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Monitoring Blood Glucose In Dogs

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Your veterinarian has told you that your dog has diabetes.  They have told you that you need to check your dog’s blood glucose levels.

Follow these simple steps and you will soon be a pro.

1. Lay out your supplies.

a. Rubbing alcohol

b. Glucose monitor

c. Lancet, remove cap and set aside

d. Glucose monitoring strip, remove one from sealed container and close it again.  Make sure you close the container again, dampness can effect the accuracy of glucose monitoring strips.

e. Several cotton balls

f. Two small dog treats

g. Your dog

2. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

3. Dry your hands completely.

4. Barely dampen a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and set aside.

5. Call your dog to you and give them a small treat.  (Emphasis on small treat.  I like to give my dog a very small slice (about the size of dime) of baby carrot).

6. Standing over your dog if larger and cradling in arms if smaller; pull back the upper lip of your dog.

7. Dab an area of upper lip with a cotton ball with alcohol on it and let lip dry for a few seconds.  Special note – this area is NOT rich in nerve supply so it is an area that it less painful.

8. Place lancet against area and prick area.  Squeeze gently to make small drop of blood appear.

9. Collect the blood on the glucose monitoring strip.

10. Place strip in monitor and wait for the monitor to give you the current blood glucose level of your dog.

11. Give your dog another small treat.

12. Discard the lancet properly.  A good way to store the used lancet is with the used syringes in a coffee can with a lid.  Ask your local health department on proper disposal of used lancets and syringes.  NEVER put the lancets and syringes in your regular trash.  Your trash man could get stuck.

13. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

14. Dry your hands completely.

You are now finished with checking your dog’s blood glucose level.  It is a good idea to write the reading down in a log book and take this log book with you on your next veterinarian visit.

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