First off, I would again like to thank everyone who replied to my original thread back on Saturday. Your responses were so supportive and helpful and really made me feel like I will be able to handle the treatment aspect of my girl, Mallie's diagnosis. As per my original post, I had to wait until today to call the vet back to let her know if I "wanted to go ahead with treating the diabetes". I called at 8:07am and left a message saying that I was thinking I'd go ahead with starting treatment, but I was needing some more cost breakdown of what was involved. Here is the breakdown of what the vet said would be the cost (and I am in Canada, so these are $$CAD amounts) 1-10mL bottle of glargine-$80 (I was relieved she wants to start Mallie on glargine, as before today, I did not know what brand she was going to prescribe) and *she did say that her "official" recommendation is that the bottle is only good for one month, but that I could use it for 3 months 'unofficially' 1-AlphaTrak 2 animal blood glucose monitor $117 1-box of 50 strips (refills)-$96 1-box of syringes-$67 She would start Mallie on 1unit. From our conversation on Saturday she had said that Mallie would be on one dose a day. So I am presuming that that she meant the 1unit would be one shot a day. I have read a few snippets about cats only being on a single dose of Lantus a day. Here is one, http://www.felinediabetes.com/insulin_selection_Nelson.htm for those interested She would want me to do a 24 hour curve sometime over the holidays (when I'm off work) and there would be a consultation fee for her to go over the curve. She did not say how much the fee was. Is this something that is typically charged for? I told her I went to a few different pharmacies around the part of the city we are in and that they had the cartridges of glargine (Lantus) available for about $100. She seemed surprised at my comment, maybe she was playing it off as if I was the first person to have every told her this, I'm not sure. She said that she would not prescribe more then 3 months worth of insulin at a time and so I should check with the pharmacy about "dispensing" fees for having to refill the prescription. One pharmacy I spoke to (when I was price shopping on the weekend) said they need a prescription for the insulin since it was for an animal. The other pharmacy agreed when I asked if it was over the counter. My question to you guys about the cartridges of Lantus...when you buy them, you have to buy all of them (15mL) together? I am an anxious person generally, and her comment about only prescribing 3 months worth of insulin at a time makes me feel like she's trying to force me into getting the insulin from her. When she talked about the alphatrak monitor I was quiet. She gave me a speel about human monitors being inaccurate. I am not planning on purchasing an alphatrak monitor. I definitely cannot afford the strips. I have ordered a Bravo Meter & strips to start out with from diabetesexpress and I will see how it works. I am of course willing to try another meter that the strips are about the $80 range for 100 if needed. The Bravo meter should be here tomorrow. She did ask me if I had any info on the commercial food. I told her that I was waiting to hear back from Purina who had replied to my original email (yesterday) and asked for 3 specific varieties of food I was interested in. So at least for right now, she is not pressuring me about the Purina DM canned. I am to call the office back after I double check with the pharmacies about their dispensing fees. She said that they place their orders on Thursdays so if I let them know Thursday morning at the latest if I was wanting to get the Lantus through them. I am sorry....all this rambling to say that I am going to call her tomorrow and say that I cannot afford the pet bg meter and that I am going to be using a human one. Does anyone have any other tips or suggestions of what I could say to her regarding the human bg monitor? It's been 10 days since we first confirmed sugars in Mallie's urine and it'll be a week tomorrow that we got the lab results back on her fructosamine. It seems too long. Thankfully, Mallie's mood seems to have improved in the last 10 days since I cut out all kibble and switched her (and her brothers) to FF and Friskies. So that is a positive. Thank you again for listening.