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Posted by Gex-anon on November 08, 2002 at 09:56:58:
In Reply to: Bill please read..... posted by mikecoscia on November 07, 2002 at 19:33:24:
Well, not knowing whatever this "feud" between the two of you is, I just have to say that this is a very valuable discussion that should be kept on the forum. I have not seen any kind of attacks or one person trying to get the leg up on the other, you're both debating your opinions. Both of you are making very valid points in your arguments and giving everyone reading this thread a good bit to think about. I will make the same comment I made regarding our disagreement about substrate: What learning potential does it have for the herp community at large if you guys keep it between yourselves? The newbie who has a constipated crested cannot go read your personal correspondences, no?
Sorry, went off on a tangent, I do that sometimes. heheh Anyway, as far as the pros and cons of using mineral oil on impacted herps: If used in moderation there should be no major problems, if any. I myself have used mineral oil in severe cases of impaction in snakes and geckos and have seen no adverse affects. Of course you shouldn't be pouring mineral oil down them on a regular basis, but using moderation and simple common sense I feel it can be safely used on herps. Of course there are controversies surrounding it's use. There are also controversies on whether or not eggs are good/bad for us and whether or not people should squat when they poop as opposed to sitting. Controversy surrounds everything, but individual personal judgement based on all of the different arguments will make the right decision.
But for ANOTHER argument's sake, I have also used small amounts of corn oil and vegetable oil on impacted herps and had fairly positive results. So food for thought...