My leopard gecko hasn't eaten in 4 days and shows no interest in food. Today he seemed even a little more active than

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Customer: My leopard gecko hasn't eaten in 4 days and shows no interest in food
JA: I'll do all I can to help. A lack of appetite can seem worrying. Does the leopard gecko also seem more tired than usual?
Customer: No, today he seemed even a little more active than I'm used to
JA: Does the leopard gecko seem to be in any pain?
Customer: No
JA: What's the leopard gecko's name?
Customer: Reptar
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: I got him when he was very malnourished but got him to bulk up to a healthier size. He used to eat every day since he was underweight but moved to every other day/every 3 days but now it has 4 days and he shows no interest in food
Answered by Dr. Michelle in 6 hours 2 years ago
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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

3) Hyperparathyroidism

4) Infection

5) Other

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

Hi,I took Reptar from a neglectful owner so he was very skinny and did not have a huge appetite and had shed stuck on his toes. I helped him shed and I fed him every day until he started refusing food about every other/every 3 days (a couple weeks ago). At that point he was a much healthier weight and shed quite a few times as he grew.I skipped offering food the two days he usually refuses and then tried to feed him two nights ago and last night. He is not even interested in the mealworms, which he always loves. He has always had trouble hunting and holding things in his mouth so I dont think crickets would be a great option. But obviously now that he's not eating he's also not getting his calcium. I just don't know what to do.
I left mealworms in his tank for him last night, 3 in each feeder. But he doesn't even look at them

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.

Okay, what if he was really bad at it at it when he was malnourished and greatly improved as he got healthier? Still possible MBD?

MBD is still possible but of course there can still be the other possible underlying causes as well.

Okay. Do you have an estimate of what you think taking him to the vet would cost?

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

Okay, thank you. Do you think I should offer a different bug?

You are welcome.

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.

Sorry, you said dragon, you meant leopard gecko right?

Yes sorry about that. I have been chatting about bearded dragons as well this morning.

Red wigglers are...different than earthworms right?

Yes correct. Red Wigglers are Eisenia fetida

Okay, I ask because my petco has a horrible selection of bugs

Understand. This site does not have all of the insects mentions but does have some:

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