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Hi Dr. Char, I ordered the glucose test strips after I found out my dog has diabetes. I have him on insulin, though found your website because I was searching for other natural approaches to diabetes. In the pamphlet that came with them, it says to read at 10 or 30 seconds for qualitative and semi-quantitive results. Can you please define this better? Which reading is more important? Also what are the measurements (for instance, on the bottle for the glucose color chart, the first box to the right, 100 with a 5 underneath, what is that measurement of glucose specifically?) Thank you for your help, Suzy

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July 13, 2015 at 10:42 PM

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Dear Suzy,

The amount of sugar in the urine is a different amount than what is in the blood. The extra high amount in the blood can be filtered by the kidneys and end up in the urine. The reason why Vetionx sells the urine strips is to help people monitor the sugar levels in the urine. If they were giving insulin and there is no sugar in the urine we would be concerned because there might be low levels of glucose in the blood. In which case the owner would not want to give another dose of insulin until seeing their veterinarian for a blood check. If you want to know if the amount in the urine is low or high the sticks can help you know that. To get the value read the pad at 30 seconds. It takes that long to get the color change. The first number is mg per deciliter, the second number is in mmol. The important thing to remember is that if one is giving insulin you want to keep the amount of sugar in the urine at a trace or 100mg/dl. You would adjust the insulin dose it to keep it there.

Best regards,

Dr. Char www.vetionx.com

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
July 15, 2015 at 10:50 AM
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