Well the first time I did some months ago it opened up by itself once I put pressure on the pouch. But this time that was not working. And the poor guy was losing weight because he had to work so hard to get anywhere and not just float along the top.
I hated it doing it believe me but was afraid the alternative was to see him waste away. I used a blunt ended plastic syringe I had from when Madison was little and I would have to syringe medicine in to her mouth. I just sort of gently pried open the pouch while I pushed on his pouch.
Well Larry hated me doing it believe me. But it worked and all the gas came out. At the time, he thrashed his tail at me and still won't look at me or snick his mysis even from the baster (used to take it from my hand).
He must be feeling better because I saw him chasing Puff around the tank earlier!!
Kim at CritterHeaven
"Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace."
-Dr. Albert Schweitzer