1 Stars By Connie on 2015-01-26
Ever-Increasing Price :(
The rating is for the pricing, not the product. The product works great for its purpose, but the price keeps increasing, $50 (a dollar per strip) was bad enough, but now they are almost $60, I assume this is because they are a "necessity" for those ordering them (have to have some type of testing strip). I ordered the Alpha Trak 2 device for my dog at the recommendation of our vet. I notice the price of the device has gone down over time, while the price of the strips keeps goes up...the real money for the company is in the strips, as consumers must continually repurchase. Not that it will likely do any good, but this is just another voice stating that the price of this item needs to come down (along with other diabetic supplies), for the sake of the owners and pets alike. For the owners, the high priced supplies only adds stress to an already stressful situation, and for the pets...well, I'm sure there are plenty of diabetic pets who will suffer because their owners either can't afford or refuse to pay the high prices of the needed supplies. Also, charging so much for the strips may cause owners to check sugar levels less frequently than they should. For Abbott and re-sellers of these types of supplies, please have a heart and stop price gouging!
1 Stars By C.Dale on 2013-09-16
Abbot is ripping people off!
First off - The Meter itself is pretty awesome, especially if you get the data cable (Another ripoff i might add...just a USB cable but you need a special one that only Abbot makes) as you can trend and graph the data. It also takes VERY little blood to test.
HOWEVER - The Test Strips are like InkJet cartridges in that they make you pay through the nose for them...because they can.
TIP - YOU CAN USE THE FREESTYLE LITE TEST STRIPS WITH THIS METER AND THEY ARE HALF THE COST OF THE ALPHA TRAK STRIPS!
They are the SAME thing! "What about coding?" I hear you ask? I ordered both the Alpatrak and Freestyle strips and did side by side tests on the same blood sample on our Husky.. the first was 1 point off! 1!! That was using the coding on the AT bottle too, which was different from the FS bottle. Researching it's said that you can just use the default Dog code and they will work enough. Subsequent tests were still very close and all withing the same area +-. I think the highest discrepancy was about 30 points but I've tested with two AT strips and have seen the results be that much different so...
In short, get the meter if you want...but don't use the AT strips.
1 Stars By PattiB on 2015-11-29
TEST STRIP PRICE GOUGING !!!!!
I'm complaining about the increasing price of TEST STRIPS ! The product itself is fine but Abbott, and perhaps the sellers, ever increasing prices has to be price gouging at its best ! My cat is a brittle diabetic, requiring testing at LEAST three times a day....that amounts to 90 PLUS strips a month ! In addition to the required three times a day testing, there are occasions where the strips do not work properly for no apparent reason, other times when readings appear too high or low and another strip will have to be used for comparison, and the times when more than three tests a day are needed when she hits a low and has to be watched and treated.. NOT that Abbott or sellers care, but for a Senior citizen, or most anyone for that matter, caring for a diabetic pet is a huge financial hit that's becoming un-affordable. What are we supposed to do...let our pets die ???
5 Stars By joanne on 2014-04-17
Test strips do everything they say. They require very little blood but they are too expensive. If your regulating the insulin amount and testing two or more times a day get Free Style Lite Strips for way less money. They require very little blood, do the same function. Use meter on 7 or 36 for their use and get readings within one or two points.
1 Stars By NoGeeksPls on 2014-06-08
Highway Robbery but a necessary and Abbott knows it
Seriously- $1 a strip?
Abbott knows pet owners are trapped and they really have no way around it, and are forced to buy the test strips.
Currently I am testing my dog three times a day. Thats $90 a month in test strips. I do not doubt that
some folks are priced out of being able to test their dog. Even when I drop down to testing my dog twice a day that is
going to be $720 a year just for test strips.
Shame on Abbott
4 Stars By Meh on 2014-06-09
Not sure how to rate these. They get 5 stars for existing at all and supposedly being calibrated for our canines and our felines. They lose a star for the cost. Really? Really? $1 a strip?.
Tip: make sure the blood drop is a bubble. If the blood spills over, the strips just don't pick it up. However, if you get it just right, the meter will beep instantly. We wasted quite a few of these expensives strips and are already out after barely 2 weeks.
If you bought the alphatrak testing kit, you'll find the lancet is very poorly made. To make sure you get that blood drop, go to Walmart or CVS and invest a few more dollars in a lancet. We bought the CVS brand 26 gauge which is a little thicker. if you still have Abbott's crappy lancet, I found stuffing just a little bit of cotton down inside it held the lancet more firmly to finally penetrate her (we're using paw pads and that little dewlap dogs have on the backs of their legs) to get that elusive blood drop.
If, you don't think you are doing to get it, don't touch the blood. You'll get an error message. Better to pull out the stick, put it back in to reset the meter, and give your poor dog another stick.
1 Stars By californiakisses on 2017-10-17
Complete Price Gouging for a Bad Product
On to the price in a second...but I'd say about 10% of the batch will give me 'Error' readings and are completely unusable.
