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    Default African Fat Tailed Gecko Has Completely Stopped Eating and Defecating


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    For the past three weeks, my African Fat Tail, Violet, who is (about) 6 or 7 years old hasn't eaten or defecated. The conditions of her tank have not changed, I have appropriate heat and humidity, she sheds normally. nothing changed. She looks healthy. Her tail has always been small no matter how much I fed her (she used to eat like a pig), and it is the same size as of right now. She hasn't lost any weight. I took her to the vet a few days ago thinking it was some sort of respiratory infection, as I heard a bit of, I suppose you could say, crackling in her lungs when she inhaled. The vet gave me "Enroflox Enrosite Baytril" to give her (0.1 mL by mouth through a syringe, twice a day), as he suspected a respiratory infection as well. I have been doing the needed dosages, and she still wont eat. The vet said she should eat within a few days. I am starting to get very worried. She shows absolutely no interest in any prey. All I have access to is crickets and mealworms. She has never had meal worms before, and will not eat them. I dust the crickets with calcium (looking into getting more vitamins for her). I have no idea what to do. I will be taking her to the vet again if she doesn't eat soon, so before I do that, could anyone offer some information? I have no clue as to why she won't eat. She drinks water just fine.

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    If she's not eating then she won't be pooing so don't panic about the lack of poo just yet. The vet visit and the meds are likely to have caused a lot of stress which naturally puts reptiles off their food. For this reason, I would hold off of another vet visit unless necessary as she needs time to relax again. The meds will likely have caused imbalances in her GI tract, it's recommended that you use a probiotic alongside meds to counteract this. Something like avipro is good. Try using a probiotic alongside the meds and a little while after treatment (can be added to drinking water or syringed) and see if that makes a difference. Disturb her only when necessary, which means I probably wouldn't bother offering her food for a few days either. If she's not losing weight then I wouldn't be panicking, she just needs time to fully recover.
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    Once she's done with the medication and has had some peace and quiet as recommended above, if she's still not eating try holding her and gently pushing a feeder at her mouth. I have found fat tails to sometimes go off their feed and can improve with a little "jumpstarting".

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