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Is there a better way to monitor my pet's diabetes? Why, yes. Yes, there is!

Did you know one of Rolling Hills Pet Clinic’s vital goals is to partner with our clients to provide the best care for pets and help make it as affordable as possible?

Often the love pet parents have for pets and the desire to provide the best vet care for them, doesn’t always match up with what the pocket book can afford. This is especially the case with pets that are being treated for Diabetes.

According to a Hill’s Pet Nutrition study in 2009, a pet owner can expect to have annual vet bills for a newly diagnosed diabetic pet ranging between $387 to $2355 for a dog and between $531 to $4285 for cats.

This estimate includes only the supplies needed to treat the diabetes and tests to monitor how well the pet is maintaining on treatment, such as blood sugar curves or Fructosamine levels. Blood sugar curves only measure the blood sugar at that moment the blood was taken and can be affected by a pet experiencing stress, especially in cats. This can result in blood sugar curves that are difficult and labor intensive to maintain, which adds to the cost. According to recent scientific journals, the Fructosamine test only provides an average of 1–2 week period for blood sugar levels. It does not include vet care for the potential complications that require additional hospitalization or treatments.

2009 Annual Veterinary Costs Associated with Diabetes

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Now flash forward to 2017, where inflation still has touched everything including vet care and most pet parents still are having to budget for their pet’s vet care. Plus, the prevalence of diabetes is still on the rise in our pets too. It has been reported that the number of new diabetic dogs increased from 13.1 cases per 10,000 in 2006 to 23.6 cases per 10,000 in 2015—a 79.7 percent increase. And new diabetic cases in cats has jumped from 57.2 cases per 10,000 in 2006 to 67.6 cases per 10,000 in 2015.

Luckily, there is another option to help monitor these diabetic pets that gives veterinarians a better picture on how the pet really responding to treatment, it’s called the A1 Care Test.

For 30 years, this test has been the gold standard for the diagnosis and management of human diabetics. It is now available to veterinary medicine. A1 Care Test gives veterinarians up to 6 times more historical average blood sugar levels (70 days for cats and 110 days for dogs) than was previously available. The test shows how well diabetes has been controlled and whether the diabetes treatment plan needs to be altered. The A1 Care Test checks the amount of sugar bound to the hemoglobin in red blood cells.

We are happy to announce that Rolling Hills Pet Clinic offers the A1 Care Test, which helps to provide the gold standard of care for diabetic pets and give the veterinarians the most accurate representation of how your diabetic pet is maintaining on treatment from 10 weeks to almost 16 weeks. Ultimately, the test provides the longest time-period of blood sugar averages, which can help keep the cost of treating a diabetic down by reducing testing frequency and trips to the clinic for well controlled diabetic pets.

All that is needed, is a few drops of blood during an exam visit and it is then sent off to the lab. The results are back to us within 48 – 72 hours. The veterinarian will then determine if adjustments need to be made to the diabetic treatment plan or not.

Call 520.790.4178 today and learn more about this exciting new break through for diabetic pets and how the veterinarians can better help your diabetic pet!