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Old 11-21-2014, 02:29 PM
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FreeStyle Lite test strips should still work (turn on) the older grey colored Alphatrak meter. I know they worked years ago, but the FreeStyle strips have been "updated" a couple of years ago so I don't have any data to what code would be set for the FreeStyle strips.

I'm not home at the moment, but if the battery is still good in my old grey Alphatrak meter I'll run some tests using new Alphatrak strips and new Freestyle strips in the grey meter this evening.

Did the vet tell you to code the grey Alphatrak to "7", and to ignore the code on the strip container? I think that is what Abbott recommends when using Alphatrak-2 (new) strips in the old grey meter. I know the data sheet that comes packed with the new Alphatrak-2 strips mentions how to code the old meter.

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Thank you I appreciate it. No she did not tell me about he code 7, thanks for the heads up!

Im going to have to google a user manuals for this just to have it on hand in case the need ever arises.
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Old 11-21-2014, 02:37 PM
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Found this from several years ago (hope it works):

http://k9diabetes.com/forum/archive/...hp/t-3547.html
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Old 11-21-2014, 04:32 PM
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Hi the free style lite strips do work with the grey alphatrak. I have a users guide and would be happy to mail it to you. Just need your name and address. Will put it in the mail tomorrow.
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Old 11-21-2014, 05:35 PM
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Hi the free style lite strips do work with the grey alphatrak. I have a users guide and would be happy to mail it to you. Just need your name and address. Will put it in the mail tomorrow.
Cool thanks for the info. I actually found a .pdf online and printed it out. Thank you though!
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:02 PM
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My one big problem is he rarely eats in the morning. He usually just picks at it, so that could be an issue.

I also threw out all the dog treats. The vet said he can never have another treat again. Ok, I agree. I baked some chicken tenders and some stew beef and cut them up into small pieces. Are those acceptable to give him as a "treat" when hes been a good boy, like going potty?

Once again, thank you all!
It's pretty common that diabetic dogs don't want to eat breakfast. I wound up jumping through all kinds of hoops trying to get Sparky to eat breakfast, but he never really enjoyed it. Also, I don't agree that Ace should never ever get another treat. I think he needs to get treats in moderation, and certainly the calories need to be factored into his diet. I think most of our diabetic dogs get some treats every now and then. And using the chicken tenders and stew beef is also perfectly fine for Ace. As time goes on, you'll learn what kind of things affect his blood sugar. I used to give Sparky green beans as treats, and he loved them. He also enjoyed asparagus (I know, strange dog!!!). Ultimately, as someone on the forum told me, we have to allow them to be dogs, too. There's a line to walk between doing everything perfectly and being realistic about what you and your dog can live with.
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:16 PM
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I wasn't able to compare the old grey Alphatrak and new purple Alphatrak-2: dead battery in the old meter :-(

You would probably feel better if you did your own comparisons. If you shop for FreeStyle Lite strips, they are much less expensive online. I usually shop at Amazon, but you might find good prices elsewhere.

You might want to get a bottle / vial of Alphatrak control solution to be sure the meter is working correctly. I also use control solution in the place of real blood when I do comparisons. http://www.adwdiabetes.com/product/a...tions_2756.htm

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Prescription food is not a requirement and I think you need to get a food that he will eat reliably. I use a combo of wet and dry. Wet food usually helps get them to eat dry - I have used the Merrick cans that are like stews - they look and smell pretty good(Cowboy Cookout was Maggie's fav) and now I feed Nutrisca stew. These are diabetic friendly. I would look for a moderate protein, low fat, moderate fiber kibble to go with a wet. Many like the grain free ones which are easy to find these days - I haven't had success with the higher protein foods and some see wild swings in sugar with really high protein food. My Maggie has pancreatitis issues sometimes and she has issues with certain ingredients(through trial and error, I found out she can't tolerate white potato or rice) so this is how I went about finding her food. Every dog is different and practically everyone here feeds something different or a different combo. Find something that is readily available. If you have any pet stores locally, you can investigate what brands and read ingredient labels. If they have samples of some lower fat foods, you might get some to see if Ace will eat them. I think even Wal Mart has a brand called Pure Balance that is a pretty good food.

He can have treats - Maggie has days when treats keep her sugar steady. This will be trial and error, too. I stick with all meat treats, or sweet potato, and I recently found some pumpkin/mango fruitables. String cheese, boiled eggs, and green beans also are common choices. I never give carby type bones like biscuits unless Maggie is low and I am trying to give her sugar up. But, it is best to give treats at the same times and roughly the same amount daily. If you are walking more than usual, he may need some extra.
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Old 11-24-2014, 04:16 PM
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Thank you for the suggestions.

Hes liking the pure balance, but im still waiting for the merrick cans to come in. Are there any wet dog foods that you guys can recommend that you can get at a grocery store or walmart for example? He loves Cesars, but I hear its horrible. hes very picky. He also loves Ol Roy Health Mix rice and lamb stew (another wet food) Also, I noticed they had purebalance wet food cups at walmart. Would those be safe?

I know it sounds horrible asking about these probably crummy foods, but Im short on cash, so its tough to find the right balance.

Also, how big of a concern is it if he doesnt eat much with his morning insulin shot? He has never been a morning eater, so its a battle trying to get him to eat some right now in the morning with his shot. Thanks!
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Old 11-24-2014, 04:53 PM
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We can all relate to wanting to get the best for your dog but maybe not having the money to do so...you get the best you can afford. Here is a link to a good site for comparing foods. You should be able to find info on most brands so you can make an informed choice. Once you get a food that works for you, be sure to see if it is sold by online companies such as Chewy. com or maybe Amazon. If they offer your brand, it'll likely be much cheaper than most stores, and there are often coupons and discounts to be found.


http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

It looks like the Pure Balance is rated very well with most types either 4 or 5 stars. The Cesar's has a couple varieties that get 3 stars, and the Ol Roy isn't so great compared to either...
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Old 11-24-2014, 04:59 PM
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you would like a food that has lower fat . it seems diabetic dogs are prone to pancreatitis and thats something you would like to avoid . my jesses hospital stay for that was in the thousands and it was life threatening.

as far as feeding more or less with insulin . i give my jesse one meal a day with a full dose of insulin and for the morning i give her a snack and about half the dose she received with her full meal in the evening
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