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Everyday we hear about the increasing number of Americans being diagnosed with diabetes and living with the effects of it. However, humans are not the only ones who have to worry about this disease. Canine and feline diabetes can be a problem for our furry family members too.

Much like humans living with diabetes, diabetes mellitus (DM) is a disorder where your pet’s body is unable to regulate blood sugar levels. The blood sugar levels in the body are controlled by insulin. Insulin is created in the pancreas, secreted into the blood, and circulated through the body to help regulate blood sugar and controls the body’s ability to store and use glucose. Without the presence of glucose in our cells, our body signals to start using stored fat and protein for energy. This in turn makes our animals eat extra food in order to supply the body with additional energy. However, this food is not used effectively and causes the animal to lose weight while eating more than normal.

The classic signs for diabetes in animals are excessive urination, increased thirst, weight loss, lethargy, and increased appetite. If your pet is experiencing a combination of these symptoms consulting with your vet is a good course of action.

 

If your pet has been diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to control the disorder to keep your pet healthy. If the disease progresses without care, it can cause depression, vomiting, weakness, and blindness.

 

 

The AlphaTrak Blood Glucose Monitoring System is the same meter used at a veterinary office and allows your to accurately test your pet’s blood sugar at home. Testing your pet’s glucose at home allows your to control your pet’s treatment plan throughout the day. This give your the comfort of knowing their glucose level and helps prevent and unnecessary emergency visits to your vet, saving your time and money.

Many people argue that using a human meter on your pets is a less expensive alternative to a specialized animal meter. However, AlphaTrak has been proven to give a more accurate reading of your cat or dog’s glucose level. Human meters have been shown to underestimate canine and feline blood glucose levels while AlphaTrak can be specifically coded for your cat or dog’s blood glucose distribution.

The angled sample area of the AlphaTrak meter makes it easier to position the target on your pet to quickly get a blood droplet. Once the sample is taken, the results are available within seconds to make checking your furry friend’s glucose fast and convenient.

 

Consult your veterinarian today to see if the AlphaTrak Blood Glucose Monitoring System is right for your and your pet.