Cat’s glucose levels successfully monitored using Bluetooth technology

A pet cat is now in diabetic remission after her glucose levels were successfully tracked by a glucose monitor fitted by veterinary specialists at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies’ Hospital for Small Animals.

Shadow, a 10-year-old black domestic short-hair cat, developed diabetes due to her severe pancreatitis. After treatment by the hospital’s internal medicine service, the cat is on track to make a full recovery.

Emergency referral

Shadow was referred to the hospital as an emergency and presented in considerable distress with free fluid in her chest and abdomen.

The hospital’s emergency and critical care team quickly stabilized her, and diagnosed severe pancreatitis and vasculitis. Sadly, due to her pancreatitis, she also developed diabetes.

Bluetooth reader

As well as treating her pancreatitis and vasculitis, Shadow’s diabetes needed to be closely monitored. After consulting with her owners and local vets, the internal medicine team fitted her with a permanent glucose-monitoring device (FreeStyle Libre).

This allowed Shadow’s owners to take her home and measure her glucose levels on their phone through a Bluetooth reader, and enabled more accurate adaptation of insulin dosages by the Internal medicine team according to changing requirements.

Excellent prognosis

Three months after being referred to the hospital, Shadow’s pancreatitis has now subsided and she is in diabetic remission, with no more insulin requirements.

Her free fluid is gone and she is no longer on diabetic diet. Shadow continues to recover at home and her glucose monitor has now been removed.


Silke Salavati, senior lecturer in small animal internal medicine, said: “These modern glucose monitors are invaluable when tracking an individual pet’s glucose levels in real time. It can be done by the owner at home with minimal stress to the patient.

“The detailed information they provide vets has vastly improved how we can monitor diabetic animals and treat them accurately with insulin. These devices increase the chances of cats successfully achieving diabetic remission and we are delighted that Shadow is doing so well. ”


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