Today's Veterinary Business

JUN 2018

Today’s Veterinary Business provides information and resources designed to help veterinarians and office management improve the financial performance of their practices, allowing them to increase the level of patient care and client service.

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DIFFERENCES IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF GLUCOSE IN WHOLE BLOOD Human Blood Glucose Results Canine Blood Glucose Results Feline Blood Glucose Results AlphaTRAK ® 2 Meter N/A Accurate when coded for dog Accurate when coded for cat Human Meter Accurate May underestimate glucose May underestimate glucose • Humans, dogs, and cats each have different makeups of blood; specifically, there are differences in the ratios of glucose in plasma and red blood cells. Dogs have 87.5% glucose in plasma, cats have 93%. Humans have only 58%. • To obtain accurate blood glucose readings in diabetic dogs or cats, a blood glucose meter SPECIFCIALLY calibrated for dogs and cats is required. • If a human meter is used for glucose measurement in dogs and cats, the meter assumes human glucose distribution in the blood sample to calculate the glucose levels. The results can be an underestimation of blood glucose concentrations and inaccurate readings. 3 • The AlphaTRAK Blood Glucose Monitoring System IS calibrated specifically for dogs and cats. 1 2 2 1. MacKay EM. The distribution of glucose in human blood (Scripps Metabolic Clinic). J Biological Chem. May 1932: 685-688. 2. Coldman MF, Good W. The distribution of sodium, potassium, and glucose in the blood of some mammals. Comp Biochem Physiol. April 1967; 21(1):201-206. 3. Data on file, Study Report No. 11-06-MC-D-CT-AT, Zoetis Inc. State the Solution HEARTGARD ® Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel) is proven effective to prevent heartworm disease and is made with real beef that dogs love. 9 Also, HEARTGARD Plus treats and controls 3 species of hookworms and 2 species of roundworms. Make Your Recommendation Ms. Jones, I believe giving Spot HEARTGARD ® Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel) will provide an important step for managing heartworm prevention. Do you have any questions? If engaging in an initial discussion, start with: Ms. Jones, we need to make sure Spot is protected from heartworm disease. Start an Effective Team to Pet Owner Conversation One mosquito is all it takes to transmit heartworms to your dog. Heartworm larvae are transmitted by infected mosquitoes. When the infected mosquito bites, the larvae pass through the tissue into the bloodstream.

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