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    I got an ornate pacman frog a little over a month ago. He is in a 10 gal tank with coconut substrate and moss. He eats crickets, meal worms, and super worms. I feed him once very day and he eats about 3 or 4 crickets and a few worms each day. When he eats the insects, dirt will sometimes get in his mouth. Most of the time he gets it out but I am worried he swallows some when he eats and it has caused an impaction. Here are some pictures from today:

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    Default Re: Does my frog have an impaction?

    Just out of curiosity why do you suspect impaction? Have feeding habits changed? Is there a palpable mass or hardness in the abdomen? I’d advise you not to offer mealworms btw as they are high in chitin which can cause impaction.

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    One side appears to be a bit larger than the other and it looks like a lump. I read that impactions are pretty common among Pac-Man frogs but I haven't had him very long and am not sure if that's what it is. Also, I will not feed him mealworms anymore. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by autumn94 View Post
    One side appears to be a bit larger than the other and it looks like a lump. I read that impactions are pretty common among Pac-Man frogs but I haven't had him very long and am not sure if that's what it is. Also, I will not feed him mealworms anymore. Thank you!
    I had a similar issue recently with my fire belly's. I called a specialist in my area and they basically wanted me to wait 3 days for an appointment. Someone on reddit saved me by telling me to soak him in clean room temp water and see if he'll pass it. Lucky for me after doing that for a while he was looking better. Maybe try that and if it doesn't work try to get to a specialist. My frogs impaction was caused by eating a cricket that was too big for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warfusion View Post
    I had a similar issue recently with my fire belly's. I called a specialist in my area and they basically wanted me to wait 3 days for an appointment. Someone on reddit saved me by telling me to soak him in clean room temp water and see if he'll pass it. Lucky for me after doing that for a while he was looking better. Maybe try that and if it doesn't work try to get to a specialist. My frogs impaction was caused by eating a cricket that was too big for him.
    Thank you! I will definitely try that

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    This page should help with impaction n all that.
    http://www.frogforum.net/showthread....impaction+cure

    “The honey bath is used to treat mild constipation and impaction in frogs. Also used to reduce swelling of the cloaca and intestines during a prolapse. Honey also has natural antibacterial, antifungal, and antiallergen properties that are beneficial. It also provided a energy boost when the frog is lethargic. The honey bath will not cure really severe blockages caused by large rocks, wood chips, chunks of back (**bark) and anything else that is not digestible and too large to pass. For anything of that nature a vet is needed.”

    The amounts are given on another article on this forum.
    http://www.frogforum.net/showthread....impaction+cure

    ”One drop (of honey) per 4 ounces of water”

    I hope everything goes well

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    Default Re: Does my frog have an impaction?

    Oh I forgot, I also hear you’ve got moss in there? From my experience (which albeit isn’t really much) I’ve seen moss cause impaction in a pacman frog at Petco. Idk if it’s just a specific kind of moss that’s different but I usually hear that moss isn’t good for Pac-Man frogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PacmanFrog707 View Post
    Oh I forgot, I also hear you’ve got moss in there? From my experience (which albeit isn’t really much) I’ve seen moss cause impaction in a pacman frog at Petco. Idk if it’s just a specific kind of moss that’s different but I usually hear that moss isn’t good for Pac-Man frogs.
    I use moss to help keep moisture in there to keep the humidity up. I have started putting him in a small dish in his terrarium so that when he eats he does not also eat some moss or coconut fiber

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