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Old 10-17-2013, 12:33 PM
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I am currently only getting my dog Murphy tested at the Vet but am considering buying a meter. I am unemployed right now and cannot afford one of the expensive brands plus the supplies that you need for them. I read somewhere about Reliion from Walmart that is for humans but can also be used for dogs, can anyone confirm this or suggest another expensive brand and supplies. Thx!
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:42 PM
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I am currently only getting my dog Murphy tested at the Vet but am considering buying a meter. I am unemployed right now and cannot afford one of the expensive brands plus the supplies that you need for them. I read somewhere about Reliion from Walmart that is for humans but can also be used for dogs, can anyone confirm this or suggest another expensive brand and supplies. Thx!
Hi and Welcome!

Craig, our resident expert in meters will be much better at answering your questions. You might check his posts about Annie, but I'm sure your title will catch his attention! I know a lot of folks use the Relion. Personally, I found it difficult to get the strip in, but that was early on and I should probably try again! I started testing almost right away because I couldn't see spending all the money at the vets on something I could do. The money I've saved has more than paid for the meter and supplies!

So, tell us about your pup! We'd love to hear as much as you want to tell us!
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:26 PM
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I use the ReliOn Prime for everyday testing due to the very low cost http://www.relion.com/diabetes/blood...g/relion-prime The problem with the Prime is that it does read dog blood low. Through comparing with my AlphaTrak dog meter I've determined that if I divide the reading off the Prime by 0.65 I get a number that is close to what my AlphaTrak would have indicated. Example: if my Prime read 100, I'd divide by 0.65 any get 153 as my "corrected" reading. Of course these were my tests, but others seem to do the same type of correcting. Some members have reported seeing wide swings in readings, but I think my meter is pretty reliable.

Another consideration would be the One Touch Ultra2 meter. You can find the OTU2 on Amazon for under $20 and there is a generic test strip, GenStrip http://www.amazon.com/Genstrip-Strip.../dp/B00B5VC074 that seems to be a low cost option for the OTU2. The OTU2 seems to read dog blood just 25-30 points low in the normal 100-200 range and most users just record the reading off the meter as close enough. Minor problem with the OTU2 is that it requires a slightly larger blood sample than most other meters.

Of course there are other low cost meters, but these are the two I've "played" with, along with my AlphaTrak.

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Old 10-17-2013, 03:46 PM
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Thanks for the response. Murphy is my 10 year old Golden/Aussie mix who I rescued from a shelter when he was 4 mos old, he was diagnosed in May of this year. Unfortunately I am currently unemployed and he is already on other meds so any extra expenses is really difficult. We go in for a frutosimine test on Monday so hopefully his numbers will be ok.
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:58 PM
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I also use the Relion Prime...very reasonable price. I also did a comparison with my Alpha Trak 2 and do a conversion when I use the Prime.
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:12 PM
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Thanks for the response. Murphy is my 10 year old Golden/Aussie mix who I rescued from a shelter when he was 4 mos old, he was diagnosed in May of this year. Unfortunately I am currently unemployed and he is already on other meds so any extra expenses is really difficult. We go in for a frutosimine test on Monday so hopefully his numbers will be ok.
If you start home testing you might be able to quit doing frutosimine tests in the future. Many who home test feel the frutosimine test is at best redundant, and possibly a bit of a waste. The reason is that test basically tells what the average glucose level was over a length of time. It doesn't tell how low, nor high the glucose has been. So it's possible that a dog had wild swings from dangerous low to dangerous high and could show a good frutosimine test. At least that's what I think I've heard. http://diabetes.about.com/od/glossar...saminetest.htm

You would get much better information from a day long blood glucose curve where you (or vet $$$) would check Murphy's blood about every two hours from before breakfast to around dinner time (usually difficult at a vet clinic due to their office hours). This way you would see the highs and lows. You would also see how his meal affects his diabetes - much more informative! You could do a day long curve at home and it would only cast about $1 (Relion Prime). I would guess some vet clinics would charge $75+. Most of us test at least twice a day to be fairly sure our pups are in a "good spot".

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By the way, if you would like to change the title of your thread to something else (Murphy, or whatever you'd like) just post it here and a moderator can change it for you.
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:31 PM
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Can you tell me what is the difference between the Relion Prime, the Relion Confirm & the Relion ultima. Can I use either of the 3. I know the test strips are cheaper for the Prime.
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I have both the Confirm and Prime meters. They work the same as most modern meters, nothing earth-shaking about either

The Confirm requires slightly less blood than the Prime: .3micromliters compared to .5microliters, probably an insignificant difference.

The Confirm "beeps" when there is enough blood for the test. The beep can startle some pups. With the Prime, you can easily see the blood sucked up by the test strip and will know if there wasn't enough.

I sort of like the packaging of the Confirm test strips. The plastic vial is sealed in a foil wrap and that might provide some protection during shipping / pre-use storage?

I normally use the Prime for routine testing due to the lower cost.

Both meters read dog blood low, but you can apply a math adjustment and get an answer close to true. Some folks don't worry about the error and use the error as a safety margin.

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Old 10-23-2013, 05:41 PM
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I just started testing my guy on Monday. I read threads on here and recommendations. It seems in my reading that Craig is the meter testing/review guy. Initially I considered the alpha track and down the road may go that route but for now I wanted something cheap in case for whatever reason it didn't work for us I wasn't out 100.00+ bucks as opposed to 25-30.00.

I researched the ReliOn Prime and Confirm. I wanted something simple and as foolproof as possible since I've never touched a meter in my life. I read reviews on both till my eyes bled and decided to go with the Confirm. It seemed to me that more people had problems with error codes on the prime and it not always reading accurately as opposed to the Confirm. I also liked how little blood it needed. I also considered the mini as it takes the same strips as the confirm and also got good reviews but they were out of the mini's when we went to buy it.

I had my vet run side by side comparisons so I'd know the variance between my meter and their readings and yes it does run low. In our case it seems to be about 25 low on readings under 100 and 30 low on readings in the 100-300 range.

I have been testing my guy for two days now and am very happy with the Confirm. I wish the size of the meter was a little smaller but eh I'll deal. I found test strips on e-bay and including shipping it broke down to 37˘ a strip so not too dang bad. I had hoped they'd be here today but no so I had to run to wal-mart again tonight to pick up another 20 pack.

I have gotten 2 error codes in 20 strips. The one I knew right away I borked up. The other eh who knows why.

I am contemplating already getting an alphatrack system and using that for the all days curves when I take them but then the Confirm for just random testing.
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