Alternative sampling site for blood glucose testing in cats: giving the ears a rest.

15:09 EDT 27th March 2015 | BioPortfolio

Summary of "Alternative sampling site for blood glucose testing in cats: giving the ears a rest."

Home monitoring is an important part of the long-term management of diabetic cats. Despite the extensive use of glucometers in this species, up until now only the pinna of the ear has been validated as a testing site. This cross-sectional study investigated the feasibility and validity of sampling from the metacarpal/metatarsal pads in hospitalised cats with various diseases.
The large pads were compared with the ear as a sampling site in 75 cats. Lancing the pads was tolerated very well. If the initial drop of blood was too small, an adequate volume of blood was almost always achieved by squeezing the pads. No significant differences were observed in first-attempt success rate or glucose values between the two sites. Due to the inability to obtain an adequate volume of blood or struggling, no measurement was possible in four cats. PRACTICAL
While further work is necessary to assess the utility of this technique, especially in the home environment, the results indicate that the metacarpal pads, in particular, may offer a viable alternative testing site for the measurement of blood glucose concentrations, especially if ear sampling fails.


Department for Small Animals and Horses, University of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinärplatz 1, 1210 Vienna, Austria.

Journal Details

This article was published in the following journal.

Name: Journal of feline medicine and surgery
ISSN: 1098-612X
Pages: 710-713


PubMed Articles [22850 Associated PubMed Articles listed on BioPortfolio]

Passive Diffusion of Transdermal Glucose: Noninvasive Glucose Sensing Using a Fluorescent Glucose Binding Protein.

The motivation for this study was to determine if a statistically significant correlation exists between blood glucose (BG) and transdermal glucose (TG) collected by passive diffusion. A positive outc...

Acute hormonal response to glucose, lipids and arginine infusion in overweight cats.

In cats, the incidence of obesity and diabetes is increasing, and little is known about specific aspects of the endocrine control of food intake in this species. Recent data suggest that ghrelin has a...

Effect of acarbose on postprandial blood glucose concentrations in healthy cats fed low and high carbohydrate diets.

Feeding a low carbohydrate diet is recommended for diabetic cats; however, some cats may require diets containing moderate-to-high carbohydrate and may benefit from the use of therapeutic agents to im...

Evaluation of fructosamine as a parameter of blood glucose control in diabetic pregnant women.

Objective To evaluate the alternative parameters to monitor glycemia in pregnant women with diabetes studying the relationship between fructosamine testing and self monitoring of blood glucose in preg...

Investigation of saliva as an alternative matrix to blood for the biological monitoring of inorganic lead.

Whole blood is the established matrix for biological monitoring of inorganic lead; however blood sampling is an invasive procedure. Saliva offers a potential non-invasive alternative. This study deter...

Clinical Trials [6638 Associated Clinical Trials listed on BioPortfolio]

A New Glucose Meter With Alternative Site Testing

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the performance of the blood glucose monitoring system when used with samples taken from the palm and forearm for alternative site testing (AST).

Self Monitoring of Blood Glucose With Finger Tip vs. Alternate Site Sampling: Effect on Long Term Glycemic Control

The objective is to assess the effect of using ASBG (alternate site blood glucose) versus FTBG (finger tip blood glucose) testing on long-term glycemic control in diabetics. Since ASBG mea...

Frequency of Blood Glucose Monitoring in Patients With Gestational Diabetes

The incidence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is increasing. GDM requires patients to test their blood glucose at least four times daily. The investigators propose to prospectively ...

Rapid HIV Testing and Counseling

This is a randomized controlled clinical trial in which adults receiving drug abuse treatment will be recruited to participate in a multi-center HIV testing and counseling study. The purp...

Testing Ascensia Contour Glucometer for the Measurement of Blood Glucose

Present practice: Measurement of fasting glucose values in 2nd trimester of pregnancy, if above 4.8 mmol/l, a Glucose Tolerance Test is performed. (Two-step procedure: 1. Appointment for t...

Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

Sampling of blood levels of the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) by withdrawal of blood from the inferior petrosal sinus. The inferior petrosal sinus arises from the cavernous sinus and runs to the internal jugular vein. Sampling of blood at this level is a valuable tool in the differential diagnosis of Cushing disease, Cushing syndrome, and other adrenocortical diseases.

A test to determine the ability of an individual to maintain HOMEOSTASIS of BLOOD GLUCOSE. It includes measuring blood glucose levels in a fasting state, and at prescribed intervals before and after oral glucose intake (75 or 100 g) or intravenous infusion (0.5 g/kg).

Maintenance of a constant blood glucose level by perfusion or infusion with glucose or insulin. It is used for the study of metabolic rates (e.g., in glucose, lipid, amino acid metabolism) at constant glucose concentration.

A sampling methodology using small sample sizes when conducting surveys in small geographical or population-based areas or lots.

A ubiquitously expressed glucose transporter that is important for constitutive, basal GLUCOSE transport. It is predominately expressed in ENDOTHELIAL CELLS and ERYTHROCYTES at the BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER and is responsible for GLUCOSE entry into the BRAIN.

Search BioPortfolio:

Relevant Topic

Latest News Clinical Trials Research Drugs Reports Corporate
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. The two main types of diabetes are: type 1 diabetes type 2 diabetes In the UK, diabetes affects approximately 2.9 million people. There are a...