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    Unhappy Stitches Healing Process


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    Hello , I am currently posting this as an emotional wreck so please be kind, i am sorry if something like this has already been posted. I am so worried r.

    My five month old leopard gecko developed a hernia a few weeks ago. A vet surgically fixed it and I have been force feeding her medicine for a week. The force feeding was so difficult as she would wriggle away and twist her body, and nothing I did seemed to stop her throwing herself around to avoid the syringe. Eventually my worse nightmare happened two days ago as her stitches looked ripped after medicating her, I saw spots of blood and overnight the tear got much much worse and was graphic. I think the stitches broke due to her recent shed, her fighting me, and also she pooped in the night. So she has had another surgery to fix the stitches. I feel so so bad for her.

    We have moved to injections now.

    I feel I am in a catch 22 as I'd rather leave her alone to heal . But she needs the antibiotics. I am reluctant to feed her either incase she poops again and it strains her stitches. I think they can take 4-6 weeks to heal? She is shedding lots as she heals, she has shed twice this week. I also worry about the shed bothering the stitches.

    I am really hoping if there is anyone on here who has had experience with stitches healing process in a Leopard Gecko? I feel everything that could go wrong has been going wrong for this poor girl and I have been a guilty emotional wreck for weeks now. I'm so grateful for anyone who reads this.


    Some extra info:-

    She is a good eater, and active relatively through all this. She *was* on eco earth, but now is on paper. She has a 32* dry hide, a cold hide. A wet hide. She has a calcium dish with no D3. Has a UV bulb. Gets vitamins, calcium dusted insects and gutloaded insects. She is my first reptile and I worry I did overfeed her a bit as she is a big eater, but I think the hernia happened as she ate some moss accidentally in her humid hide when she was shedding and eating the shed, I found moss in her poop a few weeks ago just before the hernia appeared. I think the moss in her system then caused impaction for a couple of weeks as she didn't poop during that time, and when she did there was moss. I really believe now that moss or anything loose shouldn't be used in wet hides. Thankyou so much for reading.
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    Sorry you're having to go through this. I had a gecko with a hernia once and there was no cause I could see. I think it's possible she may just have had an anomaly in her abdominal wall that caused it. In the case of my gecko, the vet said that as long as it wasn't binding (he showed me that if I could "pop it back in" with no resistance, then it was OK) he didn't want to risk surgery. She lived for a few years after that diagnosis.

    In relation to your gecko, I haven't had to deal with stitches, but I have had to deal with geckos that have wounds that worsen with shed. Here are some ideas about feeding, medicating and shedding:
    --ask the vet if you can use Silver Sulfadiazine Cream USP 1% on the stitched wound. It does seem to get wounds to close up pretty quickly
    --Feeding: if she'll eat on her own, let her eat and don't worry too much about straining and pooping
    --Antibiotics: wrap her in a soft towel and hold her so she can't twist around. Put a drop of the antibiotics on her nose and see if she'll lick it off
    --Shedding: the most important thing with the shedding is to try to catch her when the skin is loosening but before she's actually shed. You will have to gently pull off the skin outside the stitches so she doesn't have to do it herself. It may help to wet the area.

    Good luck with her.

    Aliza

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    Hello, thankyou SO much for the kind words and advice, I have been so worried that I have done something wrong, and things keep going wrong. I actually caught her last night as she was shedding and saw her biting her stitches. A part of the stitch fell on the floor (with a bit of skin , sorry graphic?) And she actually ate that bit of stitch! so she is eating the stitches now. She had already pulled the shed skin off from the stitches, but maybe she thought that the skin was still there, because of the stitches. If she is doing that with each shed, I don't know how the wound is going to heal itself in time. Thankyou so much for suggesting the cream, I will ask the vets.

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