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    Hello everyone, I have been having issues within the last 3 weeks. I've tried everything from contacting multiple vets etc. No one will see him or take him I don't know what is wrong with him and I can't find anything online in regards to this. I've done so much googling like.. I don't know whats wrong but Stitch my Tokay Gecko is having some sort of odd skin issue that's increasingly getting worst. I've followed every single guide like I know for a fact I am not doing anything wrong regarding his housing situation or his food at this point he has been in basically full quarantine as I first thought maybe something in the enclosure is making him sick so all he has right now is a brand new moss ball which I bought for his quarantine and a kind of net hammock thing so he can bask near his UVB/UAV lights etc. His enclosure temps are regulated and monitored by InkBird setups etc. and he has a fogger to help control his humidity etc. I've tried absolutely everything in my power so far for him and even went as far as contacting vets outside of town. The only vet I've found that will see him is 3 hours away and I don't have a car or a way out there right now not to mention the out door temps and such would be to cold to take him out. I thought of taking a train out there to see the vet but with COVID its almost impossible to travel. I have no clue where to turn to. I spoke to my one vet who takes care of all my Crested Gecko things but they refuse to see my Tokay Gecko. I've tried as far as to bribe them. Please anyone help.. I love my geckos every one of them and I don't know what so ever what to do about Stitch.



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    When Stitch came to live with you did he have any skin issues?

    How is his appetite?

    Maybe SSD 1% cream would help his sores? That's called Silver Sulfadiazine 1% cream.

    Would the vet who is 3 hours away be willing to treat Stitch via your pictures here?
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    I have flamazine cream that is all. Also yes the vet whom is far from my home is willing to look at Stitch but won't quote me on any other prices other then the Exam Fee which is 140 dollars canadian. Although won't give me any advice on photos as I emailed the vet all the photos and explained everything in detail from the texture of the sores etc and the vet is refusing to do anything unless I come in and pay for the exam. Although again the vet isn't disclosing other fee's or prices that may come up like I asked if the vet requires to take a sample to run tests how much does that cost etc and they won't even give me a slight estimate... I've tried absolutely everything so far..

    Also as for stitch having issues upon arrival. No this only happened after he shed about 2 weeks ago. It's just been getting worst. At first I thought maybe he just messed up and ripped his shed off a bit more aggressive or something but it seems like that isn't the case. I've done everything I can so far though and I've been keeping an eye on it although at this point I am having to force feed him almost as for the last week now he is losing apatite and strength Like he bit my finger this morning with his little teeth and he barely broke my skin which he would have basically ripped my hand off at this point. Anyways I am going to spend all of tomorrow calling around more and more trying to figure something out but so far I have had absolutely no luck. I attempted to contact a facebook group called Pet Vet Corner and they just said (Did you try to find a vet closer to you) even though I mentioned that none of the local vets will see him.. I am having such a bad week like all I want to do is nurse this guy back to health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttons View Post
    I have flamazine cream that is all. Also yes the vet whom is far from my home is willing to look at Stitch but won't quote me on any other prices other then the Exam Fee which is 140 dollars canadian. Although won't give me any advice on photos as I emailed the vet all the photos and explained everything in detail from the texture of the sores etc and the vet is refusing to do anything unless I come in and pay for the exam. Although again the vet isn't disclosing other fee's or prices that may come up like I asked if the vet requires to take a sample to run tests how much does that cost etc and they won't even give me a slight estimate... I've tried absolutely everything so far..

    Also as for stitch having issues upon arrival. No this only happened after he shed about 2 weeks ago. It's just been getting worst. At first I thought maybe he just messed up and ripped his shed off a bit more aggressive or something but it seems like that isn't the case. I've done everything I can so far though and I've been keeping an eye on it although at this point I am having to force feed him almost as for the last week now he is losing apatite and strength Like he bit my finger this morning with his little teeth and he barely broke my skin which he would have basically ripped my hand off at this point. Anyways I am going to spend all of tomorrow calling around more and more trying to figure something out but so far I have had absolutely no luck. I attempted to contact a facebook group called Pet Vet Corner and they just said (Did you try to find a vet closer to you) even though I mentioned that none of the local vets will see him.. I am having such a bad week like all I want to do is nurse this guy back to health.
    I'm so sorry for you and Stitch. It's really, really, frustrating when one tries repeatedly, but only meets dead ends.

    Please remember your total success with your young crestie Buttons. You turned him around from injured to totally recovered with your methods!
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    I found a vet just extremely over priced sadly, I am going to hit up the pawn shop today and see to it that Stitch gets some sort of medical aid within the week. I know the vet is 100% over charging me because of the begging I did over the phone but at this point I don't care I just want my little guy to be healthy. I'll post an update the moment I have one.
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    Alright, So I managed to go to a vet out of town, They did Cytology/Skin test thing and examined Stitch with no indications of any type of bacteria etc. The vet determined that he has burned himself?. Which I found odd but nothing else to report at this point. The prescribed loads of medicine including some AntiBiotics, Painkillers, more Flamazine topical cream, and the vet noticed one of his eyes looked a bit dry so they gave me some eye lubrication for him as well. He will be on medicine for 3 weeks and if the condition continues he will be visiting the vet again. Total cost for the vet visit without travel was 307 Canadian dollars. I will update post as time goes on. I don't know how he would have managed to burn himself considering his UVB isn't on all the time and his UVA is pretty far from his resting area. Although I hope the vet is right and it is just a burn. I've moved his UVA even further from his resting area and I am now using supplements to replace the UVB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttons View Post
    Alright, So I managed to go to a vet out of town, They did Cytology/Skin test thing and examined Stitch with no indications of any type of bacteria etc. The vet determined that he has burned himself?. Which I found odd but nothing else to report at this point. The prescribed loads of medicine including some AntiBiotics, Painkillers, more Flamazine topical cream, and the vet noticed one of his eyes looked a bit dry so they gave me some eye lubrication for him as well. He will be on medicine for 3 weeks and if the condition continues he will be visiting the vet again. Total cost for the vet visit without travel was 307 Canadian dollars. I will update post as time goes on. I don't know how he would have managed to burn himself considering his UVB isn't on all the time and his UVA is pretty far from his resting area. Although I hope the vet is right and it is just a burn. I've moved his UVA even further from his resting area and I am now using supplements to replace the UVB.
    Your vet trip is pretty amazing! I "heard" that Ontario is on covid lockdown right now. Is that true?

    Thank you for updating Stitch's thread. Good for you! I realize the extent of Stitch's trip.

    I know how expensive vet care is.
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    Not all of Ontario is on lockdown, Only major cities. Also yeah well.. The vet was interesting for the most part.. I won't ever understand how they determine things. I gave the vet very specific details on the situation upon bringing Stitch in and explained that the skin issue has been getting worst even though I've stopped using heat lamps and such I don't know but the way the situation was explained is that the Vet didn't know what else could be wrong at this point as all their tests came back negative so apparently due to that it must be burns. I just didn't expect the vet to be so vague with their diagnoses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttons View Post
    Not all of Ontario is on lockdown, Only major cities. Also yeah well.. The vet was interesting for the most part.. I won't ever understand how they determine things. I gave the vet very specific details on the situation upon bringing Stitch in and explained that the skin issue has been getting worst even though I've stopped using heat lamps and such I don't know but the way the situation was explained is that the Vet didn't know what else could be wrong at this point as all their tests came back negative so apparently due to that it must be burns. I just didn't expect the vet to be so vague with their diagnoses.
    From everything you've mentioned, it sounds as if Stitch's vet is super-thorough!

    I appreciate that!
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