I poked about 20 holes in poor Zoot's ear trying to get a reading this AM. This after I applied the warm sock with rice to warm it. I could not get any blood except from my finger which I poked about a third of the times. I even tried freehand, but I cannot see the needle that well and he cried when I tried that way. I am in tears. I just gave him his insulin. His pee showed trace ketones as it has since I started checking 3 days ago; and darker color for BG, but I cannot get a good reading from those ketodiastix because we could not find them at a pharmacy anywhere around and the Dr gave us a few, but nothing to compare results to like they have on a bottle. I get diastix today from Amazon. I don't know what I am going to do - my husband says getting blood should be simple but I cannot get any. I am angry and frustrated and I feel like I am hurting Zoot!, not helping him, by sticking him over and over.