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Volume 25(2), Summer 2015

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Glucose measurement using portable blood glucose meters in dogs and cats

Blood prick: the carpal pad

Capillary blood sampling from the carpal pad of a dog for measurement of blood glucose concentration with a portable blood glucose meter: a) the sampling site is pinched with two fingers; b) a drop of capillary blood appears immediately after lancing.

Blood prick: the ear

 

Capillary blood sampling from ear pinna of a dog for measurement of blood glucose concentration with a portable blood glucose meter:

How do you score on glycaemia?

 

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by Labrini Athanasiou, Constantina N. Tsokana and Manolis N. Saridomichelakis

Portable blood glucose meters (PBGMs) are small electronic devices that measure the concentration of glucose in whole blood. Due to the technological advances, the measurement of glucose concentration is carried out using a small blood volume and is a relatively simple, quick and inexpensive procedure. PBGMs are frequently used in companion animal medicine, especially for the diagnosis and treatment monitoring of dogs and cats with diabetes mellitus and hypoglycaemia. The main factors effecting the precision of the measurement are: a) the device (manufacturer), the consumables (reagent strips) and their storage conditions; b) environmental conditions ...

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