# Thread: SHORTCUT METHOD OF FLUID CALCULATION

1. ## SHORTCUT METHOD OF FLUID CALCULATION

Use this shortcut method to re-hydrate baby squirrels upon intake, over a period of THREE DAYS. This has proven to be the most effective method for rehydration and success in saving a dehydrated animal's life.

DAY 1 - Give 3.3% of the baby squirrel's body weight, 3 times in the first 24 hours

Day 2 - Give 2.5% of the baby squirrel's body weight, 3 times per day

Day 3 - Give 2.5% of the baby squirrel's body weight, 3 times per day

Example for a 100gram baby:
Day 1 - 100g x .033 = 3.3ml x 3 = 9.9ml total/day
Days 2 and 3 - 100g x .025 = 2.5 ml x 3 = 7.5ml total/day

Original (Traditional) Method of Fluid Calculation

M = Maintenance fluids R = Replacement fluids

Replacement fluids are to be divided over 3 days.....
Day 1: 50%, Days 2 and 3: 25%

For a 100g baby squirrel:

R fluids = 10% of 100g = 10ml (divided over 3 days)
50% of 10ml = 5ml; 25% of 10ml = 2.5ml

M fluids = 5% of 100g = 5ml

Day 1: R 5ml + M 5ml = 10ml (divided into 3 times per day)
Day 2: R 2.5ml + M 5ml = 7.5ml (divided into 3 times per day)
Day 3:
R 2.5ml + M 5ml = 7.5ml (divided into 3 times per day) 2. ## 2 TSBers pass along the fuzzy thanks to island rehabber:

Jeltje (08-05-2020), Squirtles (05-01-2021)

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