This glucose meter was bought on the veterinarian’s advice for a diabetic cat.
I will talk about its merits and demerits in the context of use for an animal.
It is rather precise (we checked with the laboratory, the error is minimal).
There are advantages of use in the measurements for an animal:
- It underrates the indicators a little. This is good because it doesn’t allow a pass for possible hypoglycemia
- It is very compact, making it convenient to hold in the hand. I became skilled at holding the ear of my cat with one hand, and at the same time, hold glucose meter with another hand, and to insert a strip into it.
- The strips are very expensive ($22/50 strips). About 5 strips are used in a day. At the very beginning, it was necessary to make a curve, and so the measurements were made very often, 10-15 strips were used in a day.
- It is necessary to obtain a very big drop of blood. It’s as easy as pie to spoil a strip: it is possible not to calculate with a drop or the cat will move in the process. If it is in short supply, the glucose meter will return an error and the strip is spoiled. You can’t add a blood in the process you will run out of time for 5 seconds.
- It takes some time to begin the process of reading (because of the coding) but after the blood is on a strip, there is not enough time for the measurement. So I do not insert a strip up to the end, then I prick an ear, and then I am already holding an ear with one hand. I thrust a strip till the end with another hand and I make measurement.
A lancet for piercing comes fitted with the glucose meter: if you take a blood from an ear of a cat, the lancet needs to be put up on 7.