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    Hello all!

    Everyone was so helpful and nice with my last question, so I thought I would come here again for some help. 😊 (Posted this in Noobs because I feel like I am still learning, but please let me know if this is not the right area)

    I am concerned about mouth rot with my gecko (please see photos below). I was showing off an adorable video of my little “Speedy” and someone suggested that it looks like she might have mouth rot. For context, I am a first time gecko owner who adopted a 10 y/o female leopard gecko from a rehoming situation about two months ago. Her enclosure was small, she was on walnut shell substrate, only had one dry hide, just overhead heat-lamps on 24/7, etc. I have given her a major enclosure upgrade (see husbandry notes below), so I am not sure if this possible mouth rot came from her previous home. If it was caused by something I am currently doing, I would also like to know so I can avoid that in the future and keep Speedy happy and healthy ❤.

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    Enclosure: 20 gal Long
    Heating: Warm side: UTH on thermostat from 89-91 degrees, CHE on thermostat with probe mounted 4 in above substrate from 82-84 degrees, Cool side: room temp, ranges from 70s to high 60s.
    Food: ~15 gut-loaded mealworms every 2-3 days, dusted with calcium/vitamin powder
    Hides: warm, cold, and moist (half on UTH)
    Substrate: paper towels

    Possible causes:
    - The supplies from previous owner included a pair of metal tongs, so maybe she hit that while feeding?
    - Unfortunately, my home was part of the California power shutoff, which occurred while I was out of town, and Speedy had to be emergency relocated by some friends, so maybe an injury due to transportation?
    - Again, this is my first gecko, so I don’t have a baseline, but is it normal for a gecko to “miss” a few times when trying to get food? She can’t seem to find the mealworms when I put them in a dish, so I feed her one-by-one by setting it near her on the paper towel. She can see motion, but she sometimes tries to eat the shadow of a worm before I set it down. I’m not sure if this is normal or if she has vision problems due to past poor nutrition and is accidentally hurting herself.

    If this is truly mouth rot, I am lucky to live close to several reptile vets, so setting up an appointment shouldn't be a problem.

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    I'd take her in. that definitely looks like mouth rot, and it's much easier to fix if you can get it early. her sinuses look like they might be a little irritated too.

    also I can't tell from the pics, but is there some stuck shed on her toes?
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    Thanks for the reply! I'll make an appointment and get her in as soon as I can.

    She had some trouble with her toes after her last shed and didn't seem to want to use her moist hide, so I did a soak in shallow warm water and mineral oil. I tried to gently remove the stuck shed with a soft, moist cloth, and used tweezers to get the last little bits. She lost the tips of quite a few toes with her last owner, so some of her toes are a bit short and stumpy and just look odd. I don't believe there is any stuck shed, but thanks for pointing it out! I will definitely ask the vet to check during the appointment.

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    definitely, good luck and please update when you can.
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    Went to the vet yesterday and got some topical solution to put on her mouth for ~3 weeks. He said that we caught it early, so even if her mouth doesn't look completely normal, she will make a full recovery! Thank you again for your help.

    He also said some things that slightly concerned me. He suggested going outside and catching flies, lacewings, etc to get a more varied diet. I don't plan on doing this, since I don't want to introduce parasites to my gecko. I am going to get a "variety pack" at my local petstore today with some dubias, black soldier fly larvae, hornworms, etc to get more varied nutrition and see what she likes, then establish a more nutritionally balanced feeding schedule.

    I also asked about defecation, since she sometimes is a bit inconsistent (which I believe is due to me trying to learn how often/much she should feed). He said that she should be eating and pooping daily, which confused me since most care sheets suggest feeding adult leos every 2-3 days.

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    yeah. I wouldn't say to not trust your vet. there are many ways to keep reptiles. however, I personally prefer not to harvest wild bugs and not to feed every day.

    I'm glad you got some meds and I hope she recovers easily.
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    I think you getting the variety pack is a much better idea. Also, an adult Leo will not want to (and probably should not) be eating every day. Every 2-3 days is our norm as ours simply will not eat every day even when we tried. Glad you went to the vet and got the ointment!

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