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Help With Rescued Gecko !!!

Discussion in 'Leopard Geckos - Eublepharis' started by carley, May 5, 2012.

  1. carley

    carley Gecko Egg

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    i rescued this gecko from a friend , my friend is not very knowledgeable with pets . when the geckos lamps ran out she didn't buy new ones , she thought that having the geckos tank on the fireplace mantle for the winter would be fine ( obviously not ) . i gave her some moss for the geckos moist hide and when she ran out of it she just didn't get any more. And when she ran out of bugs to feed her she didn't get more for about 2 weeks .the poor gecko went months without heat or moss to shed or food. when she tried to shed it got caught in her eyes , witch has led to blindness . her eyes are crusted over and i don't know what to do. what i have been doing is : shallow warm soaks , drops of veggie oil on her eyes , and i feed her leopard gecko food ( dried flies ) , meal worms ( baby ones because she's to weak to chew big ones ) , calcium and water.is there anything else i can do ?? please help !!!
  2. Amanda1

    Amanda1 Adult Gecko 3 Year Member

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    Wow, I'm glad you found her! I would get her to a vet ASAP if that's possible, and try giving her some Repta-Aid or Repta-Boost, which will help her build up some strength. Don't giver her too much at first; you don't want to overwhelm her system. If she can't see then decapitating the mealworms will make them easier to find, since they will smell pretty strongly. What you are doing sounds like a great start though, and I don't have experience with leos (assuming she's a leo?) so hopefully someone else will chime in soon...Good luck though, and keep us posted!
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  3. Caleb C

    Caleb C Adult Gecko

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    Good thing you rescued him/her. Take a pic and upload it, and is the tail super skinny?
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    Apocalypse910 Adult Gecko 3 Year Member

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    Amanda pretty much nailed it on the food and nutrition recommendations. Repat-aid is a really good way to get calories into a sick gecko but they won't thrive on it long term - I've had huge success with giving decapitated meal worms to a gecko with impaired vision.

    I would suggest that you have a vet look at her eyes ASAP. They may very well be infected an should be treatable with an antibiotic eye ointment. I've had this happen before with my geckos and it was fairly reasonable cost wise to get treated. I'd also strongly suggest a multivitamin supplement, retained sheds and yellow buildup around the eyes and vent can be the result of a vitamin A deficiency as well as insufficient humidity.

    http://www.universityvet.com/resource/eye-and-skin-problems-leopard-geckos
    http://www.azeah.com/Care-Sheets.asp?id=117 (graphic)
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    LeoLover Adult Gecko 3 Year Member

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    Pretty much what everyone else said... I just wanted to mention that I hopefully the blindness is reversible, once you get the old shed off her eyes. The best thing you can do after a vet visit, is let them rest. Geckos depend on taste as much as sight to get around. If the tail still has fat reserves, just give her heat and a moist hide. Her next shed could help get the stuck pieces off too.
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    Eve Saint Adult Gecko

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    I really dont know if this might help but there is this cool spray I bought for my reptiles that helps condition the skin regardless of whether or not the lizard has shedding problems it can still be used. It is gentle and might help with skin issues. zoo-med-repti-shedding-ai.jpg
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    Josh Administrator Staff Member 3 Year Member

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    Any updates on how this little rescue is going? Were you able to snap some photos of her?