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    Our 7 year old male gecko is not well and we arenít sure what else to do. He stopped eating about 6 weeks ago and has lost a lot of weight. Seems to go couple days really lethargic And barely opening eyes and then gets energy back for day or 2. Had him to vet and stool tested for parasites 3 weeks ago which came back negative. Vet gave us critical care food mix which we are syringe feeding him with but it doesnít seem to be doing much. At the beginning (when was still eating worms) stools were very watery but now are solid. We hate seeing him like this but are at a loss for what else to do. Vet didnít have any other ideas (although not convinced she has lot of reptile experience but no other vet in town sees reptiles).

    He has always been kept in large tank (40 gallon) on reptile carpet. Warm side regulated to 88-90 and low side 76-78. Have dusted food and vet said bones look good.

    Any ideas would be appreciated

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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited, ShellyG! Please share a current photo of your 7 year old male leo.

    Please also share the brand, exact name, and the frequency you use those supplements. Sometimes I've found that both excessive or inadequate supplementation can cause significant health issues.

    Are there reptile specialists within an hour or so from you? Sometimes we live in places where reptile vets don't. My exotics vet is 2+ hours from where I live.
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    Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately we live somewhere that is 7 1/2 hour drive to closest big city that would have reptile specialist so that isn’t an option. I wish it were.

    We always try to feed him worms or crickets first but when he won’t take that we give the supplement. Our vet gave us emerald system intensive care carnivore. She said to try to get at least 1 ml per day so that is what we try. Sometimes have to feed couple times in the day as he really hates the syringe feeding.

    Here is a picture.
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    You're welcome.

    By supplements I mean the powdered supplements you have used to dust his crickets and worms: calcium with D3, multivitamins, & plain calcium. Please share the brand, exact name, and the frequency per week you have used those supplements.

    Will your leo lick critical care off his snout?

    Please share a minute-long video of this male walking around on a solid surface like a floor or carpet outside his enclosure.
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    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Sorry, I thought you were referring to the supplement we were feeding now.

    For the dusting, we were using a calcium +D3 once a week.

    We did try just putting the critical care on his snout, but he rubs his head to wipe off.

    I could do a video, but he isn’t really walking around. When we take him out, he just stays still or lies down. He is moving around less and less everyday.

    Feel so helpless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShellyG View Post
    Sorry, I thought you were referring to the supplement we were feeding now.

    For the dusting, we were using a calcium +D3 once a week.

    We did try just putting the critical care on his snout, but he rubs his head to wipe off.

    I could do a video, but he isn’t really walking around. When we take him out, he just stays still or lies down. He is moving around less and less everyday.

    Feel so helpless.
    I'm so sorry. I know that feeling.

    Was he ever on a multivitamin as well as the calcium with D3? Which brands? They are all different.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    No we didn’t have him on any other vitamins. We were told not to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShellyG View Post
    No we didn’t have him on any other vitamins. We were told not to.
    I wonder why. You guys have access to Nutrobal multivitamins. Nutrobal multivitamins is an excellent all-in-one multivitamin. All you'd need to add for an adult leopard gecko is Pro Rep's Calci Dust at another feeding per week.

    Adult leos require a dusting of calcium with D3 and a dusting of a good multivitamin withOUT D3 on a weekly basis.
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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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