? Ear vs paw for checking BG?

Discussion in 'Feline Health - (The Main Forum)' started by Lesliejm, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. Lesliejm

    Lesliejm Member

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    I use both. But I have noticed that the front paw is 5 points lower than the ear. In your opinion, which one should I use?
     
  2. Chris & China

    Chris & China Well-Known Member

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    Use whichever one causes the least amount of problems with you and Mango

    Blood is blood...it doesn't really matter where it comes from
     
  3. Lesliejm

    Lesliejm Member

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    Just did paw. 94
     
  4. Chris & China

    Chris & China Well-Known Member

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    Nice number!!!! :D:D:D

    Mango's looking great!!!
     
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  5. Larry and Kitties

    Larry and Kitties Well-Known Member

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    5 point difference is well within the accuracy of a meter. Also, there may be a difference between BG measure at ear and paw pad due to slower response in the different locations. This is based on humans:
    According to reports, routine blood glucose level testing before meals or two or more hours after meals from alternate sites are equivalent to fingertip testing.

    However, glucose arrives faster in the fingertips than in the arms.

    Therefore, testing when blood glucose is falling rapidly or rising rapidly is likely to be less accurate from alternate sites.

    https://www.diabetes.co.uk/blood-glucose/alternate-site-testing.html
     
  6. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    @Larry and Kitties -

    Really interesting info!

    Would I be correct in thinking, therefore, that for kitties the ear would be considered the primary site and the paw pad the alternative? Or would it be vice versa (paw pads being more akin to fingertips than earlobes)?


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  7. Larry and Kitties

    Larry and Kitties Well-Known Member

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    I do not know. I would say the paws are primary since they correspond to human fingers. However, cat ears really do not correspond to human alternate sites.
    One think IO do remember is that many years ago the Red Cross used to take screening samples (to measure HCT (the amount of red blood cells in the blood)) from the human ear lobe but later changed to the fingertips.
     
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  8. Lesliejm

    Lesliejm Member

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    Makes sense
     

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