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Experience with bowel impactions???


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Posted by CyndiM on April 01, 2003 at 09:07:00:

Okay, this is ridiculous. Looks like I'm going to lose Bob, the last of my babies. I'm sure that he's impacted ... and since he's not the first, I was wondering if there could be any connection. When Sheila, my full-grown female, died of an impaction, I thought it was probably a rare and unusual situation. But then my babies started dropping mysteriously one by one (except for the ones who drowned, still don't know how that happened) until I had only one left. I thought that Bob would be okay, until recently I noticed him bloating, and there's a lack of feces in the tank. He's got a hard lump in his belly. Poor little thing, he's only 5 months old ...

So here's my question ... does this result from something I've done? Sheila and Bob are the only ones I can say definitely have been impacted. Sheila ate nightcrawlers, Bob eats mealworms. Other than that, I would say that the living conditions are very similar. Have had a lot of trouble maintaining humidity, but otherwise, the habitat is fairly comfortable for them. Could it be some sort of parasite or "disease" that causes this? I have unfortunately accepted the fact that we'll lose Bob. Although he still looks pretty good, he is definitely uncomfortable. The stupid vet is so expensive that I can't consider taking him in ... he wanted over $300 to fix Sheila (after I had already spent close to $200 there on this problem), and with Bob being so young, I can't even imagine how much more it would cost. I have not contacted the vet about Bob.

I know there is nothing I can do at this point but sit back and wait for him to die. Darn! it makes me mad!! What could I have done to avoid this???


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