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Basic Assessment
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Title
Introduction
Contents
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Body Condition
Body Shape
Posture
Fur & Feathers
Facial Expression
Skin
Mucous Membranes
Eyes
Ears
Nose
Mouth
Tail
Perineum
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Glossary
References
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Acknowledgements
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PURINA
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Glossary


Ascites
An accumulation of fluid in the abdomen.

Alopecia
Areas of hair loss.

Barbering
When the dominant mouse in a group chews the fur and/or whiskers off the more submissive mice.

Guard Hairs
The longest, most coarse hairs in a mammal's coat, forming the topcoat (or outer coat). Guard hairs add sheen to the coat of an animal.

Guard hairs become more clearly visible when the animal is stressed or in pain and are largely responsible for the "ruffled" appearance of an animals coat.

Piloerection
Involuntary erection or bristling of hairs.

Pruritus
Itching.

Starey coat
Piloerection of guard hairs.


  
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