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    I have a gargoyle gecko with vet diagnosed mbd. We have calcium sup and are currently syringe feeding her 3x day.
    She had X-ray no broken bones, no distorted tail, legs or spine her only symptom is rubber jaw, unfortunately the one this can effect her ability to eat for survival. I always feed her CGD however I did supplement with organic baby fruit, which I now know can take away
    The nutrients in the CGD. I will never forgive myself for the damage I have caused my sweet little girl!!!!
    I have been doing a lot of research
    And my vet has said that "maybe" can regain lower jaw strength but
    Doesn't know. He also said she can't have anything for pain because it could hurt her kidneys?

    Her tank is almost 80 on one side and 72 on other, she is misted 2x daily, lays eggs every few months and sheds same

    My question is have you ever seen a rubber jaw heal enough to function on their own? She is very receptive to eating from Syringe, her tongue works perfect just can't close her jaw. We r on
    one month now and her jaw has closed about 25 % but her energy and weight have suffered. Does anyone think repti boost may help? TIA

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    I have a gecko that I adopted because it hatched with a severely undershot jaw. This is different from a rubber jaw, but it is difficult for her to get normal jaw closure. Yet, she manages to eat well independently. I wonder how much a gargoyle needs to have perfect jaw closure to be able to eat CGD. Is there a chance she really can handle it without being hand fed? I recommend that when she's hungry, you try putting her head near a bowl of CGD to see if she can lick it herself. If she can do that, you may be able to dispense with syringe feeding.

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    Hello Aliza,

    I have tried to get her to eat on her own but now it's a problem with her inactivity. She doesn't move at all during day only at night sometimes she is very weak so I wonder if the repti boost would help. Sometimes she has trouble keeping grip on my hand while I'm feeding her😞

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    A warm welcome to Geckos Unlimted.

    In the early stages of MBD/ataxia I have found that Repashy's Rescue Cal+ helps loads. It's a powdered calcium + magnesium supplement you mix with water. A few granules of the powder mixed with water and placed on the snout or directly in the mouth has turned around a couple of my geckos just about overnight! That's certainly worth trying.

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    1st pic was approx. one month ago and as you can see her jaw is getting
    Stronger ( sorry it's sideways) but she seems to be getting weaker
    Tonight I bought "jump start" caloric sip. & appetite
    Stimulant but it's pretty thick and sticky it also has magnesium
    Tonight for 1st time she had a liquid poop, stinky too...
    Poor baby. As you can see she is very thin and does not
    Have swollen limbs. My vet said just to give her
    Repti cal after I run out of the RX but I hope that's
    Good enough😔 I'm so sad

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    I would also recommend the Rescue Cal, it has worked very well for similar situations. Best of luck!
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