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Hi! I'm Dr. Michelle and would like to help you with Reptar.
I have 10 years of experience in small animals and pocket pets
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I am sorry to hear that Reptar is not eating. There can be a few underlying reasons why:
1) Substrat impaction
2) Intestinal parasites
If Reptar is continuing to not eat over the next 3-4 days, then I would recommend examination with an exotic veterinarian or a general practitioner that is familiar with geckos.
At home treatment:
1) Soak for 1 hour a day
2) Force food Oxbow Carnivore Care
If he is having problems hunting and holding things in his mouth then I would be mostly concerned with metabolic bone disease. He may need injections to start with the calcium supplementation along with additional supportive care. This can be obtained from a veterinarian and they will take X-rays to determine if it is MBD.
MBD is still possible but of course there can still be the other possible underlying causes as well.
I can provide an estimate but each vet will be different and location in the States can cause variation:
1) Exam - $65.00
2) X-rays - $85.00
3) Bloodwork - $125.00
4) Medication - $50-$125
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This is the variation that I recommend for geckos:
here are six invertebrates sold commercially, including the commercial cricket (Acheta domesticus), mealworm (Tenebrio molitor), superworm (Zoophobias morio), waxworm larva (Galleria mellonella), fruit fly (Drosophila spp.), and earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris). The primary advantage to using these invertebrates is that they are readily available through most pet distributors year-round. Unfortunately, these prey items do not provide a complete and balanced diet for an insectivore. Most of these invertebrates are deficient in calcium, the exception being earthworms maintained in high calcium soils. Feeding or "gut-loading" commercial invertebrates prior to offering them to a dragon can help to increase the mineral content of the prey items. Dusting the prey item with a calcium carbonate powder may also help to increase the calcium content of the prey items.
Yes sorry about that. I have been chatting about bearded dragons as well this morning.
Yes correct. Red Wigglers are Eisenia fetida
Understand. This site does not have all of the insects mentions but does have some: https://dubiaroaches.com/pages/bugs-for-sale
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