Hi all, In order to avoid another hypoglycemic episode, I finally got a test meter. After reading through posts/suggestions here, and talking with my Vet, I went with the Relion Prime. I tried to test for the first time last night, and well, it was a definite exercise in futility for me. While I believe the ear is the preferred spot, I've seen the techs at my vet use the paw/pad, so I figured that would be easier to get. But Lestat put up such a fuss and fight, I eventually figured that he must be feeling good (as he gets very docile when not feeling well). So no test was taken. So - a number of questions... 1) When picking up the meter and associated stuff, I didn't see/get a control solution. Is there a control solution for Relion that I should get? 2) Ear or pad - any preference, or as long as you can get the drop of blood, is it all the same? 3) The Relion Lancer (because I am not confident enough to free-hand it) comes with both a depth meter and an Alternative Site Cap. If using the pad, is one better than the other? 4) My belief (from times at the vet) is there is a specific spot in the ear to hit where the veins/capillaries run. Is this true, or can you get any spot so long as it is near the capillaries? Many Thanks!