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Old 05-06-2018, 02:42 AM
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I tried to test this am and couldn't get it, he's very nervous and moves around to much. I had to poke him twice and still didn't get enough blood, may be the relion lancing device I got.
There is tons of information on this site on how to get blood to test. I never bought a lancing device. I just use the last syringe to prick Scooter. Needle is very fine and a quick, shallow jab does the trick. The $9 ReliOn needs the tiniest amount of blood but you need to keep it in contact to let it wick up. I can prick him while asleep and he does not wake up.

I go for any skin warts on his lower back. I also associate the prick with a small treat afterwards. I use Billjack Original Recipe Chicken Liver treats. No sugar, I called them to find out.
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Old 05-06-2018, 12:00 PM
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I'm having such a hard time getting any blood, I think the needle on the lancet is to short. I tried again today on his ear and his back end by the base of his tail still no blood. I can see were it pricked his skin but there is no blood coming. It seems its not getting deep enough but I don't want to hurt him either. He was really good about it today so i quit before he started getting aggravated.
I don't see any callus on him any where, maybe I will try it without the lancing pen, just use the lancet. We will try again, I just feel so bad for my Buddy.
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Old 05-06-2018, 05:24 PM
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The lancer that comes with some of the meters don't seem to penetrate very well so I use the ReliOn lancer with 26 gauge lancets on Daisy's ear. I just have to make sure her ear is nice and warm.
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Old 05-07-2018, 02:54 AM
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I'm having such a hard time getting any blood... I can see were it pricked his skin but there is no blood coming.
Try squeezing the spot where you prick. The blood should appear quickly and only a very tiny amount will work with the $9 ReliOn meter. Just keep the strip against his skin until the meter reads out. About 3 seconds or so. If you don't, it will give you an error. You will need to prick him again. The blood dries quickly.
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Old 05-07-2018, 04:33 AM
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Thanks all, I'm going to try again this morning I hope this works.
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Old 05-07-2018, 08:04 PM
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My almost 13 year old Border Collie, Max, was diagnosed at the beginning of this year, and it took us almost 3 months to get him to the levels he needed to be at. It was very overwhelming in the beginning and frustrating at the same time. In time, it will become easier. Do your best to educate yourself and create a good relationship with your vet. You mentioned that he doesn't react to needles very well. I try to stick to a routine when I give Max his shots (especially since he lost his sight to cataracts). I will say, "Can I poke you?" I'll move his hair out of the way and say, "Ready? One, Two Three" and insert the needle. Once I'm done I rub the spot and give him a treat. I think that it makes it less of a surprise, plus he knows he will be rewarded for his cooperation.

Also, when it comes to feeding, you could look into 'people food' options if the dog food isn't working. Foods such as green beans and pumpkin (100% pumpkin, not pie filling) can be good options. I've also been told that carrots and cauliflower work as well; however, our dog doesn't like either. We feed hard boiled eggs and a chicken liver/brown rice mix in moderation, in addition, to the dog food our dog likes. It's all about finding foods your dog likes and works for their system.

Good luck to you!
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:40 PM
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You may need a thicker lancet. Dogs have thicker skin. Also, the lancing device doesnít usually work that well. I just took the lancet and used it to poke the skin.
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I'm having such a hard time getting any blood, I think the needle on the lancet is to short. I tried again today on his ear and his back end by the base of his tail still no blood. I can see were it pricked his skin but there is no blood coming. It seems its not getting deep enough but I don't want to hurt him either. He was really good about it today so i quit before he started getting aggravated.
I don't see any callus on him any where, maybe I will try it without the lancing pen, just use the lancet. We will try again, I just feel so bad for my Buddy.
Hi and a belated welcome! You really have found an awesome board. I tend to come and go, but I do read a lot on here and thought I should mention, your pup can sense your apprehension, frustration and just that feeling of being overwhelmed. We have all felt all of those and more, but the more successful you are at hiding it, the calmer it seems to make our pups.

Carol, the first time I poked Vinny, I had to do it FOUR times! In four different locations!! I swear if looks could kill I wouldnít have made it that night! 😂 I felt frustrated and apprehensive because I didnít have a clue what I was doing. But I had read enough of this site, I just kept going.

I remember reading once that CraigM sings or hums and Maxís parent just shared what they do. You have to figure out how to calm yourself as much as calming Bud. That is half the battle.

This is a new normal and itís unfair, but here it is. Iím absolutely sure youíve got this!
Mel and her Monster Vinny

Oh and frozen green beans are a great treat weíve found!
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