Constipation

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TurtleMama
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Help - I\'m going out of town in two days and my turtles are constipated. I gave them green peas today but no luck. While I\'m gone they will only get turtle food from the pet sitter instead of the variety they get when I\'m home. Ideas?
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how long r u gonna stay away? in fact i don\'t know if turtles eat green peas???

if u have a good setup maybe u can consider getting some guppies and putting them in there..maybe ur guys will find it more interesting to chase them and eat them when caught..

if ur leaving for a week or so then ur turtles will be fine..keep us posted:)
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I\'m going to be away for three weeks so I need the pet sitter + I have cats! I have given my turtles peas in the past when they were constipated with good results but not this time. What can you suggest? I swear they are just like children, when you don\'t have time for them - they demand attention.
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Read this quote from: http://www.turtlecare.net/const.htm


Constipation
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Feeding a diet that is inappropriate for the species can
cause constipation, as for example feeding a diet that
is too high in protein, low in fiber and other roughage,
and foods that are too refined.

If the constipation is recent (measured in days), you
can try and remedy it by changing the diet. Review the
diet of your turtle and make sure it is the recommended
diet for the species you have. Adjust the diet and see
whether there is improvement.

Dehydration can cause constipation in box turtles.
Soak your box turtle daily for 1/2 hour in lukewarm
water in a shallow container (about 1/3 shell height).
Once the problem resolves, soak weekly. Review housing
for the box turtle and make sure there is access to
soaking water at all times in a setting where the turtle
uses it, and adjust the humidity of the substrate and
environment if nesseary (see box turtle care information).

You can also try to dip some piecs of food into mineral
oil and feed it to the turtle. It is also OK to give
small amounts of milk of magnesia. This can be given
by soaking the turtle in water to which a good swig of
milk of magnesia has been added. Do not feed anything
else if you do this. Do not repeat if unsuccessful.
If you are not comfortable or don\'t
know what I am talking about, don\'t do this.

Constipation can also be caused by ingested rocks,
intestinal obstructions of several kinds, intestinal
torsion (the intestines in turtles are not attached like
human intestines, so rolling the around can twist around
the intestines), egg binding, bladder stones, and tumors.

If changing the diet does not resolve the constipation
within a day or two, the animal must be examined by a
veterinarian. Exams can include X-Rays and fecal exams.
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ok try rubbing their \"thing\" with a warm wet towel or something..do it gently it has to work..

lol i like ur quote \"I swear they are just like children, when you don\'t have time for them - they demand attention.\" that is very true!! i agree

keep us posted
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