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Old 11-21-2015, 02:36 AM
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I use the inside of the upper lip. As, my dog laid down on its side and lift the upper lip and rolled it outward so that you can able to work on the inside surface.
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Old 02-23-2016, 09:01 AM
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I use Alpha Trak 2 and test the upper inside of my dog's ear. I read some of the reples and see some frustration with this device's lancet. We had to get up to the 4 setting before it produced a reliable bead of blood big enough to test. My nervous Westie does not mind this at all now that I am not freaked out about it. He comes to me and stands still. We test twice a day.

If you are new to this, warm your dog up first (wrap in a towel and walk around carrying him for a minute if not too big and heavy, or put a sweater on him) so that ears or whatever body part being tested is warm. Makes a big difference in success rate in getting a blood bead.
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Old 02-23-2016, 10:29 AM
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So glad someone started this post. I have a thread regarding my 3 month old Great Dane pup. She was diagnosed with diabetes around 3 weeks ago. We will have everything we need to start testing at home this week. She has gotten much better about her insulin shots, but I'm nervous about doing the BG checks. We simply can't afford to keep going to the vets every other day for a check though. Plus, we are still working to determine the right units of insulin to get her BG where it needs to be. A difficult process with a growing pup. I'm not sure the inner lip is going to work with her so we plan to start with her ears. We didn't think the paw pad was a good idea. Worried about possible infection, etc. from walking on the area. I'll let everyone know how it goes for us this week.
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Old 02-25-2016, 05:46 AM
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Sooo....we got all the stuff to do home testing on our Luna (3 1/2 month old pup). But I gotta tell you, getting her to sit for it didn't happen. I'm not sure how we are going to accomplish it. My husband is going to try again today for the mid-day check. But I fear we may end up having to continue to pay the vet to check every few days until she is older.
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:49 AM
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i use the gum line closest to the nose he is very sweet and will allow me
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Old 02-29-2016, 12:30 PM
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We finally managed to find a way to get it done. We have to coax her with a few bites of kibble, but we check her right before feeding time usually so it's working out right now. We've been using the ear and that's seems good. I don't think she would settle for us to use her inner lip, maybe once she is a little older and more used to all this poking and prodding.
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Old 03-02-2016, 04:05 AM
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The first time I decided to test Vinny, I poked him in four different places while he sat patiently waiting till I was done! I couldn't get blood from anywhere, but I figured out later that I didn't have a thick enough gauge to poke him with. After that fiasco, he let me test his upper lip (which was site #4 ) and that's where we have tested since! He even comes running when I call him to "poke the puppy"...I'm sure it's for the bit of chicken jerky he gets afterward!
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Old 03-02-2016, 08:43 AM
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Yes we've used a bit of food as well. But we have a routine down now. Still using the ear. But she is doing pretty good with it.
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Old 03-04-2016, 12:42 PM
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I use a 26 gauge lancet - no device. I test on the inside of Kirby's lip above the canine tooth. I alternate sides and location especially when doing a curve. The vet shaved his ear and an elbow callus but I didn't have any luck getting blood from either place. I switched to the Alpha Trak 2 because it gives me more time and two chances per strip. I started using the ReliOn monitor but I was struggling.
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I use the syringe that Fua gets his insulin in. I insert the syringe a small amount into the callous area that is on Fua's elbow*. It's a very loose area of skin and he does not even feel it, and a little blood appears. My vet said this was the best place. I then squeeze the area and put the barb of my Alphatrak2 strip onto the blood.

*when I say 'elbow' I mean his left leg where the joint is, where it bends. Not really called 'elbow' in dog anatomy but the 'carpus'.
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