Sometimes, pet owners choose to use human blood glucose meters versus a pet glucometer, which are created and calibrated for measuring the concentration of glucose in a human’s blood. When a human blood glucose meter is used for a dog or cat, it assumes human blood composition to calculate glucose levels. This can result in underestimation of blood glucose concentrations and inaccurate readings.2,3
For accurate blood glucose readings on diabetic dogs or cats, a blood glucose meter made specifically for dogs and cats should be used. AlphaTRAK Blood Glucose Monitoring System is calibrated specifically for dogs and cats.
Data on file, AlphaTRAK sales data 2012-2014, Zoetis Inc.
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