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    Unhappy Extremely sick gecko, second whether or not to euthanize


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    Zorak is a western banded gecko. As a noob I bought her from petco with her sister Brak who also passed away after getting sick much like Zorak is now but Brak got even worse when she dropped her tail. At this point in time Iím so behind on my bills from a sudden money crisis so now is the worst time for me to worrying about vet bills but there is a vet close by where itís about 55$ for the visit and our appointment is tomorrow. Iím not sure I can afford the medication which it might be too late for rather than just paying to have her put down to end the suffering. The pictures below show what she used to look like and what she looked like now. Itís crazy she looked fine one day then horrible the next and has only gotten worse. Sheís laying on my chest now when she would usually be running away from me and exploring. Sheís extremely lethargic and definitely slowly dying, I cry so hard every time I look at her. I got her for my bf and her sister was for me but I took a liking to her after mine passed and now that sheís sick my bf canít even look at her. But sheís not eating, very lathergic, those are the symptoms you canít see from the pictures, the pictures will explain everything else.
    Basically what Iím asking here is if anyone has had a reptile who has been this sick and knows if she even has a chance of getting better with medicine or if they also agree itís best to just stop the suffering. Because I have a feeling any vet is going to tell me to get the medicine but I donít have the money for this, they donít do payment plans and I canít get her medicine if sheís just going to pass away hurting anyway. Everyone says by the time you notice a reptile is sick itís usually too late. And sheís slowly eating her back skin off her like Brak did. I just want to know if you agree if I should end the suffering or is she not as bad as she looks and truly believes she can recover from this? Because I donít think itís possible for her to recover... then again itís my third reptile bought from petco(all bought at the same time) that Got sick and died...

    Donít think my luck is too bad though. I do have a very healthy Blue tongue skink from a good breeder who is doing great. So I did learn my lesson from buying reptile and crickets from petco. I just wish I was able to do something for my reptiles before it came to this. And although my skink seems extremely healthy I am going to bring him in soon for a check up to make sure heís okay too since he was around my gecko before I saw she was sick.



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    In this last one she is licking herself and trying to bite off her skin.

    As you can see itís not good. So please I want everyone to be brutally honest. Should she just be put down or do you really believe she can bounce back from this?

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    Also I’ve tried to help the dry skin by giving her a nice short warm soak, constantly misting her and her enclosure. While she soaks in the bathroom sink I’ll have the hot water going in the shower to create a nice humid sauna for her. She just bit the rest of that big clump off her back and I sprayed her again with clean water to keep her wounds clean.

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    I'm sorry.

    I wonder whether Zorak has some disease like Cryptosporidiosis?

    Did you happen to find out why her sister died?


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    Be sure to have your blue tongue skink tested. Crypto is contagious. These days vets can sometimes swab a reptile's vent to get the necessary culture.
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    Yes, I agree about the crypto. I think at this point it's more important to spend your money on getting your skink tested than on the banded gecko. I have had a number of banded geckos, some of them for quite a number of years. I have had trouble with them dying exactly as yours is.

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