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    Hi! First off, I'm sorry if I format anything incorrectly - I'm brand new to these forums, and brand new to geckos in general.

    So two Saturdays ago (after much thought) I adopted my first leopard gecko, Farfalle, from a local rescue. The woman I adopted him from didn't have much information on his background. She thinks he's a sub-adult, but it's possible he's stunted. He seems really healthy in all respects, except for his right front foot, which he often holds at a weird angle. She thought it was probably the result of a past injury from mishandling or something.

    He's been completely stellar since we got him home - personable, eating every night, eating a variety of feeders, pooping, drinking, good with handling, the whole lot. But suddenly, he's VERY hesitant to come out of his hot hide. He wasn't even interested in coming out for dinner. I finally coaxed him out with some mealworms the next day, and I noticed he's trying not to put pressure on the foot. He will, and it supports him, but he's started sort of... holding it up in the air, and I'm worried. The exotic vet can't see me for more than a week. There was no chance of fresh injury, since he chills in his tank next to my work desk and I keep an eye on him. I was wondering if anyone has seen something similar, how worried I should be, and if a vet can even realistically do anything for it?

    Best picture I could get of the weird claw attached. Also, just pictures of my beautiful boy!

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    1000% Metabolic bone disease.

    I adopted 2 a little while ago. They werent being fed or looked after at all. They had been living on dried mealworms and no belly heat source for around a year. It is a miracle they were still alive tbh.

    The one which was worse off has the same problem as that but not quite as bad.

    Metabolic bone disease is caused by lack of suppliments, Calcium and Vitamin D3. They need to be fed suppliments via their food as they do not get them like how they would in the wild. In their natural habitat they would get those from the sunlight.

    What you need to do is dust their food several times a week with multivitimins and pure calium. Calcium is the most important but they need Vitamin D3 to absorb it. Luckily they can store the D3 i their bodies so only need it once a week

    This is the schedule i use.

    Monday - Dust with Vionate mixes with pure calcium. Some might recommend only using top prosucts like Nutrabol but after checking out all the ingredients ect they have all the same stuff in them. You can get a big tub from amazon for cheap. I also mix some i little pure calcium in this too.

    Wednesday - Undusted food.

    Friday - Dust with pure calcium. I use ZooMed pure calcium.

    Sunday - Undusted food.

    It is also important to keep a little dish of pure calcium in the vivarium so they can help themselves when they need to.

    Obviously for younger geckos which are still growing or not in great health it is better to feed them a bit more often. Personally i would feed everyday for a while. Just split the days up in the same way suppliment wise.

    The 2 i rescued are looking great but unfortunately some things cannot be fixed. The one which was poor will always have the MBD and is also not the sharpest tool in the shed. But can you blame her after years of neglect.
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    This is strip. The one of 2 Rainwater ablinos i rescued. You can see by the front leg it is the same as yours but not quite as bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newbreeder View Post
    1000% Metabolic bone disease.
    fffffffff.

    I was hoping not to have to tangle with MBD, but obv it is what it is with a rescue. His jaw looks fine and nothing else seems, uh... floppy? I dust with a 2-1 ratio of ReptiCalcium with D3 and Herptivite, and I got him a UVB light. I also leave a dish of the calcium out just in case he needs the extra. He was a little underweight when I got him so I've been feeding daily until he's in a safe range (his tail has been plumping nicely) but of course I worry about overfeeding, because I worry about everything. I guess there isn't anything else I can do to help him gain more function with that messed up claw? I know you can't undo MBD, but I want the best for him :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larkspur View Post
    Hi! First off, I'm sorry if I format anything incorrectly - I'm brand new to these forums, and brand new to geckos in general.

    So two Saturdays ago (after much thought) I adopted my first leopard gecko, Farfalle, from a local rescue. The woman I adopted him from didn't have much information on his background. She thinks he's a sub-adult, but it's possible he's stunted. He seems really healthy in all respects, except for his right front foot, which he often holds at a weird angle. She thought it was probably the result of a past injury from mishandling or something.

    He's been completely stellar since we got him home - personable, eating every night, eating a variety of feeders, pooping, drinking, good with handling, the whole lot. But suddenly, he's VERY hesitant to come out of his hot hide. He wasn't even interested in coming out for dinner. I finally coaxed him out with some mealworms the next day, and I noticed he's trying not to put pressure on the foot. He will, and it supports him, but he's started sort of... holding it up in the air, and I'm worried. The exotic vet can't see me for more than a week. There was no chance of fresh injury, since he chills in his tank next to my work desk and I keep an eye on him. I was wondering if anyone has seen something similar, how worried I should be, and if a vet can even realistically do anything for it?

    Best picture I could get of the weird claw attached. Also, just pictures of my beautiful boy!

    Thanks in advance <3farfalle 1.jpg

    Farfalle 2.jpg
    I would explain the situation and the vet should see you sooner. You can always try another place. Sounds like he is in pain and the vet can prescribe pain medication. If there is a break, a splint can be made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larkspur View Post
    fffffffff.

    I was hoping not to have to tangle with MBD, but obv it is what it is with a rescue. His jaw looks fine and nothing else seems, uh... floppy? I dust with a 2-1 ratio of ReptiCalcium with D3 and Herptivite, and I got him a UVB light. I also leave a dish of the calcium out just in case he needs the extra. He was a little underweight when I got him so I've been feeding daily until he's in a safe range (his tail has been plumping nicely) but of course I worry about overfeeding, because I worry about everything. I guess there isn't anything else I can do to help him gain more function with that messed up claw? I know you can't undo MBD, but I want the best for him :/
    I could be wrong. Maybe he has hurt himself. Mine doesnt seem to be in any pain. She gets around fine and seems happy. It does actually sound like he might be in pain if hes not moving around much.

    Seems like you know what youre doing enough. But y3ah you dont really know what life they have had before you have them. I wish people would know what they are doing before they get aminals. Not fair on them.
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