Monitoring Blood Glucose at Home (Home Monitoring)
- Is convenient
- Reduces stress
- Is easy to do
- Provides your vet with data to help assess the diabetes treatment plan.
Note: The health information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace a discussion with a veterinarian/veterinary surgeon. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a veterinarian/veterinary surgeon and unique characteristics of each patient should be considered.
On cats and dogs: marginal ear vein or the side of the paw pad.
On dogs only: the elbow callus, or, if your dog does not have a tendency to bite, the inner lip.
|Step 1: Gather all the supplies needed to perform a test.|
|Step 2: Insert a new lancet into a lancing device, push until it comes to a complete stop, and replace the clear cover.|
|Adjust lancing device depth by rotating the wheel: 1 is the shallowest, 4 is the deepest.|
|Step 3: Turn the meter on by inserting a test strip with the butterfly on the test strip facing up and flying into the meter. Confirm that the code on the meter matches the species code on the test strip vial.|
|Step 4: Get a small blood drop from the selected sample area.|
|Step 5: Touch only one side of the test strip to the blood drop. You will hear a beep and see the lines moving on the meter display.|
|Step 6: Results appear in seconds.|
To ensure consistent results, try to use the same testing site each time. If the testing site gets irritated or if you are having a hard time collecting a sample, use an alternate site. It is good to know at least two sample sites that work best on your pet.
When you first start testing your pet, it may help to get it used to the sound of the lancing device. Try holding the device close to its ear and press the button before performing the test.
If you choose the paw pad as the testing site, select an area on the side of the paw that your pet does not step on.
To help the blood form into a droplet, before lancing, apply a very thin layer of petroleum jelly to sample site area.
If you are having trouble getting a blood sample, try applying gentle pressure to the test site with the lancing device or changing the lancing device penetration.