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Sofia
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« on: February 15, 2011, 10:48:01 AM »

My 11-year old cat was recently diagnosed diabetic.  Can anyone share their experiences as to a brand of glucometer they would recommend?

Thanks. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2011, 12:03:25 PM »

For our Oscar we had Bayer's Ascensia Contour.
That didn't use much blood and I found it fairly easy to use on him. The One Touch Ultra or Ultra Mini are other machines that are popular and use tiny amounts of blood, and again, are easy to use.

Since it's the test strips that add up the $$$ money rather than the initial outlay for the machine, you might want to compare the use-cost of the test strips too in making your decisions. Also ordering test strips online via Amazon or one of the diabetic supply places (like Diabetic Corner) is way cheaper than getting them full price at a pharmacy.

Good luck and I hope kitty is doing well.
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2011, 01:49:14 PM »

We got the Freestyle mini for my mom and she really likes it. Test strips are easy to use. Only thing is, you have to code this one. I don't think it's available anymore. I think now they have a Freestyle Lite or something like that. Test strips are pretty much in line with the cost of the other ones. Expensive. For the lancet, I have a MultiClix. Very precise when you're trying to get a tiny ear vein.

See if you can find a friend who is diabetic and get the same kind of glucometer as they have. Then, if they get a discount on a medical plan, you can pay them their cost and share the strips. I did that for awhile. Saved a lot of $$.
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2011, 01:55:28 PM »

I think all the machines out now are no-coding-needed. That would be something stated prominently  on the box, though.
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2011, 01:56:09 PM »

Thanks for your response, Meowli!  I've read that human glucose meters shouldn't be used on pets.  I don't know if this is entirely true.  Was offered an iPet from the vet, but have read negative reviews as to its accuracy.  
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2011, 02:20:03 PM »

I think all home-test bg machines have a certain + or - range of inaccuracy. They actually aren't always as 100 percent exact as a hospital lab test and I think the instructions actually disclose that. A reading within a 10 or 15 % ballpark accuracy is better than not knowing at all. I don't know about the new (?) special pet bg machines, as we just kept using the same machine for years.
 
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2011, 02:34:50 PM »

Maybe these sites will be helpful to you.




Edited - Outdated links deleted by outdated poster. Grin
See Mandycat's post.





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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2011, 06:06:39 PM »

Note that the Feline Diabetes Message Board actually has a new URL:

  http://felinediabetes.com/FDMB

This thread from that forum discusses glucose monitor recommendations:

    http://felinediabetes.com/FDMB/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=36704
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« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2011, 11:36:23 AM »

Thanks everybody.  Mandycat to the rescue twice in one week!  Handycat!

So much info to digest.  So it seems human meters are being used with cats successfully?  The vet tech said that a fifty-point under or over reading would be fine.  Makes me uncomfortable. 
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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2011, 12:16:54 PM »

I am not so sure that the special pet machines would be any more accurate....considering too that you have to remember to re-code to get anywhere near accuracy. Just my 2 cents..(I had another diabetic cat years ago and all the systems required coding...I always hated that part..maybe they made it less complicated these days.... Tongue )

I think 50 points is probably the maximum "off" that the machines go, and depends what the number actually shows.....problematic if the cat reads 60 or 70 less of a problem if the cat reads at 120-150.
A couple of times I wanted to verify Oscar's reading and was able to use a second brand of machine (forgot which one) to compare. I think the numbers were well within 25-30 points of each other.

Same exact problem with human blood testing. Home testing for anything is convenient but is not quite the same as a hospital lab.
 
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« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2011, 02:15:58 PM »

Sofia,
I think choosing a human machine would be just fine. Most likely your vet who wants to sell you a pet machine has a financial interest in the marketing of them through his practice, much like the vets who sell prescription food.  Good luck managing your diabetic kitty.  I had a diabetic kitty many years ago that I had to manage without the benefit of a glucose monitor (not available back then), so I think that having that aid available will be invaluable even if it is not 100% accurate.  Just learn to recognize the symptoms of the blood sugar being "off" as well as depending on the monitor.
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« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2011, 07:13:01 AM »

Most human meters test low for cats according to my vet. The main goal for feline diabetes management is to be consistent and level the blood sugar off to something where your cat doesn't exhibit symptoms. The insulin you'll be giving will play a large part, as will the food you'll be feeding and how often. My mom has had good success with Caninsulin/Vetsulin and feeding her cat 6 small meals a day of wet food and the odd treat of EVO dry. She has been on 2 units, twice a day for the past three years and has done very well.

The Freestyle Mini that she has, has been very consistent and she has never had a really high reading past about the six month mark as my mom got her routine down-pat. Now, her numbers are very good and sometimes, she doesn't need her insulin (vet recommended not giving if she's below a certain point). She has never had low blood sugar from too much insulin or too little food.

Since Vetsulin is in short supply, your vet may have given you something else (maybe glargine - Levemir) and oftentimes, this insulin only has to be given once a day. Less testing, less cost for test strips and lancets over the long term.
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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2011, 09:20:55 PM »

Thanks for all the responses everyone.  I had bought the iPet from the vet and wow are the test strips expensive I come to find when I ordered some online.

I've been comparing the results with a human One Touch and find that it's consistently about fifty points lower.  He is completely unregulated for five weeks now and think because he's in real need of dental cleaning.  His kidney values are up.  This diabetes is very confusing to me despite the hours I've spend reading.
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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2011, 06:39:55 AM »

Getting those teeth cleaned is really important. Once my mom had her diabetic cat's teeth done, her BG became more stable. Interesting about the meter. Wonder how off either one actually is.
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My little babies, you'll always be in my heart. Mom will see you later. Look after each other, ok?
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« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2011, 08:50:13 PM »

The vet agreed to do his dental next week although his kidney values are high.  I'm hoping that will straighten everything out.
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