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    Question Impacted/ constipated female leopard gecko (advice please)


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    I have a female leopard gecko named Daphne, she's about 2 years old. I'm sure she's impacted, she has dark patches in her belly, no appetite, and is walking funny. She also lost weight in her tail only, but its still as wide as my finger. I've been giving her warm baths, but they stress her out. I have olive oil, but I want to make sure its completely safe for her to ingest before I give her any. She does not live on any kind of loose substrate, but I gave her calcium thinking she needed it supplemented. I know that was a bad idea now. I'm starting to consider an exotic vet... any advice is appreciated, thank you!

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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    Please share current images of Daphne and her belly. How long is she from snout to tail tip? Please also share a 60 second video of Daphne walking around on some solid surface like a carpet, so we can check out her gait.

    Leos can't really get impacted with calcium. What exact supplements are you using? Please list brand, dose, & frequency.

    Both olive oil and vegetable oil are safe to use. Place a drop or two on her snout so she can lick it off. During her WARM soaks (about 86*F) massage her belly in a throat-to vent fashion.
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    ===> 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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    Thank you for replying! I just saw she pooped, its gross but I know she's gonna get better now. The calcium is ZooMed Repticalcium without d3. I gave it to her mixed with water in drop form like you would with oil, and I also did that with fresh water. I did that recently while she was constipated, but I didn't know she was at the time. When I realized something was wrong and what it was, I started giving her warm baths, and trying to massage her but it would make her try to get away from me and she opened her mouth wide. I think the olive oil helped, and I was giving her drops of water too. She has an under tank heat mat but it needs to be replaced. I couldn't get good video of her walking, or under her belly, sorry. She still has a bit of dark patches but that may be her heart, its a small circle in the upper middle of her body. Also, for future reference, what kind of supplements should I keep in her enclosure? Thank you for your help, and this whole site has been really useful for other information I've needed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geckoliv3 View Post
    Thank you for replying! I just saw she pooped, its gross but I know she's gonna get better now. The calcium is ZooMed Repticalcium without d3. I gave it to her mixed with water in drop form like you would with oil, and I also did that with fresh water. I did that recently while she was constipated, but I didn't know she was at the time. When I realized something was wrong and what it was, I started giving her warm baths, and trying to massage her but it would make her try to get away from me and she opened her mouth wide. I think the olive oil helped, and I was giving her drops of water too. She has an under tank heat mat but it needs to be replaced. I couldn't get good video of her walking, or under her belly, sorry. She still has a bit of dark patches but that may be her heart, its a small circle in the upper middle of her body. Also, for future reference, what kind of supplements should I keep in her enclosure? Thank you for your help, and this whole site has been really useful for other information I've needed!
    You ARE welcome. I'm happy you're finding GU very useful.

    "and is walking funny" Please still share the video of Daphne walking about. Can someone help you do that? She could be suffering from an issue NOT related to her constipation. Walking difficulties may be difficult detect. The only way I can be helpful about that is actually seeing Daphne walk.

    Are you providing UVB for Daphne? WithOUT UVB or vitamin D3 from supplements, Daphne might be suffering from MBD. MBD is progressive. MBD is ultimately severely disabling and could lead to death.

    What size is Daphne's enclosure? If the heat is not 88-92*F (31.1-33.3 C) underneath her warm dry hide, she might be unable to digest her prey. Ultratherm heat mats are tops. They ARE reusable. Ultratherm makes an 11 x 11 inch mat and an 11 x 17 inch mat.

    Here's Supplement Schedule 126. Daphne may need Schedule 156 instead??? I recommend lightly dusting the prey with these supplements instead of keeping any supplement in the enclosure for 24/7 access.

    Weekly Schedule 126 for Leopard Geckos 18 months old +
    (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.
    The Reptile Supply Company (916-226-4089) based in Lodi, California stocks Zoo Med's ReptiVite multivitamins withOUT D3.

    • Monday > > crickets or dubia lightly dusted with Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3
    • Thursday > > crickets or dubia lightly dusted with Zoo Med's ReptiVite multivitamins withOUT D3
    • Saturday > > Optional: mealworms, superworms, or black soldier fly larvae (Phoenix worms) > > no dusting



    For link 126 click: Weekly Feeding & Supplement Schedule 126 for leopard geckos 18 months old +
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 05-04-2021 at 03:06 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    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 <===

    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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