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
Wow this app is fantastic!!!
It took a while to completely understand all the information it needs as I am a complete novice to the diabetes world as my dog has only recently been diagnosed. It really helps when I needed to monitor my dogs curve and you can forward the info to your vet instantly, which I have been doing on a daily basis at ease which my vet loves. The app really gives me the information I need to help my dog to be comfortable and at her happiest.
Excellent tool to manage your pet with diabetes.
Essential app to monitor a pet's diabetes
I really love this app (iPhone version). It has everything I need to help me with managing my cat's diabetes. I wanted it primarily to be able to record blood glucose levels and view the blood glucose curve to send to my vet. I've been using a human diabetic app which works well for recording blood glucose and giving me a curve but it had no other use.
With this app from the Royal Veterinary College I can also monitor my cat's weight, general health, medication and food so that I feel more in control of my cat's health. The only thing it doesn't do is provide someone to give the injections if I want an evening out!
The app allows you to send a full report in PDF with a friendly first page all about your pet including a photo! So if if I record blood glucose or weight or my cat's general disposition it will appear on the report which is what my vet wants to see. It doesn't show the blood glucose graph on the report but I don't expect the vet needs a graph as well to see what's going on.
One glitch - the report states my cat is male even though I selected and saved female.
This is the first time that I have used the app and it has been a bit of a learning curve particularly as I'm not someone who reads instructions. My biggest problem was entering information in the wrong place or duplicating it in the wrong place but when I looked on the RVC's Facebook page I found there was a way to delete my errors. Now I know what to do it will be a piece of cake to enter the information into the app.
So now I am left with just one request which would make this app perfect. Could you add a reminder for taking blood glucose readings throughout one day? I can see you have a reminder for giving medication every day but nothing for blood glucose readings.
I strongly recommend this app for any cat or dog owner whose pet has diabetes and they want to play an active part in the control of their pet's diabetes.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.