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    Exclamation PLEASE HELP!Leo dragging legs,weak, and won't eat


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    Hi, this is my first time posting and owning a gecko! Needless to say I need help. Today I adopted a Leopard Gecko from a friend who says that she is 2 years old and needs to be fattened up. I'm doing all the research I can but I don't have anyone to go to. She is scarily underweight, her tail looks like that of a lizard's, she wont eat or drink, and she can't move her tail or hind legs. The only thing they gave me to feed her was meal worms and some calcium powder. She also looks like she has some torn tissue around her anus slit and there seems to be some white liquid around that area. I gave her a pedialyte bath, but I don't know if that did anything. PLEASE HELP!!

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    Welcome to GU! I hate to say it, but you're just going to have to take her to a reptile vet. She sounds as if she's in pretty bad shape and may need more than just "fattening up". She may have metabolic bone disease (no picture so I can't tell), an abscess or a parasitic infection. It definitely can't be diagnosed over the internet even with a picture. You can find a reptile vet here: www.arav.org

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    Welcome to GU! I hate to say it, but you're just going to have to take her to a reptile vet. She sounds as if she's in pretty bad shape and may need more than just "fattening up". She may have metabolic bone disease (no picture so I can't tell), an abscess or a parasitic infection. It definitely can't be diagnosed over the internet even with a picture. You can find a reptile vet here: www.arav.org

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    Thank you so much for the reply, it helps more than you know. I'll try to get her to a vet as soon as possible. She seems more lively today but I don't want to risk it. Hopefully she'll feel better soon so I can get her to a healthier weight.

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    Keep us posted.

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    Exclamation Possibly Impaction?!

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    Welcome to GU! I hate to say it, but you're just going to have to take her to a reptile vet. She sounds as if she's in pretty bad shape and may need more than just "fattening up". She may have metabolic bone disease (no picture so I can't tell), an abscess or a parasitic infection. It definitely can't be diagnosed over the internet even with a picture. You can find a reptile vet here: www.arav.org

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    Hello, I am taking her to the vet tomorrow, but after doing a lot of research, I'm scared that it could be Impaction. She seems to be weaker than yesterday. I gave her another warm bath and sadly had to force feed her and make her drink water. When I was gently massaging her belly, I felt some lumps in her stomach. Her belly isn't swollen but I do see a blue line down her belly. I'm not sure if I was just feeling and seeing her organs because she's so skinny, or if it's because of that. Because I haven't been able to go to the pet store yet, I'm still stuck with the stuff the previous owners gave me, which unfortunately only has one hide and sand bedding. I guess what I'm trying to say is, what are some other signs of Impaction, how long do I have, what are the chances of her being ok? (I'm amazed that I've only had her for 2 days and I'm already in love with her) I will be so thankful for any advice you can give me. (oh and her name is Iggy)

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    It can be hard to tell if a gecko is impacted. Obviously if the gecko is very bloated there is impaction. At this point, I recommend just letting her relax since tomorrow's trip to the vet will be stressful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    It can be hard to tell if a gecko is impacted. Obviously if the gecko is very bloated there is impaction. At this point, I recommend just letting her relax since tomorrow's trip to the vet will be stressful.

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    Will do! Thanks so much

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    Get rid of the sand substrate now. Go with a repti-carpet, or have some ceramic tile cut to the dimensions of your tank floor (Lowes can do this very cheaply - under $10). Geckos can feel lumpy in their soft spots, so don't worry. If your gecko is really underweight it sounds more like "stick tail disease". Only a vet can treat this. Sometimes geckos get over, sometimes not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoFanboy View Post
    Get rid of the sand substrate now. Go with a repti-carpet, or have some ceramic tile cut to the dimensions of your tank floor (Lowes can do this very cheaply - under $10). Geckos can feel lumpy in their soft spots, so don't worry. If your gecko is really underweight it sounds more like "stick tail disease". Only a vet can treat this. Sometimes geckos get over, sometimes not.
    We took "her" (actually a him) to the vet. Diagnosed him, gave him surgery, and medicine, and said that he would probably never walk again because he fractured his legs and went without calcium for too long. Unfortunately, after many trips to pet smart trying to build the ideal habitat and getting all the things he needed, he was just too weak and we didn't get him in time. We did everything we could, but he died this morning. I've spent pretty much three days crying my eyes out over the little guy, the whole time I had him. Later today I decided to give my gecko ownership a second chance and adopted a two month old leo. So now, I'm going to try my best to spoil this one as much as I can and treat this one like how Iggy should've been treated. Again, thank you so much for the advice. Wish me luck!

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