I sent a note here- but it disappeared! I have an 8 year old leopard gecko. His has gotten very skinny and is very

Expert's Assistant chatimg
Customer: I sent a note here- but it disappeared! I have an 8 year old leopard gecko. His has gotten very skinny and is very lethargic. He just finished a feast of 2 dozen crickets over the last 2 weeks. The top of his tail usually gets big after eating this much. That did not happen this time. I have been reading on your site. He is no longer on calc sand- but on reptile carpet. Has a heat lamp on all the time- and underneath heater. He has white calc in his bowl and a granular leopard gecko food. I followed the directions and gave him a pedialite bath and rubbed his tummy for 15 minutes. He did emit a small amount of white substance. After his bath I gave him a little bit of baby squash. (there was no just plain meat at the grocery store!) Is there more that I could be doing for him? His color is pale. I feel bad for him!
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the leopard gecko. What is the leopard gecko's name?
Customer: Izzard
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Izzard?
Customer: I think I have detailed it
Answered by Jav917 in 20 mins 4 years ago
imglogo
Jav917
Pet Specialist
logo

27,324 satisfied customers

Specialities include: Reptile Veterinary, Herp Veterinary, Exotic Animal Medicine, Amphibian Veterinary

Customer
Is this for real or did I just get scammed?

Hello,

My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 35_ years and have worked with Reptiles over 40 years.

Have you ever had him see a Herp Vet for a fecal?

what are the temps in the enclosure?

Is he passing stool as well as urates the white you has seen?

Joan

Joan

Customer
No herp vet near here! Temp is between 80 and 85. I thought maybe the white was stool- it was more solid- not big like his normal- I have never seen him urinate.

If you supply a State or Country, I can lcoate soem Herp Vets that may be close by. What you are describing with the lethargy and weight loss is very common with a Parasite issue Live prey can bering parasites to your gecko and the parasites can cause weight loss. The temps need to be up a little higher in the enclosure 84-88 is a good temperature gradient.

I a case like this the husbandry is good since you removed the claci sand. The only thing that is concerning is the weight loss and the lethargy. What I would like to do is start soemechicken or Beef baby food and add a pinch of calcium mixed in and drop on the snout and allow him to lick it off. This is supplemental feeding to go along with the gut loaded crickets.

I suggest having him seen hands on for an Exam and a fecal sample. He is not showing sny specific symptoms that I can pin down to an illness.

Please supply a location for Herp Vets.

I would also like to see you do a couple of soaks a week to keep him hydrated.

Joan

Customer
Wiota, Iowa 50274 zip code
Customer
Specifically how often on the soaks- and for how long?

These are Herp Vets in IA:

http://www.anapsid.org/vets/iowa.html

As far as soaks you can do a warm soak 5 time sa week and soak for 15 mins . This will help with Hydration.

With the weight loss watch for shed to come more often. The shed will come closer together with weight loss and you will want to make sure you have a moist hide avalable and that all the shed comes off. Retained eye shed is very common when there is weight loss.

Please let me know if you have further questions. My goal is to give you excellent service.

Joan

Customer
For as long as I have had Izzard- I have never observed a shed. I am sure he did- but never in my sight! What is retained eye shed?

When they shed their skin turns white from head to tip of tail. when it is ready to come off they will rub on something to start it the shed and they will eat their shed completely. Many times if there is a vitamin A deficiency or a problem retained shed that covers the eyes when shedding stays in the eyes. whan this happens a Herp Vet has to remove that shed because it will build up in the eyes and will harden leaving the gecko blind.

Joan

Customer
Well maybe that is what is happening- I wouldn't call him white- but his color is much paler. Is there a Herp vet around here?

I posted a link for all IA Herp Vets. Since I am not familiar with the state this is the link click it to open.

http://www.anapsid.org/vets/iowa.html

Joan

Customer
Thanks for your help! Hopefully he will be better soon!
Customer
The vets are all 2-4 hours away.

I hope so too, .You can see if a local Vet can see him and do a fecal. and maybe consult with a Herp Vet for treatment.

If I have addressed your concerns, please take a moment to rate my service 5 stars

Joan

Customer
Thanks! I will do that!

I hope all goes well and he feels better.

Joan

Read less
unlike
0 Likes
logoBack
logologo
Jav917
logo
logo
27,324 satisfied customers
logo
Pet Specialist
imglogo
Jav917
+ years of experience
logo

27324 satisfied customers

Ellen

Ellen

Licensed veterinarians

31,131 satisfied customers

Pearl avatar
Pearl Wilson, Veterinarian's Assistant
116 Veterinarians are online right now.
Related Veterinary Questions
My leopard gecko's tail is skinny and he is really bloated.
2.23.2021
img
Heath Wilkerson
ER/ICU & Exotic Animal Veterinarian
117 Satisfied Customers
It looks like his intestines or something is sticking out
2.12.2021
img
thatERvet
ER Veterinarian
55 Satisfied Customers
My leopard gecko hasn't pooped in over a week and now has a
4.9.2019
img
Joan
Veterinary Technician
22,330 Satisfied Customers
I bought a year old leopard gecko from my girlfriend's
2.16.2019
img
Anna
Reptile Expert, Biologist
5,214 Satisfied Customers
She acting very strange. I fed her some crickets after she
4.4.2018
img
Heath Wilkerson
ER/ICU & Exotic Animal Veterinarian
117 Satisfied Customers
How it works
logoAsk for help, 24/7
Ask for help, 24/7
Members enjoy round-the-clock access to 12,000+ verified Experts, including doctors, lawyers, tech support, mechanics, vets, home repair pros, more.
logoExpert will respond in minutes
Expert will respond in minutes
After you reach out, we match you with an Expert who specializes in your situation. Talk, text, chat, whichever you prefer.
logoSave time & money
Save time & money
No scheduling hassles, missing time from work, or expensive consults.
A JustAnswer membership can save you significant time and money each month.
Sarahesq and 87 other Veterinarian specialists are ready to help you.
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.
Why you’ll love JustAnswer
JustAnswer is the best way to get expertise on-demand from doctors, lawyers, vets, mechanics and more. Since 2003, we’ve helped more than 9 million people in 196 countries and have an A+ rating with BBB and a 9.6/10 rating with TrustPilot.
Highly rated, verified Experts
We pride ourselves in our 8-step verification process including license and credential checks. Vetted by us and rated by customers, like you.
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.
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.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal ...leave nothing to chance.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
JustAnswer, Professional Services  General, San Francisco, CA
Google reviews
TrustPilot Reviews