Veterinary A1c testing
for Canines and Felines
the “gold standard” in
diabetes diagnosis and

Buy A1Care

A1Care is a A1c (glycohemoglobin) test for canines and felines.

How it Works

Per Test
  • STEP 1: Fill out the Test Request Form. (TRF)
  • STEP 2: Fill at least 2 circles completely with blood.
  • STEP 3: Dry the blood spots before mailing.


A1c Lab Test Results

Test Results are mailed, emailed and available by entering in your code below located on the TRF retained for your records.

About A1c

  • Many pets have clinical and subclinical diabetes only identified by A1c also called glycated hemoglobin. Glycation is a non-enzymatic reaction between the carbonyl group and the N – terminal of lysine amino acid this process leads to a Amadori compounds which undergo a series of oxidation, dehydration and fragmentation reactions which generates advanced glycation end products. This is a universal reaction in mammals and is the foundation for why A1c is an accurate and reliable test from people to mice and including cats and dogs.
  • Obesity often leads to diabetes and A1c is the ideal test for overweight canines and felines. In addition, glucose seepage occurs into the urine when it reaches 200mg/dl in dogs and 250 in cats another indication of pre-diabetes.
  • Steroids and progestins can cause DM.

Feline Diabetes Facts

  • Stress hyperglycemia can lead to false diagnosis especially in cats.
  • Cats get diabetes because of a loss in function of the beta cells resulting in insulin resistance, islet amyloidosis or chronic lymphoplasmacytic pancreatitis.
  • Burmese cats are more susceptible.

Canine Diabetes Facts

  • Dogs have a rapid and progressive onset of diabetes when they get it.
  • Intact females may be transiently diabetic due to the insulin resistance effects of the diestrus phase.
  • Breeds of dogs genetically susceptible: Australian Terriers, Beagles, Samoyeds, Keeshonden.

What Others Are Saying

I am in Sweden, and a reliable A1c for cats would be welcome. We use the fructosamin as the long term parameter (2-3 weeks), twice a year. This is done at the large animal hospital in Gothenburg. It is good that you want to mainstrem it. - Ann Pettersson


Baycom Diagnostics, Inc. has developed a cost effective diagnostic kit for monitoring and testing feline and canine diabetes. Currently, veterinarians use hand held glucose meters to test cats and dogs for the potential of diabetes. These meters are a critical part of human diabetes management, yet often do not work well with small animals, are expensive and must be used several times a day. The company’s president says veterinarians could administer Baycom’s product in a simple, easy test once every 90 days to get an accurate measurement.
“Baycom Diagnostics, Inc. has developed a cost effective diagnostic kit for monitoring and testing feline and canine diabetes.”
“Testing for A1c in people has been the gold standard in diabetes testing for over a decade, and is the one test that gives doctors a 90-day report card on how the body has been managing its sugar levels,” says Gustav Ray, president and CEO of Baycom Diagnostics, Inc. “For the first time, Baycom Diagnostics is offering this same test for canines and felines in a simple, cost effective mail-in test. This will be a great diagnostic tool for veterinarians in their treatment and diagnosis of diabetes in cats and dogs.”
Mr. Ray said the company has operated in a virtual location to conserve costs and will use the grant dollars to establish a corporate office, finalize the product’s packaging and design, fund any legal fees, and conduct the necessary Beta testing of the product.

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Our Team


Gus Ray

President & CEO

Professional development

10 years of research in academics and commercial settings including cancer xenografting, molecular characterizations of borna disease and sequencing of of immunological genes.  MBA from Florida State University


Mark Skovera

Project Coordinator

specializes in the design, development, manufacturing and distribution of combination devices, drug delivery solutions, and finished single-use medical devices and components

FDA and cGMP

Marble Medical, Inc.


Bruce Truman

Chief Commercialization Officer

Bruce has over 25 years of experience in companion animal sales, marketing and startups with a specialization in the areas of emerging innovation and technology in veterinary medicine. After serving as part of the founding management team of both a successful parasiticide startup and an innovative SaaS company he is proud to join the Baycom team as we seek to expand awareness, adoption and use of A1Care as a standard of care for the veterinary profession.

