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    Hi my leopard gecko has had a swollen wrist for a few months but it hasnít seemed to bother her and now her other wrist is swollen as well as one of her fingers. Her legs also have been a little messed up I will attach pictures of everything. She canít really walk on her left back leg or move those toes. Does anyone know if thereís anything in particular I should do?
    I am currently unable to go to a vet so my options are pretty limited but i can find a way if necessity
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    the attachments got messed up but you get the idea

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    I'm not a vet, but I can say that based on the pictures, it looks like gout. You should google "leopard geckos and gout". I found a number of articles but couldn't necessarily recommend one over the other. The things that the articles have in common is that gout (deposit of uric crystals in the joints) can be due to the gecko getting too much protein and/or long term dehydration. One article that I read suggests that sticking to a single feeder may contribute, but I'm not sure about that. I have a feeling that some geckos are more predisposed to gout, so, for instance, if you fed the exact same diet to a number of geckos, some may develop gout that was triggered by that diet and others (likely the majority of others) may not.
    Despite that fact that a drug is mentioned that could help, the prognosis is not very good. The drug actually may do as much harm as good, based on what I read, because of its power and the side effects.
    The one thing you can do, if necessary, is change what your gecko is eating and what the feeders are eating. If, for any reason, you're feeding your feeders high protein food like dry dog food or cat food, don't do that. It's hard to tell if geckos are getting enough water because we can't watch them all night to see if they're drinking. It doesn't hurt to put a few drops of water on the gecko's nose for it to lick it off every day.
    Once again, it may not necessarily be that you did something wrong. Some geckos are just more prone to certain diseases than other geckos.

    Aliza

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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    Tetramin Fish Flakes are very high in protein as well.

    Just in case:
    Aliza (GU's acpart) uses this already ground Professional Reptiles' Pro Gutload for her mealworm/superworm bedding as well as for her insect and worm food.


    Gutload Ingredients for Bugs & Worms . . . . . . thanks to Olimpia -- August 2013

    "A commercial gut loading food like Bug Burger or Superload (both by Repashy), Cricket Crack, Dinofuel, etc. is going to make your life easier AND provide a nutritious diet to your crickets at the same time. Avoid Fluker's gutloads, as they are super feeble in their formulas.

    "If you opt for making your own gutload at home, here is a list of great ingredients to use:
    Best: mustard greens, turnip greens, dandelion flowers & leaves, collard greens, escarole lettuce, papaya, watercress, and alfalfa.
    Good: sweet potato, carrots, oranges, mango, butternut squash, kale, apples, beet greens, blackberries, bok choy, and green beans.
    Dry food: bee pollen, organic non-salted sunflower seeds, spirulina, dried seaweed, flax seed, and organic non-salted almonds.
    Avoid as much as possible: potatoes, cabbage, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, corn, grains, beans, oats, bread, cereal, meat, eggs, dog food, cat food, fish food, canned or dead insects, vertebrates."
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    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 <===

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