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    Hello!
    I am a first time leopard gecko owner and I bought my first gecko from a local petstore two days ago named Nelly. I adopted this particular gecko because I noticed that they had a significant amount of stuck toe shed, and I knew from my research that stuck toe shed is pretty detrimental to these little guys. I was decently successful in getting some shed off this morning after soaking Nelly for a bit and I am going to try again tomorrow to get some of the more dried pieces off. I wanted to limit the time that I was handling Nelly since they are still adjusting to their new life!

    More concerning than the very stuck toe shed though are a couple of specks (of what almost appear to be sand) stuck in the top and bottom corner of my gecko's eye on one side. I'm perplexed because it does not look goopy, or yellow or cloudy like many of the articles suggest toward eye problems. While I was removing the toe shed, I also attempted gently pushing these specks out with a q-tip-- unsuccessfully though. The particles do not seem to be causing Nelly any discomfort. Nelly can shut their eye fully, has been active at normal gecko times, and has been eating but I'm worried that if it indeed sand from the enclosure at the petstore it could lead to infection later if its not removed. I'm was also struggling to remove the particles because Nelly is still very small (approx 3-4 months) and kept moving their head away from the q-tip so i could never get a solid nudge at the partical. I attached a picture of Nelly from our skin removal session this morning so you can get a better idea of what is going on with their eye.

    Does anyone have any idea what these particles could be? What would the best way to remove it be? I would also love some suggestions regarding the stuck toe skin. Some of the toes are already past saving, unfortunetly, but I would like to save as many as i can. I'm worried about my leo

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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    I see 2 white specks in Nelly's left eye. I recommend a visit to an exotics specialist for this problem. Eyes are serious business.

    In addition to warm soaks Zoo Med's Repti Shed Aid may help remove the old skin from Nelly's toes. It's a cream one rubs onto toes.


    Would you like suggestions for a supplement schedule for Nelly? It's really important to choose a multivitamin that has vitamin A acetate (retinol) in the ingredients and a vitamin D3 supplement withOUT excessive D3. A bit of retinol @ 1 feeding per week helps prevent many eye and skin problems.
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    Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for getting back to me.

    I see 2 white specks in Nelly's left eye. I recommend a visit to an exotics specialist for this problem. Eyes are serious business.

    I'm going to try another warm, humid soak today to see if that softens up the speck but I have also inquired with a local exotics specialists about making an appointment for Nelly in the upcoming days.

    In addition to warm soaks Zoo Med's Repti Shed Aid may help remove the old skin from Nelly's toes. It's a cream one rubs onto toes.

    Thank you for the suggestion I will definitely try this!


    Would you like suggestions for a supplement schedule for Nelly? It's really important to choose a multivitamin that has vitamin A acetate (retinol) in the ingredients and a vitamin D3 supplement withOUT excessive D3. A bit of retinol @ 1 feeding per week helps prevent many eye and skin problems.[/QUOTE]

    Right now I am supplimenting with Repashy Calcium plus 3 days a week, dusted onto mealworms. I believe that this suppliment includes calcium, d3 and vitamin A along with other essential multivitamins. Is this a good starting regiment? What else would you reccomend?

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    Hello! Thank you for getting back to me.

    I'm going to try a warm, humid soak tonight for both the toes and to soften the eye gunk. I also reached out to an exotic animal specialist to try and make an appointment for Nelly. I also appreciate the Repti shed suggestion. I will look into it!

    In regard to suppliments, I am currently feeding Nelly Repashy calcium plus which I believe has D3, Vitamin A and other essential nutrients. I've dusted this onto Nelly's meal worms the last 3 days (considering I've only had Nelly for 3 days now) but I am hoping to fall into a routine of feeding 3-4 times a week. Is there any other suppliments that you would reccomend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lydiar17 View Post
    Hello! Thank you for getting back to me.

    I'm going to try a warm, humid soak tonight for both the toes and to soften the eye gunk. I also reached out to an exotic animal specialist to try and make an appointment for Nelly. I also appreciate the Repti shed suggestion. I will look into it!

