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Table 5

Dehydration assessment

* Not all animals will exhibit all signs.
Dehydration Physical exam findings*
Euhydrated Euhydrated (normal)
Mild (w ~ 5%) Minimal loss of skin turgor, semidry mucous membranes, normal eye
Moderate (w ~ 8%) Moderate loss of skin turgor, dry mucous membranes, weak rapid pulses, enophthalmos
Severe (. > 10%) Considerable loss of skin turgor, severe enophthalmos, tachycardia, extremely dry mucous membranes, weak/thready pulses, hypotension, altered level of consciousness50