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RE: [IP] Checking blood sugar on dog



George, I'm not trying to be argumentative here but I would like to correct
a misperception. Human meters have membranes on the strips that are geared
for the larger red blood cell size of humans. When you use the meters on
animals you can't get accurate readings due to the smaller red blood cells
and the results always read lower than what lab values would, much lower in
the low to mid ranges, not so badly at high ranges, 300+. My vet, myself and
our dog served as one of the beta sites in preparation for an
animal-validated meter so I've seen the comparisons between various meters
and lab results. The difference can be as much as 100 points so you can use
your normal glucometer, but you really need to be aware of the problems
involved.

Margo

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:email @ redacted]On Behalf Of George
Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 9:00 PM
To: email @ redacted
Subject: Re: [IP] Checking blood sugar on dog


At 8:51 AM -0600 11/26/03, Bev Paul wrote:
>Does anybody know the best place to draw blood using a lancet to check
>blood sugar on a dog??   Thanks for any suggestions!!!

At 10:16 AM -0500 11/26/03, leann marcucci wrote:
>according to my vet, the tip of their ear. you can use your normal
glucometer,
>but i would suggest this as a time to change the lancet :)
>-leann



Or the inside lip.  They heal quite well and are not as sensitive
there, plus there is no fur to deal with.  But as with testing all
animals, their Bite May Vary!

George
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