Although I do miss the container of strips at times, I have gotten used to these and I do like that they last longer. Getting the foil package open took some getting used to but isn't an issue now. I love that they need such a tiny drop of blood. I'm really happy I chose the Pet Test meter over other options and I recommend it to every diabetic dog owner I talk to. These strips are nice and flat when transporting, which is another plus. The Advocate customer services is phenomenal. Amazing company and great products. They always offer discounts which is a huge help too.