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    Ive had my velvet gecko for 4 years now, hes about 4 1/2 - 5 years old the vet thinks.
    So far I took him almost 3 years ago to have a plug removed, that went well. Last summer I had to take him back to have his hempenis put back in cuz I thought he was dying haha, wasn't all that bad cuz by the time we got to the vet it was back in mostly and she just had to lubricate it a tiny bit and push it the rest of the way in. I don't drive so to take him to the vet is a day trip on the bus and the sky train. Last time I was in there all they told me was to lubricate it with KY so I had some in my cupboard for this issue just in case.

    Now on to what Ive done so far,
    Last night I applied some KY to it, and it didn't do much, except he did poop on me (never had that happen before lol) so I'm not sure he exactly liked me rubbing him with the KY q-tip lol.
    Ive heard about doing a sugar water bath. How much sugar do I add to the water? How do I get him to sit in it and get it on him because when I try to soak him in a shallow dish he just holds himself up on his toes, do I add more water to it then so its enough, but what if he gets tired, I don't want to drown my lizard. I am also going to try having a wet paper towel in the container and hoping that will help. He has a deep water dish, and then I also have a shallow dish he prefers in his tank, and I mist it. Usually when he sheds I put a wet paper towel in his tank under his house cuz he likes to rub around in it but this time I just didn't see him getting ready to shed. This only happens when he sheds. Hes alone in his tank. I only own him so a territorial thing isn't the problem and hes on a 12 x 12 light cycle to prevent breeding behavior because I had him a season cycle and he used to get aggressive towards me.

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    Hi ~

    I've had a couple geckos with prolapse problems. They required vet assistance, but did survive. No amputations were necessary.

    Keep the tissues moist. Otherwise the tissues will dry out and will require amputation. Use KY jelly and a wet paper towel (or cloth) until you see the vet. The "sugar bath" solution (or paste) did not work for me.

    What type of velvet gecko? What type of substrate? One way to lessen prolapses is to keep temperatures and humidity at levels appropriate for your gecko. Passing sand or undigested chiton can cause prolapses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Hi ~

    I've had a couple geckos with prolapse problems. They required vet assistance, but did survive. No amputations were necessary.

    Keep the tissues moist. Otherwise the tissues will dry out and will require amputation. Use KY jelly and a wet paper towel (or cloth) until you see the vet. The "sugar bath" solution (or paste) did not work for me.

    What type of velvet gecko? What type of substrate? One way to lessen prolapses is to keep temperatures and humidity at levels appropriate for your gecko. Passing sand or undigested chiton can cause prolapses.
    His temp stays between 78-89F, I try to keep it in that range because he seems to function best that way, I mist him as needed when he gets too hot but he prefers to be physically dry, he gets very angry at me when I mist him. He raises himself up and twitches his tail at me and will smack me with his nose lol. Hes an Ocelatted Velvet Gecko. Hes on herp carpet because he used to dig in his coco fibre and lay directly on his heat pads under the tank, I didnt want him to burn himself. He only has this problem once in a while when its really hot outside, usually I can see him start to shed cuz he goes pale and flaky kinda and so I add extra moisture to his tank then to just make sure.
    Hes never had to have any kind of amputations done, and it looks healthy still. Its pink and the white color. Im starting to think it may be a plug cuz its not so flower shaped at the end as it was last time. I have to talk to my dh about borrowing some money from him to maybe go to vet, I am trying to wait on my pay check this sunday, so Im hoping that itll be okay for a couple days because it hasnt even been 24 hours I think. I didnt see it until I was going to bed around 11:30, and when I looked in on him a couple hours before he was fine.
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    Default Vet Says: mild hemi-penis prolapse with the whitish mucous protruding from it

