Associazione Italiana Veterinari Piccoli Animali
Affiliata WSAVA


Il glucometro portatile ad uso veterinario nel cane e nel gatto


Vitiello T., Ricci C., Scarpa P.
Dipartimento di Scienze Cliniche Veterinarie
Università degli Studi di Milano


Portable devices for rapid determination of blood glucose using capillary blood (glucometers) are the indispensable means of monitoring blood glucose at home. These devices are economic instruments, specific and easy to use. They allow glucose measurement in whole blood, usually from a drop of capillary blood obtained by pricking with a lancet.
Despite continuing improvements in sensitivity and specificity of glucometers commercially available and their widespread use in practice, it is often ignored that there are still pathological, clinical, metabolic and pharmacological conditions that can interfere with an accurate assessment of blood glucose levels.
Glucometers for clinical human have some limitations when used in dogs and cats: they could underestimate hyperglycemic samples and and overestimate hypoglycemic samples.
In Italy has recently been introduced a new blood glucometer for veterinary purposes only. The aim of this study was to assess the reliability of the veterinary glucometer g-Pet (Woodley Equipment Company LTD) in dogs and cats for home monitoring and medical use.


glucometer, interferences, dog, cat


Clinica medica