My pet is diagnosed with diabetes. I give her insulin injections and monitor her diabetes with urine test strips. Is there a better way to determine how well her diabetes is being controlled?

My pet is diagnosed with diabetes. I give her insulin injections and monitor her diabetes with urine test strips. Is there a better way to determine how well her diabetes is being controlled?

Nowadays there is a Libre Freestyle sensor that can be applied to the skin that continuously monitors blood glucose and the data is accessed via an app on your phone. The sensor lasts about 2 weeks before needing to be replaced. 

Alternatively, the veterinarian might want to do blood glucose curves where the pet is hospitalised for the day and serial blood glucose readings are collected and graphed to monitor the peaks and troughs of blood glucose. 

There is another test called a fructosamine assay that can give an average blood glucose reading over the previous few weeks. Once the blood glucose levels and insulin dosage is stable, periodic urine tests are still useful to monitor diabetes control. 

 

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