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    Hi, my leo has just done her first shed since we got her. She’s only 17 weeks old. She seems to have damaged her foot, it is very red, her toes are stuck together and she isn’t walking on it properly. We managed to give her a shallow bath last night and gently got some of the excess skin off but it was then broken skin and was bleeding and the toes are stuck together again this morning. Is this common? I don’t think we have any vets near to where we live which would know what to do for a gecko. Can anyone suggest what I do as it’s not nice seeing her in pain. Thank you

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    Is she able to climb anything in her terrarium? She might have broken her leg. A picture or even a video would help. It sounds like she definitely needs a vet though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IHaveNoIdea View Post
    Is she able to climb anything in her terrarium? She might have broken her leg. A picture or even a video would help. It sounds like she definitely needs a vet though.
    No, there is nothing in her Vivarium apart from her hides. She has just done a full shed. I have given her a bath again this evening and her toes were stuck together, red and swollen. While she was in the bath, there was skin coming away from the toes and looking at them again, the skin is broken, it’s almost as though there is too much skin which has come away and it’s created a sore on a couple of her toes. I will call the vet tomorrow and see if they know what we can do with her. Thank you
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    Do call the vet. There is a medication a vet prescribed for one of my hatchling geckos. She also somehow got a sore on her leg and no matter what I did, the skin just kept peeling away. The vet called it "de-gloving", you can imagine why. The vet prescribed Silver Sulfadiazine Cream, USP 1% and it worked like magic.

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    Here's a link for exotics vets. If you can't get there, perhaps you can do a phone consultation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Here's a link for exotics vets. If you can't get there, perhaps you can do a phone consultation?

    Hi,
    I have taken my gecko to the vet today. We are in the UK and we had to drive over an hour away to see the nearest exotic vet. The vet has said that when she has shed, the skin around her toes has constricted the blood supply so even though we have been bathing her to get the skin off, the toes have become irritated and red. She has given us some iodine solution to bath her in, some cream and some antibiotics which we have to inject into her wax worms. We haven’t fed her wax worms before so I am hoping she will eat them. The vet also was adamant we needed sand substrate, although I completely disagree and said that she needs a UV bulb in her Vivarium. What are your thoughts on both of these? We have swapped to a kitchen towel and slate substrate as we can not seem to get the humidity down below 60-70%! And we have been advised by the breeder and other owners not to bother with a UV.
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    So did you manage to get the skin off? If not, you still have to. Just between us, itīs not really a biggie, they lose their toes all the time in the wild, but still.. you donīt want her to get them infected.
    Definitely donīt put her on sand, that is the worst thing you can do right now. Some paper towels are your best bet now, because they are the most sterile. What did you use before?
    Actually, Iīve been using UV with my leopards for some time now and I have to say they are doing better. Itīs not a must though. If she gets D3 via multivitamin supplement, itīs fine.

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    So did you manage to get the skin off? If not, you still have to. Just between us, itīs not really a biggie, they lose their toes all the time in the wild, but still.. you donīt want her to get them infected.
    Definitely donīt put her on sand, that is the worst thing you can do right now. Some paper towels are your best bet now, because they are the most sterile. What did you use before?
    Actually, Iīve been using UV with my leopards for some time now and I have to say they are doing better. Itīs not a must though. If she gets D3 via multivitamin supplement, itīs fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adele H View Post
    Hi,
    I have taken my gecko to the vet today. We are in the UK and we had to drive over an hour away to see the nearest exotic vet. The vet has said that when she has shed, the skin around her toes has constricted the blood supply so even though we have been bathing her to get the skin off, the toes have become irritated and red. She has given us some iodine solution to bath her in, some cream and some antibiotics which we have to inject into her wax worms. We haven’t fed her wax worms before so I am hoping she will eat them. The vet also was adamant we needed sand substrate, although I completely disagree and said that she needs a UV bulb in her Vivarium. What are your thoughts on both of these? We have swapped to a kitchen towel and slate substrate as we can not seem to get the humidity down below 60-70%! And we have been advised by the breeder and other owners not to bother with a UV.
    Thank you
    Thanks for taking your leo to a specialist! (For me it's a 2.5 hour trip one way to get to my nearest exotics vet.) How have the iodine soaks been going? What type creme and antibiotics were you given? Can you inject the antibiotics into some food source that's more nutritious than wax worms -- like maybe mealworms or black soldier fly larvae (calciworms or Phoenix worms)?

    I totally agree with you: NO sand for your leo's substrate! Kitchen paper towels and slate are excellent substrates! UVB for a leo is sort of a "science". UVB strength is dependent upon the height of your enclosure. UVB is just an option for leos.

    Please share these things about your 17 week old leo:
    1. a picture of your leo
    2. a picture of her enclosure
    3. supplement brand, exact name, & supplement frequency
    4. Were you able to get her toes separated?
    5. How much stuck shed remains on her toes?
    6. What type hygrometer are you using to measure humidity: an analog (circle) or a digital?
    7. What is the ambient humidity in the room where her enclosure sits?
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    Quote Originally Posted by IHaveNoIdea View Post
    So did you manage to get the skin off? If not, you still have to. Just between us, itīs not really a biggie, they lose their toes all the time in the wild, but still.. you donīt want her to get them infected.
    Definitely donīt put her on sand, that is the worst thing you can do right now. Some paper towels are your best bet now, because they are the most sterile. What did you use before?
    Actually, Iīve been using UV with my leopards for some time now and I have to say they are doing better. Itīs not a must though. If she gets D3 via multivitamin supplement, itīs fine.
    We have bathed her this evening and got the skin off however, the two middle toes keep sticking together! It’s very frustrating. Each time we bath her it’s like we are taking the same layer of skin off and it seems more irritated than before! We were sold some leo life desert sand which is what was in her Vivarium at the breeders shop. It was making the humidity ridiculously high. I think we will see how she gets on without a UV for now. We have been dusting her food with calcium and d3 so hopefully she is getting enough.
    Thank you

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