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    Hello!
    I'm new here - just joined to ask a few questions. My leopard gecko is about 8 years old and while he's been fat and healthy for years, he's now not really eating anything, and he also has a swollen eye. His eye seems to be filled with a clear fluid and is bulging. He hasn't really wanted to eat for about a month now. I didn't really worry the first couple weeks because he goes through these periods where he doesn't really want to eat every so often. It has also been brighter and cooler in the house lately, so he's been in his warm hide a lot. I think he may have a blockage from ingesting moss from his moist hide. He has reptile carpet so there's no other substrate he could eat. I don't really know the signs of infections/parasites, and he may have something like that. He did sneeze occasionally for a while, but he hasn't done it lately so I don't think it could be a respiratory issue.
    If you have any tips on what it could be or how to help him, I'd really appreciate it!

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    Sorry your leopard gecko isn't doing so well right now. The best advice I can give you, because of the eye, is to take him to a reptile vet. It's likely he has an abscess or other type of infection in the eye. He may not be feeling well enough to eat. The problem needs to be treated and it will take a vet to determine the proper antibiotic and dose and also whether there needs to be some kind of direct intervention like draining it. Good luck with him.

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    His eye actually doesn't seem to be bothering him - he can see and blink and everything just fine. It drained a tiny bit earlier today as well. We have been giving him warm baths once a day, and he definitely seems to be feeling better today. He is really getting skinny though - I can see his spine There is a vet clinic here that says they do reptiles, but they're really expensive and we don't know how good they are either. We may have to take him though if he doesn't start getting much better soon.

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    Problematic eyes especially need exotic vet evaluation & possibly treatment. There is nothing we can do at home for this except use good supplements.

    What is the ground temperature underneath your leo's warm dry hide? That should be 88-92 F (31.1-33.3 C) as measured by the probe of a digital thermometer. Sneezing may indicate an Upper Respiratory Tract infection.

    Please list the exact supplements you're using: brand, exact name, & frequency. It's important that your multivitamin contain Vitamin A acetate (retinol). A wee bit of retinol @ 1 feeding per week maintains healthy eyes & skin. Some vitamins ONLY contain pro-vitamin A (beta carotene).
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    I'm not sure what the temperature under his dry hide is, but I'll make sure to check it tomorrow. It's pretty warm to the touch though. We don't feed him any supplements at the moment actually. We used to feed him calcium powder, but we ran out a while ago and weren't able to get him any more due to the pet store being closed on the days we go to town (we live out of town). I will be going to the pet store this weekend however, and I will talk to them about what kinds of things might help as well.
    He is really interested when I offer him mealworms - he'll lick them and play with them but he won't actually eat them. So he's hungry, but he just won't eat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeekaboosGirl View Post
    I'm not sure what the temperature under his dry hide is, but I'll make sure to check it tomorrow. It's pretty warm to the touch though. We don't feed him any supplements at the moment actually. We used to feed him calcium powder, but we ran out a while ago and weren't able to get him any more due to the pet store being closed on the days we go to town (we live out of town). I will be going to the pet store this weekend however, and I will talk to them about what kinds of things might help as well.
    He is really interested when I offer him mealworms - he'll lick them and play with them but he won't actually eat them. So he's hungry, but he just won't eat.
    88-92*F = 31.1-33.3*C

    Please share an image of your 8 year old leo. My leo is 16.5 years old. There are a couple leos in Europe right now who are in their 40s!

    What brand & type calcium powder did you use in the past? What do you feed the mealworms before offering them to your leo?

    I recommend buying Zoo Med's Reptivite multivitamins with D3 + Zoo Med's Repti Calcium withOUT D3 (pure calcium carbonate). Amazon carries Zoo Med supplements too. Zoo Med makes a yellow digital thermometer with a probe that costs about $10 USDs.

    You can use mealworms all the time instead of crickets or dubia. Let's follow Schedule 126:

    Weekly Schedule 126 for Leopard Geckos 18 months old +
    (withOUT UVB)
    Especially adapted for your 8 year old leopard gecko
    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 ReptiVite multivitamins with D3
    • Thursday > > crickets or dubia lightly dusted with Zoo Med's Repti Calcium 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 +

    PS: Do you know any place that sells silkworms? Silkworms contain retinol. Perhaps you could get a few?
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    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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    I checked the temperature in his tank and it is at about 31-33 C. I honestly don't remember what brand of calcium powder we used, but if I'm remembering right I think it was just pure calcium. I gave him another warm bath this morning and while he was a little grumpy, he did seem to be feeling better (he was more energetic). One thing he is doing is "talking" a whole lot. He always clicked a lot when he was happy, and he'd do that little croaking thing when he was frustrated but he does both almost all the time now. I don't know if that has anything to do with anything, but it is a change in behaviour. He also is going to shed in the next few days (he's starting to turn white)
    I can't do photos just yet but I will get photos to you later today!

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    Here are some photos of him that I took today. They're not the greatest because he wouldn't really stay still - he just wanted to run around lol.
    IMG_5557.jpgIMG_5561.jpgIMG_5562.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeekaboosGirl View Post
    I checked the temperature in his tank and it is at about 31-33 C. I honestly don't remember what brand of calcium powder we used, but if I'm remembering right I think it was just pure calcium. I gave him another warm bath this morning and while he was a little grumpy, he did seem to be feeling better (he was more energetic). One thing he is doing is "talking" a whole lot. He always clicked a lot when he was happy, and he'd do that little croaking thing when he was frustrated but he does both almost all the time now. I don't know if that has anything to do with anything, but it is a change in behaviour. He also is going to shed in the next few days (he's starting to turn white)
    I can't do photos just yet but I will get photos to you later today!
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    Here are some photos of him that I took today. They're not the greatest because he wouldn't really stay still - he just wanted to run around lol.
    IMG_5557.jpgIMG_5561.jpgIMG_5562.jpg
    What is your leo's name?

    You mention he used to get plain calcium, before you ran out. By some chance was it Repashy's Calcium Plus? Repashy's Calcium Plus is an all-in-one multivitamin. Calcium + D3 is vital in preventing MBD (metabolic bone disease).

    Please share a 60 second video of him walking around on some solid surface like a carpet. That way we can tell whether MBD is any issue.
    "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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    Oh, I guess I never mentioned his name haha! His name is Peekaboo. I think the brand of calcium we had started with Terra or something like that. I can try and get a video to you tomorrow. He's always been really strong and loves to climb - couch cushions, curtains, us, anything he can get his claws into LOL He was really kinda lethargic a couple of days ago, but the last two days he's been more energetic - he was even running around on the couch and climbing on me today.
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