How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Joan Your Own Question

Joan
Joan, Veterinary Technician
Category: Reptile
Satisfied Customers: 15273
Experience:  30+ years experience as veterinary tech and 15+ years experience doing reptile rescues.
Type Your Reptile Question Here...
Joan is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

We own a leopard gecko that hasnt deficated in several weeks.

Resolved Question:

We own a leopard gecko that hasn't deficated in several weeks. Tried giving her mineral oil, but had trouble getting it in her. Don't know I we should feed her until we see some 'poop'. Only gave her one cricket in the last two weeks. Cant see any lump or bump on her stomach. Should we just feed her?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Joan replied 10 months ago.

Hello,

My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am a Vet tech and have special interest in Reptiles and Reptile rescue.

Can you tell me about the set up?

Substrate?

Normal diet?

Temps in the tank? Heat source?

Supplements?

Will she eat if fed?

Any weight loss?

Joan

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Her tank has tile as substrate with a heating pad underneath. She has three cave options and some wood to climb on. Water dish. Temp is around 91-93 on the tile. She has a healthy appetite and will eat if I feed her. Has calcium as a supplement. We normally feed her crickets, but sometimes give her mealworms.
Expert:  Joan replied 10 months ago.

Hi,

Thank-you for the information. Everything sounds great. Do not give any mineral oil, because that can be aspirated into the lungs and cause pneumonia. What we are going to do is feed some baby food prunes, by dropping a dollop on the snout and allowing her to lick it off. Once that is done wait about an hour or two and place her in a shallow soak of 50/50 warm water and pedialyte. While in the soak gently massage the abdomen from snout to vent. This should promote a stool. I am not overly concerned about her not passing stool, because she will eat. I would stay away from meal worms because the chitin which is the hard outer shell is hard to digest. I suggest trying the crickets, small size, silk worms, phoenix worms or dubia roaches. The less chitin the better the digestion. Hopefully the prunes will do the trick. As I said, if she was not eating, then there would be real concern about a blockage, but since she is eating and not loosing weight, then we would have a serious problem. If she still does not go and you are still worried, I can locate a Herp Vet for you with a State. The Vet could do an enema or use laculose which with help promote a stool. Please let me know if you have further questions or need clarification. Joan

Joan, Veterinary Technician
Category: Reptile
Satisfied Customers: 15273
Experience: 30+ years experience as veterinary tech and 15+ years experience doing reptile rescues.
Joan and other Reptile Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Thank you so much. Great knowledge of reptiles! Will use JustAnswer again if further problems arise. Stephanie KY
< Last | Next >
  • Thank you so much. Great knowledge of reptiles! Will use JustAnswer again if further problems arise. Stephanie KY
  • I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there. Alice H. Jacksonville, Fl.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Anna

    Reptile Expert, Biologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2652
    Have owned turtles, snakes, amphibians, and lizards. Study and provide habitat for wild herps.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MS/MsAM/2012-6-9_16426_anna.64x64.jpeg Anna's Avatar

    Anna

    Reptile Expert, Biologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2652
    Have owned turtles, snakes, amphibians, and lizards. Study and provide habitat for wild herps.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/Jav917/2012-2-20_54059_201221802254JoananddavidArchuleta3.64x64.jpg Joan's Avatar

    Joan

    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    5721
    30+ years experience as veterinary tech and 15+ years experience doing reptile rescues.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    522
    2003 Graduate
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    273
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/1I/1ISUDVM/2011-3-1_22028_Honeymoon2005075294928803490646858.64x64.jpg Dr. Bruce's Avatar

    Dr. Bruce

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    157
    12 years of experience in emergency, surgery and medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/babybloo/2011-3-10_62613_DavidandI.64x64.jpg Theresa's Avatar

    Theresa

    Voice for your pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    1132
    Veterinary Technician for 15 years