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Posted by kashmirtiger on April 07, 2003 at 13:52:57:
In Reply to: Re: Worried (Am I Being Paranoid) posted by FroggieB on April 07, 2003 at 11:31:02:
Thanks Marcia, I feel a bit better. He's still pretty immobile but I think he's just being lazy. The fact that he fights me when it comes time to soak in the tub of warm water is also encouraging. It's been my experience with any animal that when they are really sick they don't fight you on anything. I'm pretty sure that he's not dehydrated but remind me how I can tell if he is.
I'll keep you posted. As you've probably guessed I'm keeping a pretty close eye on him lately.
:It seems to me that MHDs may not poo dailey as one would expect. Also, they frequently find a hiding place under a plant or branch where they do their duty. If he isn't dehydrated and his color is good I wouldn't worry too much. I would switch to crix for a while if he is turning down the standard feeders. Sometimes they don't feel like eating and sometimes the just want something new to eat. Sounds to me he's not in any danger and if your vet didn't feel a blockage then I wouldn't worry.
:Most of the cases where an MHD has died of impaction there has been a lot more involved, like having been gravid, being ill with something else, or being a WC that isn't established yet. I realize that Cyndi lost Bob who what captive hatched but when an entire clutch fails I lean a little more to the possibility of the mother having been in too poor of health and the babies being weak as a result. Too many unknowns and too many factors involved.