Monitoring blood glucose in a diabetic dog can be a matter of life and death.
Glucometers used in veterinary medicine allow quick reading and require only a small drop of blood. However, their accuracy isn't ideal.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine found that testing blood plasma instead of whole blood improves accuracy of the measurements.
They compared the results from the glucometer and biochemical analyzer.
Biochemical analyzer takes longer to get a reading, needs more blood and is more expensive, however the measurements are highly accurate.
The glucometer measurements using blood plasma instead of whole blood were almost identical to the analyzer readings.
More accurate method for blood glucose testing