Our Lab


Baycom's TRFs are produced at a cGMP compliant for class l medical devices and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient applications as required. In addition, it is ISO 9001:2001 certified as the base quality platform and all aspects of our quality process is monitored electronically through our custom-designed operating software system.


Frequently Asked Questions

No, the Test Request Form (TRF) is engineered to accept whole blood without heparin or any other anti-coagulant. However, if you do use heparin or a similar molecule it will not affect the test..
No, glucose (any sugar) does not affect the laboratory test we use. In addition, fasting has no effect on the results since we report the average glucose levels for the last 70 days for a feline and 110 days for a canine.
Yes you can dry the samples overnight. If they need to be stored for more than 24hrs prior to mailing place the dried blood samples at 4C for up to 2 weeks prior to mailing. We also have a international product that is stable for up to 30 days at room temperature if you have a need for this product call us or email us to discuss your needs.
Our A1c test requires two small drops of blood to be applied to the Test Request Form. You can add the drops right after checking your blood glucose so there is no additional “stick” and can be done anytime during the day (No FASTING necessary, really convenient). Once you let the Test Request Form dry , you MAIL the Test Request Form, with your dried blood spots, in the enclosed envelope back to us for testing. Results are available in less than 2 weeks.
Cataract formation and subsequent blindness are 2 of the major long-term complications for canine diabetes mellitus. The rate of cataract formation is directly related to the duration of hyperglycemia. Therefore a correct diagnosis and ongoing monitoring is imperative with diabetic canines.
Baycom Diagnostics’ A1c Laboratory performs its analyses on clinical analyzers. Although the Laboratory is not regulated under federal guidelines established by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) it adheres to their operating guidelines. In addition, the TRF’s are manufactured at a GMP/FDA certified facility.
Baycom Diagnostics makes every effort to comply with the privacy requirements regarding private pet health information. Results will only be reported to you and/or a animal pet owner that you approve. If you do not want the results sent to the animal pet owner DO NOT complete the Animal Owner’s Information Section but MAKE SURE YOU WRITE DOWN THE ANIMAL NAME IN THE TEAR OFF PORTION FOR YOUR RECORDS.
Cushing’s Disease: The answer loop ceases to function correctly for one regarding three reasons: Classic the signs of Cushing’s Disease tend to be frequent peeing, hair loss and weight gain, which is similar to that regarding Canine Diabetes mellitus with the exception of weight reduction rather than extra weight. Frequent peeing is a result of high cortisol levels due to pituitary gland enlargement.
The results could be skewed due to breed poularity but the following represents the breeds having been most commonly diagnosed by veterinarians with having diabetes.
Alaskan Malamute
Hungarian Puli
Golden Retriever
Miniature Pinscher
Mld English Sheepdog
Miniature schnauzer
Labrador Retriever
Springer Spaniel
Finnish Spitz
West Highland White Terrier
Cairn Terrier

There are several things than can cause a cat to be predisposed to developing diabetes:

Breed – Burmese cats have a genetic predisposition
Gender – males are twice as likely to develop diabetes as female cats
Age – cats over ten have a higher chance of contracting the disease
Other diseases – pancreatitis, hyperthyroidism, and Cushing’s disease all increase the risk

Our data and discussions with veterinarians suggest that it is about 25% which underlines the importance of doing a regular A1c Feline Test. Believed to effect 1 in 400 cats… The good news is that feline diabetes is treatable.
Yes, the A1c test will give you the last 70 days average glucose levels for the Feline. It is the the best test available for diagnosing diabetes.
Ear needs to be warm because the capillaries close up when cold. Especially in the winter try a wrung out warm wash cloth or try a clean nylon sock with rice tied up in the end which you can warm up in the microwave. MAKE SURE you test it on your wrist to ensure its not too HOT for the felines ear… WHAT a huge difference it makes to have a warm ear.
In general, you can multiply your A1c result by 30 to get the average glucose number.  For example, if the A1c result is 10 for the feline, multiply by 30 to give an average of 300 glucose reading for the last 70 days for that animal.

Contact Information

baycom diagnostics


3472 Weems Road, #2, Tallahassee, FL 32317

Florida State University, Hybridoma Lab, Tallahassee, FL 32313

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