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Old 06-22-2016, 07:28 AM
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Default Re: Advocate PetTest meter

Good find and thank you!

I ordered it as well, got the promotion. Hoping this will replace my alphatrak as well, they have been price gouging for too long on the test strips. Also tired of playing guessing games with the code 7 + freestyle strips, one solution would be a nice change of pace.

I'll report back with my findings as well.
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Old 06-22-2016, 11:19 AM
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Just received email confirmation that my meter has shipped, which means I may have it as early as Friday to try out. I'm anxious and excited. How silly is this? I guess I am just looking for cheaper testing method, but yet accurate, without having to turn to human meters and conversions. I feel guilty in testing as often as I do at over $1 a pop for strips for AlphaTrak, but I feel it's important for my pup in knowing how he's doing because we still aren't there yet in 'regulation', if that ever happens for him. Will post when I get it and the comparison results.

If anyone is interested in ordering this meter for only $9.95 for a limited time, here is the link. I have ordered my alphaTrak supplies from here with great service.

http://www.countrysidepet.com/limite...st-test-strips
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Old 06-22-2016, 12:42 PM
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As soon as possible I'll be another owner of the Pet Test glucose meter also! Thank you for sharing this valuable information guys!!!
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Old 06-25-2016, 09:12 AM
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Just order mine, cant wait to try it. Gotta keep my girl as healthy as i can, and will do anything to get her there. Hope this is a curate.
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Old 06-25-2016, 09:58 AM
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Received the extra box of test strips I ordered, but still waiting on the meter itself. When I checked shipping status it indicated it was at my local post office yesterday morning, but estimated arrival is still the 27th-29th. Annie says she will keep an eye out for our mail lady today (not sure her blind eye will be of much use)

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Old 06-25-2016, 11:00 AM
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Yeah!! Received my new Advocate meter yesterday. First reading was 100 pts difference, but I attribute that huge difference to maybe it being the first reading and maybe not getting everything just right.

I have used twice since yesterday. This morning, first reading was only 14 difference, with Advocate being the lowest, and my mid-day reading was 46 difference, again with Advocate being the lowest. If the difference holds, I will make this my main testing meter since I test so often.

I like how it works. It's easy set-up, and the strips just suck in the blood, beeps when the strip is full and pretty much instantly gives you a reading in under 5 seconds, whereas the AlphaTrak may take a little longer for it to work. I like how you use the end of the strip to get the blood instead of trying to get the blood on the little point of the Alphatrak strip. The starter kit came with 10 strips, 10 lancets, the lancer, and 5 travel safety lancets, and calibration fluid, and the little zippered travel bag, plus 2 AAA batteries. And, Countryside Pet threw in an extra bottle of 10 strips (which gives me 20 total to start with). All this for $9.95 and free shipping from them. I am now going back to Amazon to order a box of 50 strips, through them as a seller for $26.95. Ordering strips directly from them is higher. But, I have found it best to check Amazon and the seller to see which is cheaper because sometimes they switch the costs.

I don't plan to switch lancets as the Alphatrak works fine and I can get replacement lancets at Walmart for $1.48 for 100 of them. The Advocate lancer looks strange to me.

So, I'm hoping this continues to be a good meter and remains pretty accurate. The way my Gus is running now, I don't have to worry too much about having a low. We're back to having higher numbers again and being on a roller coaster of being anywhere in mid 300's to high 400s, and a couple 500's thrown in out of the blue. Schnauzers are most certainly hard to regulate and I sure pray he isn't getting insulin resistant. I will be curious on how close the readings are for others here that have ordered this meter.
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Old 06-25-2016, 02:08 PM
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Update - just did third comparison BG test with the two meters, with only 5 point difference, again with Advocate being the lower reading. I'm pleased that it appears to be pretty darn close. It's a win in my book right now.
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Old 06-25-2016, 05:01 PM
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Question Re: Advocate PetTest meter

Momofgus:

I want to ask you, when you compare both meters, how do you do it? Do you use the alphatrack 1st & then the Advocate meter?

Do you lance gus only once or does it take 2 pokes to compare the readings?

I rec'd mine today and soon will be trying on Mr Shadow...if he lets me!

I am so new at this i'm trying not to panic while testing him, but it is really stressful when the meter times out due to insufficient blood
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Old 06-25-2016, 05:18 PM
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I want to ask you, when you compare both meters, how do you do it? Do you use the alphatrack 1st & then the Advocate meter?

Do you lance gus only once or does it take 2 pokes to compare the readings?

I used the same blood droplet for both meters. First the Alphatrak, then the Advocate meter. I am lucky in that my little dog doesn't mind and his laying back in my arms on my lap while I test him on his upper paw pad (elbow callus). Where are you testing? I've only used the front paw elbow callus. Doesn't hurt him. I don't think I could test him anywhere else. I keep the hair trimmed close to the skin around the callus area.

We get pretty good size blood droplet most times. The Advocate doesn't time out as fast, so you have time. I have everything laid out on my chair arm, lance him, get a nice droplet, push in the strip on both meters and test the blood droplet. I really like how this new meter doesn't time out as quick and how it just sucks up the blood fast and gives you a quick reading.
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Old 06-26-2016, 02:25 PM
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I ordered through AdvocateMeters.com using promo code FETCH16 and received the ADVOCATE PetTest Meter Kit for under $7, the cost of shipping. It came with the meter, 25 test strips, 10 single use safety lancets, 10 regular lancets, the control solution, and a lancing device.
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