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Constipated?

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  1. mack_is_my_baby

    mack_is_my_baby New Member

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    My tortoise Mack hasn’t pooped in several days. He’s a Speke’s Hingeback. I don’t track his bowel movements (although I definitely should and will here on out), but I know he hasn’t gone in a while since I clean out his poo.
    Five days ago I have him a bath but he didn’t poop like he usually does, and he STILL HASNT GONE. He usually goes every four days or so, but it’s been about 6 or 7.
    Any advice? Should I take him to the vet, give him another bath in hopes he’ll go (since the water helps him poop), or wait a day before jumping to action?
    Also, there has been no recent changes in his diet or schedule


    For background info on diet and his enclosure:

    Diet: leafy greens such as collard greens, mustard greens, kale and romaine lettuce; sliced up carrots; occasional squash (every couple weeks)
    He also has a pinch daily of his daily calcium powder and a pinch a week of vitamins.
    He has water that he drinks when thirsty
    Enclosure: terrarium with large water trey (large enough for him to sit in comfortably), food trey, hide (which he loves to sleep in), heating pad and UV/heat lamp for a basking area, mulch-like substrate
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    I would cut back on the calcium to 2-3 times a week, not daily.
    I would for now, to help him poop, give him some watery foods, cucumber, lettuce, water melon, etc. and soak in a large area so he can move around a lot and keep him in it for about an hour unless he poops before then.
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  3. mack_is_my_baby

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    Thank you!
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    How's Mack doing? :tort:
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    I gave him an extra long soak last night and thank goodness: he pooped!
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    Thanks for the advice! I soaked him for a while and he pooped! Cleared out now and so glad.
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    Glad to hear it :D
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    I would start soaking him that same way for a while.
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    Definitely. Thank you!
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