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    Sick/Injured Gecko

    I have a female Golden Gecko. I've had her for about a year. She is an extremely enthusiastic eater and she has a very assertive nature. There is a Skunk Gecko in her tank as well. I know I need to split them up because her love of food keeps the Skunk Gecko from getting enough to eat. But lack of funds has prevented me from being able to get an additional set up. Saturday night I put 5 small crickets in the tank. Sunday morning I awoke to find the Golden Gecko laying on her back on the bottom of the tank. I picked her up and she was still alive but unable to move much. I held her in my hand for a couple of hours to try and warm her up. She would twitch her back legs and "wag" her tail. And she held onto my thumb with her front legs. Every 20 or 30 minutes she would tense up from nose to the tip of her tail and then she would slowly go limp again. I honestly expected her to pass at any moment. After a few hours of holding her she tried to bite me so I figured she must be feeling better! I set up a small (2 gallon) tank for her and put her in it. I placed a heat lamp over it (not close enough to endanger her) to keep her warm. She just lays in the same spot but she will lift her head and look at me. I've gotten her to drink water from a needleless syringe twice (yesterday evening and this morning). She can lift her head and pull herself with her front legs but she doesn't seem to have any control over her back legs and her tail just lays there except the tip of it wiggles sometimes.

    What in the world has happened to her? At first I thought that maybe she ate all 5 crickets herself and ruptured her stomach but if that were the case wouldn't she be gone by now? I thought maybe it was a cramp from over eating - kind of like we get after Thanksgiving dinner when it literally hurts to move - but that wouldn't cause her to lose the use of her back legs. I just don't know what to do for her.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.






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    Re: Sick/Injured Gecko

    Ok, first they need to be separated. You know this, Do this by any means possible. A $5 storage tote would work.

    Your gecko is sick. She needs a vet. We cannot diagnose problems like that over the internet. Part of owning a pet is being able to take it to a vet.
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    Re: Sick/Injured Gecko

    Any recommendations on what to do for her until I can get her to a vet?

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    It sounds like your gecko is having seizures! This is serious.
    Any recommendations on what to do for her until I can get her to a vet?
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    Re: Sick/Injured Gecko

    All geckos are fragile in one way or another, Golden's are especially challenging (in my opinion). I have to say that a Herp vet is the only responsible option. I really hope that it is not too late and you both recover fully!
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    Re: Sick/Injured Gecko

    I called the vet and he said it sounds like MBD. He recommended mixing fruit baby food, a calcium supplement and some water together and trying to feed it to her with the needleless syringe. She wanted nothing to do with it and wouldn't take water either. We had an appointment yesterday afternoon but she passed away yesterday morning.

    My other gecko seems to be doing fine but the vet recommended doing the baby food and calcium mixture for him two or three times a week to get some extra calcium in him since he is probably deficient as well.

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    Re: Sick/Injured Gecko

    Have you been giving Calcium before? Did the vet actually SEE the other gecko? MBD is something you can see.
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    Re: Sick/Injured Gecko

    I'm sorry to hear about your loss.

    MBD is not exactly something that shows up overnight and it tends to affect more of the skeletal structure, jaw etc. I would wonder if that was the right diagnosis.....

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    Re: Sick/Injured Gecko

    No, I haven't been supplementing calcium. I thought that as long as I was gut loading the crickets, the geckos were eating healthy and getting what they needed. I realize how wrong I was. I also have a White's Tree Frog who eats crickets and earthworms. I've never dusted his crickets either. Should I be dusting them?

    The vet did not see my second gecko. The vet said as long as he is still eating and isn't lethargic, he didn't need to see him. To start supplementing with calcium and keep an eye on him.

    Thank you brandon. I'm glad that she isn't suffering anymore but it hurts to lose a pet, especially when you know it was preventable.

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    It is an opportunity for you to take a step back and consider reviewing your knowledge and the care you are providing. We have all made mistakes, I am sorry for your loss.
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