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    So, I've been owning a giant day gecko for 7 months and no problems have occured until recently.

    My gecko started to develop this huge black mark on his right leg. At the beggining it was smaller, but in the past it has been growing faster.
    Even though she has been having this problem, eating, sticking or anything else geckos usually do has been done without any problems.

    Can anyone tell me anything that can help me with this problem? I'm really worried.
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    I think if possible that she should see a vet right away. that could be scarring, but could also be an infection that needs to be dealt with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aimless View Post
    I think if possible that she should see a vet right away. that could be scarring, but could also be an infection that needs to be dealt with.
    Do you know any safe infection treatments I can start at home, while I can't visit a vet?

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    you can use a dilute betadine solution (betadine can come from most drug stores) to flush it every day. the problem is, if it's something like scale rot, it could be a fungal or other infection that betadine won't kill. if there is any way to get him to a vet, I'd start there. it concerns me that it's growing. usually a scar is in response to a wound(bite or burn) and won't get bigger, it's just dark until the gecko sheds and then gets better over successive shedding. if it's an infection, it could spread quickly and change very fast. I'm sorry, but there's just no way to know by looking at photos if it's something worse
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    Here's a link for recommendations for vets around the world: https://arav.site-ym.com/search/custom.asp?id=3661

    Don't wait! You don't want this problem to gain the upper hand. You don't want to lose him.

    From current personal experience if it's an infection and promptly treated with a broad spectrum antibiotic, quick recovery is possible.

    Kindly keep us posted on your gecko's progress.

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    Maybe a local vet has some connections with an exotic vet and can touch bases via phone or email.
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    So, I went to the vet and he said I should give my gecko an antibiotic daily and I need to apply a local ointment too.

    He wasn't sure what was going on for certain, but his hipothesis were:

    - A bacterial infection (which is what I'm giving him the medicines for)

    - A fungal infection (which would be worse. However if it's not a bacterial infection, then it must be fungal - we agreed that if nothing happens with the current treatment, we would try and treat as if it was fungal)

    - A burn/scald (which could make the place where he was burn more susceptible to an infection)

    I did a really big cleaning session to the terrarium, since if it is something bacterial or fungal, a colony could be developing somewhere in his enclosure.

    PS The "burn" option is actually a viable possibility. Since geckos don't react if they're being burnt (this is completely true, I researched about this for a long time) and since I have an internal heating source, he could lay in a hot spot and still don't notice (I had something around the bulb, so he could not burn, like a railing. However, that could be burning too).

    My heat lamp is now outside the enclosure, but the temperature is not that great.
    So, by the way, can you help me with this now? How can I heat a big enclosure, with the heat source outside?
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    PS The "burn" option is actually a viable possibility. Since geckos don't react if they're being burnt (this is completely true, I researched about this for a long time) and since I have an internal heating source, he could lay in a hot spot and still don't notice (I had something around the bulb, so he could not burn, like a railing. However, that could be burning too).

    My heat lamp is now outside the enclosure, but the temperature is not that great.
    So, by the way, can you help me with this now? How can I heat a big enclosure, with the heat source outside?
    Thanks for your update. Is your gecko still climbing around as before?

    Are you giving the antibiotics by shots or by mouth?

    Heat can be increased by getting a stronger bulb and connecting it to a digital thermostat to control maximum heat output.

    Make sure this gecko has many basking sites (thick sticks, bamboo, pvc pipe) at different distances from your overhead bulb. That way he can choose his basking site and temperature.
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    How is your giant day gecko doing?
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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