Abbott is price gouging people who are trying to do the best thing for their pets. The price for these strips is outrageous through all companies. I test my cat at LEAST 2x per day (which is standard) prior to her insulin shot and get a mid-cycle test somewhere in between those. 50 test strips (this doesn't account for the 10% unusable 'Error' strips), a minimum of three strips a day, lasts me for 16 days. I also take additional tests on weekends to do more of a curve so this lasts me less than 16 days. Take a look at Freestyle strips which a lot of people say are the same exact thing for much less. I really hope some company comes out with a less expensive pet meter and strips and just wipes Abbott out for doing things like this. Additionally, you can look at using a human meter as long as you understand the ranges are different. Check out the Feline Diabetes Message Board for more information on how to manage your cat's (I'm sure they'll point you in the right direction for a dog, as well) diabetes with a human glucometer. Relion is a very popular brand on that board and is used with very high success. You can also use the Freestyle Lite strips in place of these which look EXACTLY the same, are made by the same manufacturer, much cheaper, and they are supposed to be the exact same thing. Leave your AT2 meter on the most recent code used when the last AT2 strips were purchased, and start using the Freestyle Lite strips instead. I would suggest running side by side comparisons first to make sure they come back similar, mine did!
2 Stars By AP on 2015-03-16
Test strips will present an error if left in the reader for too long before taking a sample
Kinda disappointed with these test strips. If you place them into the reader too soon before adding the blood sample, you will get an error. This can present a difficult challenge because when trying to get blood from an animal, you want to have the test strip ready to go. Our dog is hard to get blood from, and sometimes it takes a little longer to get a large enough sample. We have to get the blood ready, then place the test strip into the reader (which means letting go of the dog if there's only one of us). It seems simple enough, but juggling all these things together can be a hassle. Whether the issue is with the test strips or the reader, I'm not sure. But they are both Alpha Track, and as far as I'm concerned, they should work well together. At $1 for each strip, it's literally throwing money away to have a test strip go bad.
1 Stars By Ana Pendragon on 2016-04-20
Truly Defective strips are not backed up by the manufacturer.
I recently switched from my human meter (Bayer Contour Next) to Alphatrak 2 because my vet said the numbers would be more accurate. There are a host of issues with the Alphatrak 2 which I think others should be made aware of:
1) The AT2 is very limited and the interface is also very limited. It does not have any flexibility for using it for referencing old number reads and you cannot scroll through the data very easily. You also cannot "mark" readings with additional info like meals, snack, etc.
2) The lowest beep tone for attaining a sample is very loud and stridently high pitched. If you don't quickly move it away from the cat's ear, the noise can be very disturbing as it's right next to the ear drum.
3) The readout does not have any back lighting and is difficult to read.
4) It requires coding.
5) Once you start the test, and insert the test strip, you have to wait several seconds for it to cycle through the turn on process and read out the code.
6) I have had several dead and non-responsive tests which have wasted strips. When I called the manufacturer, although they wanted the information and lot number, they were unwilling to replace the bad strips.
8) They are gouging on the price of the test strips. They are $1.20 per strip, and that is if you buy the biggest bottle of strips.
9) Unlike the Bayer meter, you cannot charge this with a wall adapter, as it is battery driven. I have been warned that the battery on these meters fails not to default/shut down, but to mis-reads or errors. It does not warn you that the battery is getting low. To me, that is pretty dangerous.
10) You cannot upload your data without buying a separate hook up component, which does not come with the start up kit.
11) Finally, AND MOST SERIOUSLY, I am beginning to suspect that the AlphaTrak reads higher than the actual glucose really is and this has led to extreme swings in my cat's glucose and insulin dosing. It has been a nightmare in this regard.
It is such a piece of poorly made equipment compared to the human meter I was used to, I am ready to switch back to the Bayer meter and will never buy anything from this company again.
Does anyone know how to correlate the numbers from a Bayer Contour Next meter for cat use? I would almost rather use my old human meter than deal with this awful product, but I don't now how to interpret the numbers from human grade readings.
1 Stars By Jl33NYC on 1969-12-31
Great Product but Disappointed On Price & Freestyle Strips an alternative?
I’m going to chime in on the same issue other reviewers have which is on price! Product is great but price is ridiculous. The human test strips version by Abbott the freestyle lite is only $30 on AlumiGogo. It’s the same strips but I believe the only differences is that the one for pets is individually batch tested for quality. Guess that gives them the right to jack up price... my Vet said the strips by FS is usable for the AT2 but might have a slight off number to calculate... so it’s advise to have both for proper comparison if one decide to go that route. I’m not one to play around w numbers when it comes to my cat’s health But otherwise would definitely consider just too save some extra bucks cause $50 a box is crazy.
UPDATE: For those wondering why Zoetis name is on the box of AT strips verses Abbott, is because the co. was officially bought out in 2015. Can just google it. Now going back to is Freestyle human strips usable with AT2 diabetic Pet reader. Well I recently had the change to test this out. I purchased FS strips for $28 on eBay. The code on it was 16. I made sure I had AT strips handy to compare the readings. I kept the cat code the same which was 37 on the reader. Anyways the FS reader was much higher. First test higher by 13 and the 2nd teat higher by 56. So there you have it. Though its the same strips the readings are way off so don't use it. Just continue to use the AT strips. Yeah it's a pain in the butt to spend $20 extra but what we going to do... better getting an accurate reading for your pet cause they are worth it.