Monitoring Canine Diabetes: Rust's Journey with FreeStyle Libre

Technology continues to evolve in pet healthcare, offering novel solutions for managing various conditions. One such innovation is the use of continuous glucose monitoring systems, not just for humans, but also for our animal companions. Meet Rust, a resilient Australian Cattle Dog who has been navigating life with diabetes for the past 18 months. His story sheds light on the transformative impact of the FreeStyle Libre for dogs.


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Rust being diagnosed with diabetes presented his owners with a new set of challenges. Traditional glucose monitoring methods proved inadequate, prompting a shift to the FreeStyle Libre system. This decision, facilitated by Cascade Hospital for Animals veterinarian Dr. Kyle Fuller, aimed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Rust's blood glucose levels throughout the day.

Unlike conventional methods that offer snapshots of glucose levels, FreeStyle Libre offers a continuous stream of data, empowering pet owners and veterinarians to make informed decisions regarding insulin dosage adjustments and overall diabetes management.

sensors1Dr. Fuller elaborates on Rust's case, highlighting the pivotal role the FreeStyle Libre system played in his treatment. "We were not having success regulating Rust using traditional glucose monitoring," she explains. "Switching to the FreeStyle Libre allowed us to safely increase his insulin dose to a level that was controlling his diabetes without the risk of over-correcting his blood glucose and causing hypoglycemia."

The application process for the FreeStyle Libre sensor involves shaving a small area of hair, cleaning the skin with alcohol, and applying the sensor using surgical glue. While generally well-tolerated, pets may attempt to remove the sensor. In Rust's case, his owners mitigate this risk by placing a protective t-shirt over the sensor, ensuring its longevity.

FreeStyle Libre dogMoreover, Rust's journey extends beyond the confines of his home. Recently, he embarked on a camping trip to the Canadian wilderness with his owners. This adventure posed potential challenges, given the remote location and limited access to veterinary care. However, equipped with the FreeStyle Libre system, Rust's owners could monitor his blood glucose levels closely.

During the camping trip, Rust's sensor alerted his owners to a dangerous drop in blood sugar levels, enabling them to intervene promptly. By skipping his next insulin dose and providing Rust with a small meal, they averted a potential medical crisis. Dr. Fuller emphasizes the significance of this incident, stating, "Without the information provided by his FreeStyle Libre, Rust could have had a medical crisis in an area that was very far away from any sort of veterinary care."

Rust's experience shows the importance of diabetes monitoring and treatment in pet healthcare. The FreeStyle Libre system not only enhances the quality of life for diabetic pets but also provides peace of mind for their owners. With its ability to offer real-time data and facilitate proactive interventions, it represents a significant advancement in the management of chronic conditions in animals.




As Rust continues his battle with diabetes, his experience offers encouragement to other pet owners confronting similar hurdles. FreeStyle Libre for dogs or cats may be the answer for your pet as well. Through teamwork and technological advancements, animals like Rust can enjoy fulfilling lives despite health challenges. 

For further details on diabetes testing, treatment, or monitoring for your cat or dog, please reach out to us. Our experienced veterinarians at Cascade Hospital of Animals and Breton Village Animal Hospital are here to guide you through the process, offering valuable support that can significantly improve your pet's quality of life. Whether you're located in Ada, Cascade, or anywhere else in the greater Grand Rapids area or beyond, you can rely on CHFA to care for your beloved furry companions.