Continuous Glucose Monitoring For Pets-Diabetes Care
Glucose monitoring is a necessary, but difficult, part of caring for a diabetic pet. Timing is important. You have to prick your pet (sometimes more than once), then you have to get the info to your vet. Glucose curves are often needed to help your vet interpret a pet’s response to insulin therapy. This either means a stressful day in the hospital for the pet or an owner’s time commitment to prick their pet at least 8- 12 times (once an hour!). Yuck! Well, GOOD NEWS FOR PARENTS OF DIABETIC PETS!
Continuous glucose monitoring for pets has arrived!
- No pricking your pet’s lip, pads, or ears!
- Get a Blood glucose curve at home, every day, for up to 14 consecutive days!
- Glucose curves are better than at home or in the hospital: blood glucose is measured every MINUTE, averaged and recorded every 15 minutes, for 14 days!
Cost-effective: a single sensor that can read 14 days of hourly blood glucose costs about the same as a single 8-hour curve in the hospital with only 4-6 blood glucose samples
Stress-free – no stress factor to adversely affect the glucose readings!
The Freestyle Libre for dogs and cats has been used innumerable times by Board Certified veterinary internists with terrific success!
Internists are recommending applying a sensor whenever:
- A pet’s blood glucose readings aren’t “making sense”
- Every 3-4 months when owners don’t want to do blood glucose monitoring at home
- Whenever a pet’s Frucotsamine levels aren’t well managed
- To get control of newly diagnosed diabetics
How Does It Work?
You will be prescribed a FreeStyle Libre Reader (which seems to work better than the cell phone app, according to recent comparative studies) and a Sensor. Your veterinarian will shave and clean an appropriate location on your pet’s body to place the sensor. The sensor is placed with its special applicator device. The sensor will be bandaged to your pet. Then, you will wear a jacket, shirt, or harness for the next 2 weeks to protect the sensor.