A Dried Blood Spot mail-in A1C (glycohemoglobin) test for canines and felines. Sold in 5 packs with everything you need to do the test. Including, prepaid postage on the 5 return envelopes. Purchase of the 5 pack also includes test results emailed, faxed or mailed via USPS depending on your preference.

How it Works:

  • STEP 1: Fill out the Test Request Form (TRF).
  • STEP 2: Fill at least two circles completely with blood.
  • STEP 3: Once blood is dry, mail the test using the supplied pre-paid business reply envelope – typical delivery time is 3-5 business days.
  • Tests may also be expedited via a third party shipping service (at veterinary’s expense).
Suggested Pet Owner Pricing
$500.00 / Test
Veterinary use only - For pricing contact your preferred distributor

A1CARE (A1C) Test Results

Samples are tested Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EST). Results are emailed or faxed to the contact information that was listed on the test form. For questions related to the status of a result, please email the code located on the bottom of the test to TRF@baycomdiagnostics.com

About A1C (glycohemoglobin)

  • Many pets have clinical and subclinical/transitional diabetes only identified by A1C. It is also called glycated hemoglobin or glycohemoglobin. 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 universal reaction occurs 24 hours a day 7 days a week in mammals and is the foundation for why A1C is an accurate and reliable test from people to mice and including cats and dogs. Since hemoglobins life span in felines is 70 days. You get a very accurate average glucose levels for this time due to the predictable and repeatable process of glycation. The same is true for canines. Except their red blood cells (hemoglobin) life span is 110 days giving an average glucose level via glycation (A1C) for this time period.
  • Yes, A1C has always been in cats and dogs. If you go to www.catA1C.com and www.dogA1C.com you will find dozens of peer reviewed papers on A1C in cats and dogs over the last 20+ years. Prior to the development of A1CARE, A1C was an expensive and time consuming test available for cats and dogs only through a few universities.
  • After 10 years of research, Baycom developed a cost effective way to bring the “Gold Standard” test to the veterinary market for the same price or cheaper than Fructosamine. Give us a call or contact your distributor to learn more or purchase a 5 pack of tests.

Feline Diabetes and A1C

  • Stress hyperglycemia can lead to false diagnosis especially in cats. A1C testing is not affected by it, giving the veterinarian a high degree of confidence in their diagnosis and management protocol for their feline patients.
  • Cats get diabetes because of a loss in function of the beta cells resulting in insulin resistance, islet amyloidosis or chronic lymphoplasmacytic pancreatitis. Remarkably, they can go into and out of a diabetic state. it is important to test felines once a quarter to confidently know their average glucose levels via A1C for the last 70 days.
  • Anemic cats are more susceptible to false negatives from traditional available veterinary diabetes tests. A1C is not and is a great test to help manage these animals.

Canine Diabetes and A1C

  • Dogs have a rapid and progressive onset of diabetes when they get it. Early detection with A1CARE (A1C) can make a dramatic difference in the quality of the animals life and in the pet owners ability to care for it.
  • Intact females may be transiently diabetic due to the insulin resistance effects of the diestrus phase.Using A1C testing will give you the confidence to monitor and treat this transient phase’
  • Many breeds of dogs are genetically susceptible to diabetes and should be tested regularly with A1CARE. These include but are not limited to: Australian Terriers, Beagles, Samoyeds, Keeshonden.

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What Others Are Saying

“I am in Sweden, and a reliable A1C for cats would be welcome. We use the fructosamine 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 mainstream 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.”WCTV.TV

“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.


Gus Ray

President & CEO

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

Cesar Rodriguez

Research Advisor

A member of the research faculty in the Biomedical Sciences Department at the Florida State University College of Medicine. Cesar’s focus is in cell engineering and cell-based diagnostics and therapeutics.

Michael Audie

Dog Whisperer

Brian Washburn

Lab Manager, Molecular Cloning Facility and Hybridoma Lab at Florida State University

Mark Skovera

Project Coordinator



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.


DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE, AT FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY, Hybridoma Core Facility. Expertise and equipment include: Analytical and Molecular Analytical Laboratory, DNA Sequencing Laboratory, Hybridoma Laboratory, Molecular Cloning and Laboratory Protein Expression Facility.


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 runs every sample 4x and performs its analyses on clinical analyzers. If the CV is higher than 5% the sample is re-run. 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.
Commonly caused by 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 Felines. It is not impacted by stress hyperglycemia or most drugs.
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 35 to give an average of 300 to 350 glucose reading for the last 70 days for that animal.


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