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    she’s been eating every other day. yesterday she didn’t want to eat and i thought it might have been because she was going into shed. today she didn’t want to eat and she was oddly opening her mouth very abruptly and then closing it. she’s never done that before. she had only ever opened her mouth to eat a worm

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    Hi, I suggest you to see the vet before it is getting worse, hopefully the vet can save its tail.

    One of my little young gecko (not leopard gecko) had tail necrosis in an early stage. While in my waiting time to meet the exotic vet (in a week time), I had success in resolving the issue. I used zoo med repti shedding aid to soak my gecko tail tip which had already turned black. The next day i found the tail turning into white (fade out like infection). I continuelly applied zoo med repti shedding aid daily. The third day i could see its tail becoming a bit swollen with loose skin. I applied zoo med repti shedding aid again and used a cotton stick to rub the black skin out. (must be very gentle so that it will not drop its tail).
    I have few other geckos living in a same tank but only this smallest gecko has the shedding issue on its tail always. I use zoo med repti shedding aid for its regular maintence. ( i had also try different shedding aid but only zoo med repti shedding aid can resolve my issue with good outcome)

    Never give up in saving its tail. Please take action immediately so that you have better chance to save its tail.
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    Were you able to reach a vet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by icatsang View Post
    Hi, I suggest you to see the vet before it is getting worse, hopefully the vet can save its tail.

    One of my little young gecko (not leopard gecko) had tail necrosis in an early stage. While in my waiting time to meet the exotic vet (in a week time), I had success in resolving the issue. I used zoo med repti shedding aid to soak my gecko tail tip which had already turned black. The next day i found the tail turning into white (fade out like infection). I continuelly applied zoo med repti shedding aid daily. The third day i could see its tail becoming a bit swollen with loose skin. I applied zoo med repti shedding aid again and used a cotton stick to rub the black skin out. (must be very gentle so that it will not drop its tail).
    I have few other geckos living in a same tank but only this smallest gecko has the shedding issue on its tail always. I use zoo med repti shedding aid for its regular maintence. ( i had also try different shedding aid but only zoo med repti shedding aid can resolve my issue with good outcome)

    Never give up in saving its tail. Please take action immediately so that you have better chance to save its tail.
    hi icatsang, You should not need to intervene at all. There must be something wrong with your geckoís husbandry. Perhaps humidity or diet? Itís important to find the root of the problem and make the corrections necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cirrus View Post
    the moist hide is on the cool end of the tank, and i always make sure it is sprayed with water especially when she’s in for a shed. but since it’s on the cool end i would say that it is not warm. she poops on the same rock everyday, and i always scrape it off everyday and make sure her water is filled, and the calcium dish is clean as well. the tank is well-managed i would say, but in terms of the moist hide i think i need to place it in a warmer area???
    That's correct. Please relocate Cirrus' humid hide to the warm side. Even if she is not shedding, the moisture from the moist hide helps a leo stay hydrated.

    Please read this link to check other husbandry issues including supplementation like multivitamins including calcium with vitamin D3.
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    i took Cirrus to the vet today and they gave me some dry food mix to mix with water and syringe feed it (oh boy) since she doesn’t seem to want to eat. i have to give her daily betadine soaks, and apply a neosporin like spray, as well as a topical cream to the affected portion of her tail. unfortunately, these vet techs were not especially thorough with their care because there was only one Vet Tech exotic pet vet and he spoke to me for five minutes and never came back, so i really have no information on how this tail necrosis/infection came about, but he said it might be an infection of an unknown cause. the tip of the tail is necrotic and should fall off soon. i’m going to be watching out for spreading or lethargy, etc. this freaking sucks so bad and i’m extremely sad that cirrus has to deal with this. i will be moving her humid hide to a warmer area. i was told that the humid hide could double as a cold hide, so that is what i did, and it had major repercussions. i think that a lack of adequate humidity was the culprit, and it is totally my fault.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cirrus View Post
    i took Cirrus to the vet today and they gave me some dry food mix to mix with water and syringe feed it (oh boy) since she doesn’t seem to want to eat. i have to give her daily betadine soaks, and apply a neosporin like spray, as well as a topical cream to the affected portion of her tail. unfortunately, these vet techs were not especially thorough with their care because there was only one Vet Tech exotic pet vet and he spoke to me for five minutes and never came back, so i really have no information on how this tail necrosis/infection came about, but he said it might be an infection of an unknown cause. the tip of the tail is necrotic and should fall off soon. i’m going to be watching out for spreading or lethargy, etc. this freaking sucks so bad and i’m extremely sad that cirrus has to deal with this. i will be moving her humid hide to a warmer area. i was told that the humid hide could double as a cold hide, so that is what i did, and it had major repercussions. i think that a lack of adequate humidity was the culprit, and it is totally my fault.


    thank you everyone for all of your help
    You're welcome.

    Thanks for sharing these details. I'm glad Cirrus was seen. Humidity in a cold hide can lead to Upper Respiratory Infections.

    • Was the topical cream silver sulfadiazine cream?
    • What is the name of the dry food you mix with water?

    Maybe Cirrus will take the food like this:
    30704648_10211062557068701_4317121622076030976_n.jpg
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 12-21-2018 at 01:04 AM.
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    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

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    yes the cream is silver sulfadiazine
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    they gave me Carnivore Care by Oxbow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    You're welcome.

    Thanks for sharing these details. I'm glad Cirrus was seen. Humidity in a cold hide can lead to Upper Respiratory Infections.

    • Was the topical cream silver sulfadiazine cream?
    • What is the name of the dry food you mix with water?

    Maybe Cirrus will take the food like this:
    30704648_10211062557068701_4317121622076030976_n.jpg
    Sorry to post this here, but I donít know how else to reach you. Iíve been trying to reply to your pmís but I keep getting this message.

    Darn, I thought I copied the message but itís not working. Iíll try again a bit later.
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