies you need on hand and available, at all times, and the delivery is free. Our clients come in all shapes, sizes, ages and yes, fur color.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 5-3-2013, 2:00 PM

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