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Old 11-10-2017, 10:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've visited the vet because Hazel hasnt pooped a whole lot the past week. It used to be really messy and now it's small pellets. It's gotten down to hardly 1 poop pellet a night.
He did not feel any obstruction.
The vet said to try warm baths every night this week and pedialyte in the water to encourage drinking.

Monday looked amazing. I gave her a warm foot bath (which she hates) and she seemed to strain and pooped a really long poop, then a small one. I was so happy, hoping it was a good sign that she is constipated and this is gonna help her out.

I don't see a big difference in her poop since Monday. Its Friday evening, I gave her a warm bath. She strained to get a small poop out.

I don't think she is interested in the pedialyte water.
Does anyone have any suggestions to encourage drinking water?
Something to make it taste better to her?

She is eating perfectly fine. I believe water is the issue and would like to find more options to help her.
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Old 11-11-2017, 01:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What kind of water are you giving her? Is it just your normal tap water? It may be that something has changed in the water to change the taste & cause her to start drinking less. You could try changing to a bottled water & see if that makes a difference?

Also, what do you use for giving her water?
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Old 11-12-2017, 12:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I give her tap water, I change her water every day.
I use a bowl for her.
I had actually thought about getting bottle water yesterday, I'll be getting some today.
Last night I put some honey in her water to try to see if that would help. She gave it a couple of licks.
Before putting her back in her cage for the night, I ended up attempting to syringe the water. Because Friday night she did not poop or pee. Once she got some in her mouth, she took the syringe better.
She did pee and 1 poop last night.
I'll try bottle water tonight and take her back to the vet if there's no change. The vet said the next step is an xray to see if there's a blockage, but he said he didnt feel anything. Luckily she does really good at the vet, they never sedate her.
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Old 11-12-2017, 05:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If your hedge is constipated because of this try giving him some plain pumpkin as that helps clear them out
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Old 11-13-2017, 01:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have tried pumpkin. She is constipated. The vet had me try pedialyte in her water. I gave her warm foot baths all week, monday was the only day she let out a long poop.

Saturday I attempted syringing water to her. Got about 1 mL.
Tonight I got her to take about 2 mL but it was a tough. She bites the tip then drinks once she realizes its just water coming at her
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Old 11-13-2017, 01:15 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I syringe 2 mL of water tonight. Thoroughly cleaned her water bowl just in case there was something in there bothering her and using bottle water.

Hoping this works!
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Old 11-13-2017, 08:14 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have never been so happy for an animal to poop!
She pooped a lot last night! Glad water was an issue and nothing worse
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