Protect Your Animals Eyes! Make Glucometers Standard Practice for Diabetic Animals
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I cannot see you Mommy, when you cuddle me so near.
And yet I know you love me, it's in the words I hear.
I cannot see you Daddy, when you hold me by your side
But still I know you love me when you tell me so with pride.
I cannot see to run and play out in the sun so bright
For here inside my tiny head it's always dark as night.
I cannot see the treats you give when I am extra good
But I can wag my tail in Thanks just like a good dog should.
"She cannot see. The dog’s no good" is what some folks might say
"She can't be trained, she'll never learn, She must be put away."
But not you, Mom and Daddy, You know that it's alright
Because I love you just as much as any dog with sight.
You took me in, you gave me love and we will never part
Because I'm blind with just my eyes, I see you in my heart.
— Sherrill Wardrip
To avoid the dangers associated with DIABETES, just like humans, it is imperative that animal owners have a glucometer on hand to test their animals blood glucose levels especially when they begin treatment for their animals. LETS ENFORCE IT AS STANDARD PRACTICE. It is the only clear way to determine what your animals blood glucose level is at any given moment. Unregulated glucose levels which may be caused by the administration of insulin may cause blindness to occur from cataract formation. My animal was very healthy before he started insulin and completely declined with administration.
I was told to use Urine Testing initially. In addition, my animal was not properly assessed. He had a complete break down. I was not informed of the limitations of urine testing nor was I informed of the variety of insulin's that are available . My animal has lost his good quality of life.
If you don't have the good fortune of having a veterinarian that assess your animal properly by ruling out diagnosis, listening carefully and establishing the proper criteria for a condition your animal could be placed in GREAT DANGER in a short period of time IF YOU ARE NOT AN EDUCATED PET OWNER.
There is the potential for a "complicated case" to evolve which includes the other elements of the endocrine system as they are all interelated (the major endocrine glands include: the adrenals, pancreas, pineal, pituitary, reproductive and thyroid glands). They may go blind.
Diagnosis such as: an underlying tic disease, Pancreatitis, Hypothyroidism, Cushing's disease, and Addison's disease among others may need to be ruled out as well. A mishandled geriatric animal can become a very costly and painful experience! Don't let yourself be misguided by desensitized clinicians who quickly jump to conclusions and exasperate this situation with medication which leads to other medication necessities; it could cost your animal their quality of life in a very short period of time and create a lot of undue expenses.
Senator Blumenthal please reconsider the purpose and or wording of The Fairness to Pet Owners Act as it may create a loop hole for veterinarians to escape making correct diagnosis in a timely manner which may lead to further complications and expenses.
The Fairness to Pet Owners Act
"Directs the Federal Trade Commission to require prescribers of animal drugs to verify prescriptions and provide copies of prescriptions to pet owners, pet owner designees, and pharmacies, without the prescriber demanding payment or establishing other conditions. Applies these requirements to medication for a domesticated household animal that consumers are not allowed to purchase without a prescription.Treats a violation of this Act as an unfair or deceptive act or practice under the Federal Trade Commission Act."
In addition, please enforce the AVMA ethics "The Principles" and hold the physicians accountable for what they have done to my animal. Lastly, please make it mandatory for veterinarians to supply an owner who is instructed to start insulin shots with a blood glucose meter as it is the only accurate way to asses an animals blood sugar level in the present moment.
The Problem With Urine Testing is it's Inaccurate
Generally, urine testing is more useful in dogs than in cats. Several dog owners use urine glucose testing to monitor their pet. Because it is usually more difficult to obtain a urine sample from a cat, and cats often hold their urine a long time, it can be very difficult to use urine glucose testing as an accurate method of determining the level of regulation in a diabetic cat.
In the case where an animal isn't regulated, or is difficult to keep regulated, home urine testing must be supplemented by some form of BG testing (either at home or at the vet). I don't think urine testing is accurate enough and there's too much of a time lag between the BG and the urine glucose levels for you to rely only on urine glucose levels to try to achieve regulation.
The inaccuracies of urine testing will be exaggerated in animals that urinate infrequently. This tends to be a problem with cats. The greater the amount of time between urination, the more averaged the urine glucose will be. That batch of urine was processed by the kidneys and collected in the bladder over a longer period of time.
Urine glucose tests may be more accurate on an animal that urinates frequently. In this case, the urine is processed and eliminated over a shorter time and the urine glucose will more closely reflect what the blood glucose levels were. Also, urine testing may be more useful after the animal is regulated. Then you have a good idea that the bgs are within an acceptable range, and the urine tests can be used to double check to see if glucose is spilling into the urine.
Limitations of urine glucose testing
The level of glucose in the urine is not the same as the level of glucose in the blood. The urine level is just a reflection of how high the bg was, and how long it was above the renal threshold (the point where glucose spills into the urine). There will always be a difference between what shows up in the urine and what was actually in the blood, and the urine glucose levels will always lag behind the blood glucose levels.
Also, urine test strips can not show if the blood glucose has ever gone too low. The strips are not designed to do this.
Urine testing may be a method that you can use to monitor your pet's diabetes. But keep in mind that urine testing has some serious limitations and may not work with your pet.
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