    In regard to suppliments, I am currently feeding Nelly Repashy calcium plus which I believe has D3, Vitamin A and other essential nutrients. I've dusted this onto Nelly's meal worms the last 3 days (considering I've only had Nelly for 3 days now) but I am hoping to fall into a routine of feeding 3-4 times a week. Is there any other suppliments that you would reccomend?
    You ARE welcome.

    Neither of these schedules recommends DAILY dusting!

    Schedule 144 was developed by GU's acpart (Aliza), formerly a long-time leo breeder. Schedule 124 was developed by me. Hundreds of leo keepers including me use Schedule 124, (125 & 126).

    Schedule(s) 144: Repashy's Calcium Plus (all-in-one) multivitamins for Leopard Geckos
    (withOUT UVB)
    Metabolic bone disease (MBD) symptoms include uneven (lopsided) gait, walking on one or both "elbows", bowed limbs, belly dragging, and an underbite. Difficulty chewing should be closely monitored.
    1. Feeding & Supplementing HATCHLING leopard geckos - 0-2 months old & any slow-growing leopard geckos under ~6 grams ~ Feed 3x per week.
    • Feed Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays
    • Dust prey with Repashy's Calcium Plus (all-in-one) multivitamins at every other feeding
    • ALSO: Keep a bottle cap of plain calcium in the cage 24/7.
    • [See dusting chart below]

    2. Feeding & Supplementing JUVENILE leopard geckos ~ Feed 3x per week.
    • Feed Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays
    • Dust prey with Repashy's Calcium Plus (all-in-one) multivitamins at every other feeding
    • [See dusting chart below]

    3. Feeding & Supplementing ADULT leopard geckos ~ Feed 2x per week.
    • Mondays ~ feed (no dusting)
    • Thursdays ~ feed & dust prey with Repashy's Calcium Plus (all-in-one) multivitamins


    \/ \/ \/


    R = Repashy's Calcium Plus, Cc = pure precipitated calcium carbonate (withOUT vitamin D3)

    Week 1 Repashy dusting (for HATCHLINGS & JUVENILES):
    M-------T-------W------Th-------F-------Sat-------Sun
    ............R............................................R...................

    Week 2 Repashy dusting (for HATCHLINGS & JUVENILES):
    M-------T-------W------Th-------F-------Sat-------Sun
    ..................................R..........................................


    -----> For hatchlings 0-2 months old & any slow-growing leopard geckos under ~6 grams: Aliza also places a bottle cap of pure precipitated calcium carbonate (withOUT vitamin D3) in the cage 24/7.


    For link 144 click: Schedule(s) 144: Repashy's Calcium Plus (all-in-one) multivitamins for Leopard Geckos
    &

    Weekly Schedule 124 for Leopard Geckos 0-12 months old
    (withOUT UVB)
    Metabolic bone disease (MBD) symptoms include leaning to one side when walking, walking on one or both "elbows", bowed limbs, belly dragging, and an underbite. Difficulty chewing should be closely monitored.
    The Reptile Supply Company (916-226-4089) based in Lodi, California stocks Zoo Med's ReptiVite multivitamins withOUT D3.
    Lightly dust the prey 3x per week even when your leopard gecko eats daily. When your leo graduates to eating ~3x per week, still lightly dust the prey ONLY 3x per week.

    During this time (0-12 months old) your leopard gecko will be transitioning from daily feeding to feeding ~3x per week. This all depends upon how fast your leo grows!


    • Monday > > crickets or dubia lightly dusted with Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3
    • Tuesday > > mealworms, superworms, or black soldier fly larvae (Phoenix worms) > > no dusting
    • Wednesday > > crickets or dubia lightly dusted with pure precipitated calcium carbonate withOUT D3 (Zoo Med's Repti Calcium or NOW's human-grade pure calcium carbonate)
    • Thursday > > mealworms, superworms, or black soldier fly larvae (Phoenix worms) > > no dusting
    • Friday > > crickets or dubia lightly dusted with Zoo Med's ReptiVite multivitamins withOUT D3
    • Saturday > > mealworms, superworms, or black soldier fly larvae (Phoenix worms) > > no dusting
    • Sunday > > no food or free choice > > no dusting



    For link 124 click: Weekly Feeding & Supplement Schedule 124 for leopard geckos 0-12 months old
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 10-13-2021 at 01:29 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    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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