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Old 11-19-2012, 07:04 PM
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Good job Mandy. Isn't it nice to know where she is at.

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Old 11-19-2012, 07:26 PM
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Good work Piper (and you too!).
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:40 PM
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No luck testing today. Her left side seems much more sensitive than her right. She wasn't bad yesterday when I tested on the right side of her mouth, but today on the left, she bit me twice. :-/ Her left side is also much more awkward for me. I find it easier for myself to test on the right side. Do I have to rotate sides when I test? Should I keep trying to work with her on that side, or is it okay to test only on the right, as long as I don't test the same spot each time?
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:43 PM
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Jenny is sensitive. I only test on one side of her mouth. I try to move the spot a tiny bit but there is definitely a "sweet spot" near her canine tooth. If I move too far from that, no blood. hang in there!
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:10 AM
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It only took three people, but we finally got a successful blood glucose test! We got a reading of 279 about an hour after food/shot time. Not much info, I know, but we're going to have to take it slow with her and work up to multiple tests a day. I'm just happy we finally got one!
Great work! Well done you.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:17 PM
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We usually used the same side for testing, Chris' left lip in our case. I think mainly because it was easier for me. The side seemed to make a big difference in how smoothly I could both lance and inject insulin.

We moved around randomly in the "sweet spot" which was about an inch square or so.

If the lip is getting very sore, you might dial back the lancet if using one or alter your lancing technique if lancing by hand.

We tested Chris a minimum of three times a day for four years - he was about 64 pounds so medium/large sized - and he never had any problems with his lip being sore. But every dog is different.

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Old 11-22-2012, 05:00 AM
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Congrats on the home testing! Both my husband & I shed tears in the beginning as we worked through the frustration of figuring things out. Decker's right inner lip is easiest to test. I can tell when it starts to get sore because he will pull away when I flip his lip over. Most of the time he is pretty easy going about being tested. Left side works fine too - I'm just more coordinated at getting blood from his right side.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:23 AM
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Any chance you could switch to the carpal pad? I use this spot on my dog and she doesn't seem to mind much. The lancet needs to be a larger size because the skin is tougher but it's just much easier. Now, in your case, you'll want to be careful because this puts your face close to your dog's and if she bites you might need to be on guard but if it works it might be a better answer.

Also, with your dog's coloring, you could probably also use the ear as you'll be able see the bead of blood.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:55 AM
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

She doesn't seem to mind her right side lip too much, as long as my mom is there to pet/hold her. It's the left side that seems super sensitive, so I'm glad to know that it should be okay to just use the right. I've only been trying one test a day right now, just so I don't stress her too much, but I've been playing with her lips while I'm petting her so she gets used to me touching them more.

I can't use her carpal pad because she hates having her feet touched. We tried her ears at the vet, but couldn't get blood even with the 25G lancets.

We used one of the promo codes and ordered an Alphatrak yesterday. I'm hoping that it'll make testing easier, since it requires even less blood than the Relion. I'm also still concerned that the Relion may not be accurate anyway, and since the Alphatrak is made for dogs, it should be more reliable.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:50 AM
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Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

Hope you will like the new AT2 you ordered. I really like the fact that it takes such a tiny speck of blood. Sometimes the sampe looks so small that I don't think it's going to work but I put that strip up to the bead and voila, beep goes the AT2 and I've got a reading. Good luck with the testing.

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