    I contacted my vet by email because they want me to keep him home unless its absolutely necessary for me to take him in because they dont want me to cause him too much stress. So I sent my vet these pictures and they replied telling me this. Now I'm not sure if I can do it at home or need to take him in yet and Ive replied to them asking these questions as well and how to do it, but I also wanted everyone else opinion on it?
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    This is their reply to the pictures
    "From the photos of your gecko it looks like he has a mild
    hemi-penis prolapse with the whitish mucous protruding from it. I would pull
    the thick mucous off the hemi-penis."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riagan View Post
    I contacted my vet by email because they want me to keep him home unless its absolutely necessary for me to take him in because they dont want me to cause him too much stress. So I sent my vet these pictures and they replied telling me this. Now I'm not sure if I can do it at home or need to take him in yet and Ive replied to them asking these questions as well and how to do it, but I also wanted everyone else opinion on it?
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    This is their reply to the pictures
    "From the photos of your gecko it looks like he has a mild
    hemi-penis prolapse with the whitish mucous protruding from it. I would pull
    the thick mucous off the hemi-penis
    ."
    Perhaps your vet can arrange a payment plan or you could charge the visit? The sooner you bring him in the better. Can you gently remove that "whitish mucous" with a wet q-tip?

    OK, ocellated velvet gecko = Oedura monilis. Does he have a warm end and cool end in his vivarium?

    Misting can be very stressful to geckos. Judging by his reaction, he does not like to be sprayed. Generously mist his vivarium instead. A large water dish can help increase humidity.

    Prolapses can also be caused by straining to poop.

    Can you post pictures of the whole gecko?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Perhaps your vet can arrange a payment plan or you could charge the visit? The sooner you bring him in the better. Can you gently remove that "whitish mucous" with a wet q-tip?

    OK, ocellated velvet gecko = Oedura monilis. Does he have a warm end and cool end in his vivarium?

    Misting can be very stressful to geckos. Judging by his reaction, he does not like to be sprayed. Generously mist his vivarium instead. A large water dish can help increase humidity.

    Prolapses can also be caused by straining to poop.

    Can you post pictures of the whole gecko?
    I'm not comfortable removing it myself. Wiping it doesn't remove it so I'm thinking it may be a plug and feel much more comfortable taking him to the vet, thankfully I found a vet that's a 15 min walk from my house that's cheaper and when I said what he had the vet sounded confident in being able to help me which is great. Yes, the back of his tank is warm and the front is cool because of the shape it was easier that way and he also gets heat off his light bulbs and heat from his floor. Yes he hates being misted. But he loves licking the walls and floors. He goes crazy over licking everything after I do it haha even if he has two full dishes. He has a deep water dish and then I also got a meal worn dish which is shallow and useless for worms that I use as a large shallow dish he likes to half sit in.
    He isn't having any issues pooping. He pooped on me perfectly fine when I first saw it and thought it was his penis, and then he also pooped when I was soaking him this morning. My phone won't let me add a picture of him right now, and he's in his tank at night now and I already made him mad at me by putting a lot of ky on him before I'm heading to bed. His tank right now only has his hide, three water dishes and paper towel on the floor. I completely cleaned his tank out with the fluckers cleaner and used a vinegar water solution to clean afterwards and rinsed with warm water. His tank is currently hovering at 81 and he's been in the dark for about 3.5 hours now.
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    Nice you found a nearby vet! Have you an appointment?

    Is the paper towel on the floor wet? If so, that should help till he sees the vet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Nice you found a nearby vet! Have you an appointment?

    Is the paper towel on the floor wet? If so, that should help till he sees the vet.
    I'm calling back tomorrow after my Drs app and hoping I get paid tomorrow so I can take him in. Use it is wet. Not soaking wet but moist. Half is warm moist and half cool moist from his under tank heaters and me applying the ky is helping keep it moist too. I want to avoid any infection or des tissue. It's weirdly looking better. Less swollen kinda and then other times it looks worse and then better again. It's weird. He may be pulling at it when I'm not looking. I'm really hoping with the ky there's a chance it'll just come out on its own but I'm worried if it does that he'll have a bigger issue with the prolapse. My husband asked me about him dying today and I said I haven even thought about it but in febuary he'll be anywhere from 5.5 to 6 years old so I think it may be something I'll have to look into because I know he'll only live anywhere from 5-8 years in the proper environment and that's sad to me. I love him. But I don't know how to handle a dead pet. Never had to as an adult yet.
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    I don't know the normal lifespan of an Oedura monilis. I have some Oedura castelnaui that are 10+ years old.

    Can you share a picture of him from the top down?
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    How's your velvet doing now?
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