ALTERNATIVE #2: Soaking in a Warm Shallow Pool of Blended Greens & Multi-Minerals Supplement
During most times when I'm soaking, my human never sees me actually drinking and yet I still manage to get water into my body. This is because water also enters thru my cloaca (butt) when I soak. Chop some of your sulcata's food such as hibiscus petals, dandelion petals, pumpkin or squash cubes (for vitamin A), mustard greens, kangkong -- chuck into a blender, add a pinch of your tort's "phosphorous-free rmulti-minerals supplement with calcium and vitamin D3", and add slightly warm water. Blend until smooth. Pour the warm soup onto your sulcata's bath tub (or whatever shallow dish/tub that your tort uses for soaking). Then let your sulcata soak into this warm, shallow veggie soup for 15 minutes to allow him/her to absorb the liquid thru his/her cloaca. Afterwards, please don't forget to soak your sulcata in a shallow slightly warm, clean water bath for less than a minute to wash off the veggie soup residue from his/her body. I would also suggest that you keep a basking lamp on above your soaking sulcata to ensure that he/she doesn't get chilly while bathing. Do this once daily until your tort is strong enough for at least Alternative #1 above. I personally recommend this alternative especially for sulcatas that are too lethargic to open their eyes. Just because your sulcata's eyes are closed doesn't mean that he/she's just asleep the whole 24 hours. He/she may be too weak to open his/her eyes. Follow this alternative to keep your sulcata hydrated and nourished to keep him/her alive (for a few more precious hours or minutes) until you get him/her to a veterinarian who specializes in reptiles.
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You May Also Want To Read Some of My Other Related Blog Posts:
• My Recommended Nom Nomz List: Grasses, Flowers, Greens & Other Sources of Multiminerals
• Having A Detox Spa In My Soaking Tub (a topic on the importance of soaking)
• Why Basking in Unfiltered Sunlight is Important For You & Me =)
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