Pets with diabetes can be treated very well resulting in a good quality of life. The best results are achieved when you as a pet owner record all things that are important indicators of success or failure. The diabetes management can be fine-tuned on the basis of these, avoiding complications associated with low and high blood sugars, as well as the costs associated with such complications.
This free app was designed by pet diabetes expert Dr Stijn Niessen of the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK. He designed the app for two main reasons:
1. To provide diabetic pet owners with a convenient free tool to actively participate in the medical management of their beloved pet;
2. To enable the gathering of strictly anonymous data on diabetic pets and their management. This enables diabetic pet owners to actively participate in research and help develop better treatment options for pets with diabetes.
The Diabetes Log feature of the app allows users to record, and easily share with their veterinarian, all those parameters that are essential to keep an eye on when it comes to pet diabetes management; they include: clinical signs like weight, appetite, thirst and urination changes, as well as urine and blood sugar values (for those owners who perform home blood or urine glucose testing).
The app also features the following:
• a medication reminder function
• a reminder to change the insulin injection sites (avoiding inflammation of areas too frequently used)
• a scientifically validated tool which calculates and monitors quality of life
• a scientifically validated tool to score your pet’s clinical signs
• a tool to calculate the number of calories your diabetic pet likely needs
• a tool to calculate the exact amount of food your diabetic pet likely needs
• plenty of space to enter and keep save useful information (e.g. contact details of your veterinarian, important medical history, questions for your veterinarian, etc.)
• visualisation of trends (using graphs), including changes in thirst, weight, fructosamine, average blood sugar values, urine ketones or sugar values, etc.
• links to useful pet diabetes videos
• an easy “export” function enabling the sharing of entered information and graphs with anyone interested, including your veterinarian.
So, take control of your pet’s diabetes and start logging entries into the Diabetes Log. This will maximise your chances to achieve the best possible result, together with your veterinarian. Life is complicated enough, let the Royal Veterinary College Pet Diabetes App be your personal assistant to take extra good care of your furry member of the family (and automatically help pet diabetes research along the way!).
Dr Stijn Niessen – Senior Lecturer – Royal Veterinary College –University of London – United Kingdom
This App was developed with the support of the Rumba Foundation - www.therumbafoundation.org.uk
Ratings and Reviews
Good, would be great. Please fix the bugs!
This is exactly what i need to monitor my newly diagnosed diabetic dog. Taking BG levels every 2-4 hours, making charts and graphs to send the vet was taking up half of my day. This is simple, initiative and does almost everything i need. But the calendar is wrong - day of the week and date doesn’t match up and if you good and need to delete an entry by swiping left and then X. It appears to delete the other entries. But if you start over, you’ll find duplicates when you save and then look at that day. I finally have the bugs figured out - for the most part- but they are annoying and I may look elsewhere. If this worked properly i wouldn’t mind at all anonymously sharing my pets data. Just a little work please to help those of us struggling to help our pets?
Calendar doesn’t work
I wish the devs would fix the date bug on this app! It’s very helpful for tracking my cat’s diabetes symptoms and medication otherwise — very thorough. If I had one more wish, it’s that the app allowed for a spreadsheet export rather than just a pdf.
Great but for the dates
It’s great for charting insulin levels. Only problem is the dates are wrong and I can’t see a way to change them. For example, the app is Sunday Nov 13, 2017. Also not sure if it’s defaulting to GMT vs EST.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.