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Longest time without pooping??

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:24 pm
by StaceysBuddy
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What's the longest a beardie can go without pooping?

I'm getting VERY worried about Buddy.. He still looks healthy. I've posted a bunch of topics already. So I won't get into details (unless asked).
I'm just wondering, what's the longest anyone has experienced a beardie not pooping?

And any MORE ideas on getting a beardie to poop?

TRIED:
-Warm baths/soaks
-mineral/vegetable oil
-rubbing his belly

Going to try baby prune food... and applesauce.

Re: Longest time without pooping??

PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:10 am
by TheDragonKeepers
Like people, every dragon is different.
My Jam poops every day after lunch without fail. Tsammy usually poops only on a Sunday morning (go figure). Sandy goes after 20 mins in the bath OR if she's been allowed to run around in the kitchen (tiled floor) and Mocha can wait up to a couple of weeks if she's having a really lazy time of it - normally she tends to eat very little, sleep a lot, and then go through a mad burst of eating/doing/pooping.

You're doing all the right things AND mixing up the diet - but I will ask, what temps are your tank at, what UV, and how long since last poop?

Don't forget - what goes in, slightly less comes out.

Re: Longest time without pooping??

PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:47 am
by joesaldivar
Rocky's pooping habits change with the seasons. Since the weather has turned warmer he poops a couple of times a week. However, I've seen him go two weeks without pooping in the winter. I've had to resort to the warm baths before and it always works. I have to usually leave him in there at least 10 minutes. He hates it!

Re: Longest time without pooping??

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:37 am
by StaceysBuddy
Temps- 83 on cool 95 on warm, basking spot is 102 (Just did a thermo gun reading)
I got a Reptisun 10.0 and just bought it a month a go (if that, I thought that might be the reason)

I know its been over 2 weeks. But he's barely eating anything. I've gotten him to eat in the last couple weeks, a couple cucumbers, superworms, clilantro, and started on applesauce and babyfood.
And when I list all that, I mean very little of it. I've given him baths constantly, if not daily (I work so I can't more than once a day).
I live in the Phoenix area and the vets I've called need $70 just to be seen without any xrays or additional work. And I don't have that kind of money right now. But I really don't want Buddy to suffer because of that.

IDK if it helps but I did "force" Buddy out of brumation. He was in it since November (maybe earlier)... and about the end of February I bumped up his temps and took out his hideaway. He still seems relatively active. When i take him out he runs around, I've taken him outside a couple times, and he's basking. Just the other day he had his mouth open while basking so I figure it's getting hot enough. But he does sleep alot.. most the time he's laying under a log in his tank until i pester him.

Re: Longest time without pooping??

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:50 am
by Nibbles
My vet told me to try canned pumpkin. It's too soon to tell if it will work. He did seem to enjoy it. He had it all over his face lol

Re: Longest time without pooping??

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:58 am
by StaceysBuddy
Thanks, ill try anything to get him to poop!

Re: Longest time without pooping??

PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:47 am
by Nibbles
Any luck yet?

Re: Longest time without pooping??

PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:09 pm
by StaceysBuddy
No. I gave him more applesauce and a 30min+ bath while rubbing his belly. I just want him to be normal already. He's still snuggling with me, roaming around, and everytime I look in his tank he's in a different spot unless he's sleeping.
He's normal besides not eating or pooping. =[

He doesn't look skinny, and I didn't feel anything on his belly like lumps. He's usually his bright normal color-self... You almost wouldn't even know he was "sick" or whatever.

I'm just stressed and will be much happier when I figure this out and he poops!!

Re: Longest time without pooping??

PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:07 am
by Nibbles
Will he swim in his bath? Chomper finally went, but it took a loooong belly massage, oil, and then the poop came as soon as he freaked out in the bath and started swimming really fast.

Re: Longest time without pooping??

PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:07 am
by StaceysBuddy
Yeah I always make him swim. He hates baths so I feel like I'm torturing him. Before he would always go in the bath after he swam for a bit. I've been rubbing his belly but I don't know if I have been doing it right, read that I gotta go more to the right I guess. I'm going to try to today after work.

Re: Longest time without pooping??

PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:16 am
by TheDragonKeepers
If he's not losing weight, I wouldn't worry too much. Some of my dragons do the same thing for a few weeks - Mocha particularly. Vet says there's nothing wrong with her but it's always a good idea to check with yours if you're in any doubt.

Mox is just parking herself down, not doing much, not eating much. I've turned up her temps and keep hoiking her out - to no end. She pretends to be awake for 20 mins, then skulks back off to bed. She's maintaining a good, steady weight however.

Re: Longest time without pooping??

PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:17 pm
by StaceysBuddy
I can't help but worry. He was on the regular schedule til I moved.. and the past few months have been so odd. I just want the routine back to how it was.. well at least the bowl movements a little closer together, a month is freaking me out.

But it does help to know that I may just be over paranoid.

Re: Longest time without pooping??

PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:42 pm
by StaceysBuddy
It's good, Buddy pooped!!
Yay!!

Thanks for all the help! I gave him prune food/calcium/oil mixture then a warmer bath and he pooped finally!!

Re: Longest time without pooping??

PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:13 am
by bonnie
boy do i know how u feel! i got Rocky friday, after he didn't poop for 24 hours, i called the prior owner who told me he went b4 he brought him to me. fine. but now it's monday and he STILL hasn't gone. eats like a little pig, so no idea where he is putting it. i've been told try a warm bath, but getting him out of the tank is another story. he isn't used to me yet and the 2 times i did manage to get him out he was all hissy fit. this is enuff to drive ya nuts! he is acting fine, eating fine. i did coat his veggies in oil today and he ate most of them, so HOPEFULLY it will loosen him up. i can't believe yours didn't go for a MONTH?? omg i'll have gray hair by then lol

Re: Longest time without pooping??

PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:05 am
by Nibbles
StaceysBuddy wrote:It's good, Buddy pooped!!
Yay!!

Thanks for all the help! I gave him prune food/calcium/oil mixture then a warmer bath and he pooped finally!!


Whew! Hopefully his schedule returns to normal now.