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'Human' tool monitors pets with diabetes

Veterinarians plant a continuous glucose monitor under the skin of a dog or cat to track the pet's blood sugar. (Veterinarians plant a continuous glucose monitor under the skin of a dog or cat to track the pet's blood sugar.)

April 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
More dogs and cats are being diagnosed with diabetes, and veterinarians are tapping into a tool they use on humans to help them.

The doctors implant the continuous glucose monitor under the skin to track a pet's blood sugar.

When a pet owner has the information, he can regulate his animal's meals and exercise to keep his blood sugar at the best level.

If a pet's high blood sugar is not treated, the condition can cause blindness and kidney failure.