The carpal pad as an alternative sampling site for blood glucose testing in dogs
Article first published online: 12 NOV 2012
© 2012 British Small Animal Veterinary Association
Journal of Small Animal Practice
Volume 53, Issue 12, pages 684–686, December 2012
How to Cite
Borin-Crivellenti, S., Crivellenti, L. Z. and Tinucci-Costa, M. (2012), The carpal pad as an alternative sampling site for blood glucose testing in dogs. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 53: 684–686. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.2012.01299.x
- Issue published online: 23 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 12 NOV 2012
- Accepted: 29 July 2012
To investigate the feasibility and validity of sampling blood from the carpal pad in hospitalised healthy and diabetic dogs.
The carpal pad was compared to the ear as a sampling site in 60 dogs (30 healthy and 30 diabetic dogs).
Lancing the pads was very well tolerated. The average glucose concentrations in blood samples obtained from the ears and carpal pads exhibited a strong positive correlation (r = 0·938) and there were no significant differences between them (P = 0·914). In addition, 98·3% of the values obtained were clinically acceptable when assessed by the error grid analysis.
The carpal pad is a good alternative sampling site for home monitoring, especially in animals with a soft and/or light-coloured pad.