Home Monitoring of the Diabetic Dog with a Glucometer

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How is a Canine Blood Glucose Curve Done at Home

A small blood sample is drawn every 2 hours and the sugar level is determined. This information is recorded a for 12 hours. If the blood glucose falls below 150 mg/dl at any time, the frequency of sampling the blood glucose should increase to every hour.

You can create a simple chart to record the results such as below:

 Date/Time Blood Glucose Level   Notes ( e.g. attitude, if fed, insulin dose given)
8 am  188 Before insulin

Checked then gave 7 units SQ 

Ate 1 cup of Hills Science Diet R/D

Ate great

10 am  148  
11 am  196  Play – good spirit
12 pm  204  
2 pm  222  Sleeping
4 pm  204  
6 pm  188  
8 pm  248 Before next insulin dose

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The blood sugar levels are later reviewed relative to food intake and insulin administration. Based on these results, and your veterinarian's interpretation, the insulin may be altered.

If the blood glucose is consistently high even though the pet is on insulin, the dosage is increased. If the blood glucose is consistently low, the dose of insulin needs to be reduced. If the duration of effect is suboptimal, a different type of insulin may be recommended.

Will My Dog Be Upset with My Testing?

In general, this is a quick and relatively painless procedure in dogs. Most dogs do well. The hardest part for most dogs is the restraint required to obtain your sample for dogs that are resistant to restraint. In this case it may be better to have this test performed at your veterinary’s office where they are trained to test and restrain pets.

How do You Reward a Dog After a Blood Glucose?

One option for a reward is a little piece of a carrot stick or small mini rice cake (not the big ones) which are about 7 calories.


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