which test kit to buy in the UK

Discussion in 'Feline Health - (The Main Forum)' started by bar, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. bar

    bar Member

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    Hi I have read the guide, but am wondering if any newer models are proving to be good? and should I buy one for humans or one for cats? - how hard is it to convert human reading to cat? many thanks
     
  2. Elizabeth and Bertie

    Elizabeth and Bertie Well-Known Member

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    Hi, most of us here use meters for humans (pet meters are a fairly recent development).
    Human meters are cheaper to use. The main expense of testing is the test strips. The Accu-chek meters are quite popular in the UK.
    The guides on this forum are written using data from human meters. (Pet meters usually read slightly higher than human meters.)

    Some folks here use the Alphatrak pet meter. Its readings may be more like those your vet would get. But the Alphatrak is expensive to use (compared to human meters) because of the cost of the test strips.

    There is NO established way of converting human and pet meter test results. Pet meters usually read a tad higher than human meters. But you'd need to do some side by side comparisons with a human and pet meter (and using the same drop of blood) to find out exactly how they compared in your own cat.

    Both kinds of meters are fine. It's just a matter of picking one and getting used to what the number mean for your kitty.

    Eliz
     
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  3. bar

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    thanks Eliz, I was going to PM you but Im not sure how to do it - so I am very happy you replied. thanks
     
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  4. Gill & George

    Gill & George Well-Known Member

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    Hi I live in Spain, but get my strips from the UK as the human strips here in Spain worked out at 1€ a strip.

    I use the SD code free, strips work out at 18p a strip when you buy 250 at once.

    You may be able to get better deals in UK, but at the time I had difficulty finding a supplier that would ship to Spain.
    Anyways here is the linkhttps://homehealth-uk.com/all-produ...Sj5nyx5bdGTzEkhoCw6sQAvD_BwE#tab_instructions
     
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  5. bar

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    thanks Gill - how much blood is reqd for this monitor? it is a great price so I am considering it. thankyou!
     
  6. Gill & George

    Gill & George Well-Known Member

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    Sorry I'm on holiday so haven't been on.

    Ive not had a problem with the sample size being to big. I can't remember of the top of my head.
    It is a bigger sample than that required for the freestyle lite(my backup) or the alphatrak., But I can't say it's caused me a problem.
     

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