Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can you use a human glucose meter on dogs?

You can use glucose meters designed for people on dogs. Veterinary brand glucose meters are available as well. Both machines require a small sample of blood to be loaded into the glucose meter, which detects the amount of sugar in the blood. What is most important is that both you and your veterinarian feel comfortable using whichever glucose meter you pick. There are many different types of glucose meters and not all of them work in the same way. But when done with care and with veterinary instructions, you can monitor your pet's glucose levels at home.

The glucose meter is a machine that needs to be checked from time to time to ensure its accuracy. The best way to do this is to bring your dog and your glucose meter to your veterinarian’s office. A small blood sample can be drawn and then run simultaneously on your meter and the clinic’s analyzer (these state of the art machines are typically much more accurate than handheld meters). Any discrepancies that are found can then be addressed.

Remember, never change your dog’s insulin dose without first talking to your veterinarian.

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