IndyVet introduces new diabetic monitor technology to central Indiana pets

 IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital (IndyVet) is so far the only veterinary practice in the state of Indiana to adopt a cutting-edge technology called Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) as a more accurate way of collecting data on blood glucose levels in diabetic cats and dogs.

Doctors insert a tiny filament underneath the skin that’s less than 1/32 of an inch in thickness and about 3/4-inch long. It’s placed between the shoulder blades and attached to a quarter-size computerized device that is secured to the skin with a non-irritating adhesive, and then covered with a special garment to prevent any displacement. It’s worn for around three days to record how the patient responds to insulin.

“It gives us more data than we’ve ever received before…a little over 850 readings altogether – that’s a reading every five minutes!” said Dr. Speiser, owner of IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital. “This way, we receive a more accurate understanding of an animal’s glucose levels throughout the day, and can determine if we need to make adjustments to their insulin therapy.”

Dr. Speiser says that this method, which has been used as the standard of care in human medicine for many years, allows them to regulate insulin levels based on the animal’s activity at home. This way, the animal is in a comfortable environment where it can maintain its daily routine.

Whereas the standard alternate way of monitoring these levels involves collecting a blood sample from the patient every two hours for 12 hours during a hospital stay, resulting in retrieval of only six data points versus the 850+ readings with the more advanced technology.

With CGM, animals endure less stress than they might experience at a hospital. The blood draw and environmental stressors of the alternative could release adrenaline and increase glucose levels, which would then lead to inaccurate results.

“Diabetes is fairly common, and with nearly half of the pet population considered obese and on the rise, it will continue to be a problem as the two often go hand in hand,” Dr. Speiser said. “It’s important for pet owners to know that this tool is available so they can help manage this disease in the best way possible.”

If your cat or dog has been diagnosed with diabetes, and you’re interested in learning more about CGM, contact IndyVet’s Referral Coordinator Codi Baumgardner at referral@indyvet.com, or 317.782.4484.

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