? Vet said don't do glucose test.

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  1. Matt in AR

    Matt in AR New Member

    Mar 9, 2016
    Hello every one. Moved my post to Health since I posted it in the wrong place. New to feline diabetes and the forum.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2016
  2. Tuxedo Mom

    Tuxedo Mom Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    First welcome to the forum.

    It is true that the readings vet do is based on venous blood. However using capillary blood, which is what the hand meters use can still give a fairly accurate idea of what the insulin is doing. On this site all the protocols are written for human meter readings and many of the US people use the relion. Although the readings may be slightly different than the vet machine reading it still gives ab indication and a trend for what is happening.

    A pet meter, which is supposed to be very close to the vet machine may read 68 while a human meter may read 50 for the same test. Either way those numbers are at a point where you would not want to give the insulin shot until you know whether the numbers are actually rising.

    There is NO way I would ever give my kitty a shot before testing the preshot number and the rule of thumb is in addition to testing before shots to test at least once in the middle of the cycle (the time between the shots). This is the only way you know whether it is safe to give the shot and how low the shot is taking the glucose level

    If you need more information and help to set up a spreadsheet to track the daily levels..invaluable tool!!!...please post on the general Health forum:


    There are lots of experienced people there that can help guide you along this whole experience.
  3. Matt in AR

    Matt in AR New Member

    Mar 9, 2016
    Thank You.

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