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Old 11-29-2014, 06:56 PM
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Default Re: Freestyle Lite vs Freestyle Test Strips

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When using AlphaTrak strips, use the code on the container. You can try FreeStyle Lite strips on the same code, or experiment with other codes like the 5 I'm using.

When I experiment, I use the AlphaTrak Control Solution. First, I use an AlphaTrak strip with the Control Solution and jot down the reading. Then, I try FreeStyle Lite strips at different codes until I get a reading within about 5-7 points of the AlphaTrak strip. You just have to remember which strip you loaded into the meter, and code it accordingly. As I mentioned, "5" with FreeStyle Lite strips closely matches the AlphaTrak strips for me.

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By the way, the reason I use the AlphaTrak Control Solution is so that I won't have to poke Annie too many times during the initial experimentations. Also, I'm thinking the Control Solution is actually more repeatable than true blood (the AlphaTrak and FreeStyle Lite strips only test a pin-point amount of blood and I'm thinking one pin-point drop of real blood might be slightly different than the next pin-point drop)
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Old 11-30-2014, 08:12 PM
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Default Re: Freestyle Lite vs Freestyle Test Strips

Craig, FYI - I used the Freestyle strips today and coded the AlphaTrak at 5 which was the code on the bottle, I compared the readings from the Alpha strips to the Freestyle strips and they were about 30 points off everytime, higher with Freestyle just like the Freestyle Lite. So at least I know I can use these now and about what the difference is. I cannot afford to buy the AlphaTrak strips anymore just too expensive for me being unemployed and all the other medical expenses for Murphy.
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Old 11-30-2014, 08:32 PM
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Craig, FYI - I used the Freestyle strips today and coded the AlphaTrak at 5 which was the code on the bottle, I compared the readings from the Alpha strips to the Freestyle strips and they were about 30 points off everytime, higher with Freestyle just like the Freestyle Lite. So at least I know I can use these now and about what the difference is. I cannot afford to buy the AlphaTrak strips anymore just too expensive for me being unemployed and all the other medical expenses for Murphy.
Good to know :-)

Did you test using blood or Control Solution? Just curious. I realize you probably don't want to "waste" FreeStyle strips, but it might be interesting to see what "6" (or other codes) might show :-)

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Old 12-17-2014, 12:23 PM
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Default Urinanalysis vs Urine Cultures

How many of you actually get urine cultures on your dogs? Vets tell me they recommend them done twice a year because urinanalysis are not enough to detect infections. My vet is recommending one for Murphy, already has had a urinanalysis that showed nothing but peeing a lot and drinking a lot of water and his BG still unregulated, but he is doing fine otherwise. It runs $140 plus more if sedation is needed which I think is high and I cannot afford right now because still unemployed so I don't know what to do. Thx
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Old 12-17-2014, 12:38 PM
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Since your already blood testing can you post a recent curve youve done please and tell us what he,s eating , how much, what insulin and how much every 12 hours.

You might want to get ketone strips to test his urine yourself for ketones.

lets see more info okay. He might just need an increase of insulin.
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Old 12-17-2014, 01:39 PM
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I think a urine culture at this point is not necessary, especially considering the financial burden it places on you. If the vet feels strongly that your pup has a urinary tract infection, they can prescribe a broad spectrum antibiotic, which is relatively cheap.
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Old 12-17-2014, 06:54 PM
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I think if he is not showing signs of an active infection, then this is a waste of money. Typically, my vet doesn't order a culture unless we get a UTI that won't respond to antibiotics. To do one twice a year "just in case" is unnecessary and borderline irresponsible. Why put a dog through it if there is no sign of infection? This vet seems a tad greedy.... Just my opinion.
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Old 12-18-2014, 12:01 PM
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As you can see by the attached article from a Vet who works with ADW (American Diabetes Wholesale) and is quite knowledgable in animal diabetes, urine cultures are recommended twice yearly in dogs with diabetes because uninalysis doesn't always show infections in diabetic dogs. That is why I was asking how many people actually take their dogs for urine cultures during the year and has it benefited in any way?
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Old 12-18-2014, 12:32 PM
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i have not had my jesse checked for a uti . i feel since i check blood sugar at home i would see a change in blood sugar which maybe a clue to an infection correlate that with physical symptoms . is that a 100 percent guarantee maybe not but probably close

i can understand maybe doing more testing and having more vet visits but there can be a consequence to that action with a compromised immune system in a location where the dog may catch something while there

the single best thing that can be done for a diabetic dog is testing blood sugar at home . that one thing has been one of the important reasons my jesse is here today

in the end there is no wrong or wight answer its what you are comfortable with working with your medical professional
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Old 12-18-2014, 02:38 PM
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Default Re: Urinanalysis vs Urine Cultures

We never did. We only tested if we had some reason to believe he had a UTI.

One thing to keep in mind is that a lot of veterinary pet diabetes advice is based on the assumption that people do not closely monitor or regulate their dog's blood sugar.

Like suggesting routine fructosamine tests, for example. The vets were taught you need to do one but a fructosamine test is quite pointless when one is routinely testing blood sugar at home.

When the standard for "regulated" is as low as it often is by veterinarians, UTIs would be very common. They are not nearly so common when the diabetes regulation is good.

Considering the cost, on a tight budget or even a moderate budget, I'd put that money to what I would consider to be better uses.

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