I have a leopard gecko 🦎 He’s about 10 years old. His tail has gotten really skinny. He also is not digesting his food

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Customer: I have a leopard gecko 🦎 He’s about 10 years old. His tail has gotten really skinny. He also is not digesting his food properly.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did this weight loss start? Has the leopard gecko been drinking more or less water than usual?
Customer: It started a few weeks ago. I’m not sure about his drinking.
JA: Any changes in the leopard gecko's appetite?
Customer: He is still eating. Probably a little less than usual.
JA: What's the leopard gecko's name?
Customer: Abe
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: He isn’t opening his eyes.
Answered by DrRoyC in 1 hour 1 year ago
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Hello,Customerresponding to your message regarding Abe, know it's worrisome when our small reptile pets are sick. Stick tail in Geckos indicates serious underlying illness. Please soak in equal parts of filtered water and clear Pedilyte, a children's electrolyte replacement solution from pharmacy, warm and shallow for 5-10 minutes 3 times day. Photos and video Help use paper clip icon and please upload. I'll await your response so we can discuss further
Customer

Thanks for the response. Abe was eating relatively well until this last feeding. We got him 12 crickets yesterday and he ate 1 or 2. This morning, we found poop that was much larger than normal and looked like an undigested cricket. Unfortunately, I did not get a picture of that. I have included a couple pictures of Abe. I was unable to upload a video.Abe-pic

Photos Help, Thanks. Abe is very thin, scales are dull. He is very sick.
Survival rate is greatly improved by seeing a reptile veterinarian. Use ARAV.ORG and go online to find reptile veterinarian in area and please make appointment.
At 10 years of age, I'm concerned about kidney disease and cancer, as well as other problems.
Customer

Ok, so besides the pedialyte bath, there is nothing we can do besides taking him to a reptile vet?

Customer

How long do Leopard Geckos typically live?

Very good question, typical life span as a pet is 8-10 years. Abe is senior
Use very small rubber spatula to open mouth and feed Fluckers Repta Boost from PetSmart or Amazon
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