Take the Hydration Quiz!

by Veterinary Practice News Editors | October 19, 2016 11:31 am

How do you know if your patient is overhydrated?


  1. We all know about to assess a dehydrated patient. But just to be safe, name at least 5 ways to do it.
  2. Now please name at least 5 ways to assess an overhydrated patient.
  3. Describe at least 5 simple ways to prevent over- or under-hydration in hospitalized patients.

Check your answers on the next page, and let us know which ones you got right!


  1. Increased skin turgor, dry mucous membranes, enophthalmos (sunken eyes), prolonged CRT, increased urine specific gravity, high PCV/TS.
  2. Exophthalmos (protruding eyes), serous nasal discharge, chemosis (edema of the conjunctiva), pitting edema, moist lung sounds (pulmonary edema), tachypnea, coughing, low PCV/TS.
  3. Monitor body weight (at least once daily), perform a thorough physical exam (at least once daily), compare “ins” and “outs” (i.e. IV fluid volume vs. urine volume), measure the urine specific gravity, measure serial PCV/TS, measure central venous pressure

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