Message Number: YG1029 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Mike Janke
Date: 2001-03-10 07:13:00 UTC
Subject: Re: More on dehydration

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Bruce Williams, DVM" <williams@e...>
> Due to the relative inelasticity of ferret skin, I have always
> believed that the skin turgor test, which works very well in dogs
> cats, is not a good test for the lower ranges of dehydration in
> ferrets.

I've never liked the "pinch" test either as it left a lot open to
interpretation for us layman.

So let me ask you how you feel about the "gum" test. I feel the
ferret's gums. If they're moist and slippery, I assume good
hydration. If they are dry, dehydrated. I realize there's no
percentages with this test. The ferrer is either determined to be
dehydrated or not, so there's some room there too.