Diabetes Pet Manager is a medical iPhone app. It is a new app designed for meeting the specificities of diabetes home monitoring and care. It is one of the very few veterinary apps intended for the care of a chronic disease.
Like humans, cats and dogs may have diabetes. If well treated, they can live a long and happy life. Diabetes is a chronic disease: diabetic pets have to be treated for their lifetime. The treatment consists of a very strict protocol including daily insulin injections and a specific diet, both given at very precise times of the day. The goal of treatment is to suppress or relieve symptoms, as well as to avoid the onset of complications.
More than for any other chronic disease in dogs and cats diabetes requires a very active participation of the owner. The vet usually asks the owner to monitor and note weight changes, any issue with the pet’s feeding habits, symptoms, and to measure blood glucose levels. These data should be made available to the vet for the next consultation so that he/she can assess the pet’s condition and the treatment efficacy.
REMINDS OF INSULIN INJECTIONS AND MEALTIMES
The vet usually ask the owner to inject insulin to his/her pet and to provide its meals at precise times of the day. Accuracy is crucial to the success of the therapy. Diabetes Pet Manager app can be programmed to notify the owner at these exact times.
- Program insulin injection times: 1 to 2 times a day
- Program feeding times: 1 to 6 times a day
RECORDS BLOOD GLUCOSE CURVE (BGC)
The Blood Glucose Curve is the best way to assess the response of the dog or cat to the treatment and to determine the needed therapy adjustments. The Blood Glucose Curve test consists of measuring the evolution of blood glucose concentration over a 12-hour period. Diabetes Pet Manager app guides the ownerover the whole process of producing the Blood Glucose Curve:
- Program times interval between 2 consecutive blood takings (1,2 or 3 hours)
- Choose blood glucose unit: mg/dL (range 0-500), mmol/L (range 0-30), or g/L (range 0-5)
- Get reminded of each sampling time by the app
- Record data (times of the blood samples & blood glucose values).
- View the Blood Glucose Curve in the “Reporting section”
- Receive a monthly reminder to perform a Blood Glucose Curve
MONITORS REAL FOOD INTAKE
Diabetes Pet manager iPhone application gives the opportunity to note and record daily the food leftovers for each meal:
- Estimate and record the amount of food leftovers of each meal
- Watch the actual food intake curve in the “Reporting” section
WATCHES BODY WEIGHT
Diabetes Pet Manager iPhone app records the pet’s weight evolution and produces a curve for a 3-month period:
- Choose the unit (lbs or kg) for the pet weight in the “My Pet” tab of the “My Vet and Me” section (do it only once)
- Record your pet’s weight
- Watch the weight evolution curve in the “Reporting” section
- Receive a weekly reminder to weigh your dog or cat
HELPS WATCH OUT FOR SYMPTOMS
There are two types of symptoms in pet diabetes.
Symptoms of hyperglycemia (too much glucose in the blood) indicate that the pet’s diabetes is not controlled well enough. Symptoms of hypoglycemia (not enough glucose in the blood) indicate that the injected insulin is acting too strongly or that the pet is not eating enough (or both).
Diabetes Pet Manager allows you to note and record daily your pet’s symptoms and differentiate between hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic symptoms:
- Select and record the symptoms your pet has experienced during the day. They are presented in a list that distinguishes between hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic symptoms
- Receive a special warning for hypoglycemic symptoms
ALERTS YOUR VETERINARY SURGEON OR VETERINARY EMERGENCY SERVICE
Diabetes pet manager iPhone application gives you access to the information you have previously entered: phone, email and address of your vet and of a veterinary emergency service (if different) so that you can contact them directly from the app.
The app can also send directly an email of the report including all the information you have recorded to you or your vet. It is especially interesting for archiving purposes or for preparing the next veterinary consultation