I am new to this site but wondered if anyone can give me some advice.
We have 2 Leopard Geckos (male & female) that are now 10 years old that we have had since baby’s.
Both of them have always been healthy but around Christmas time we started to notice that our male gecko (Mr Man) was starting to lose a weight from his tail.
It was at Christmas when our local pet shop ran out of crickets and wax worms due to the bad weather so we bought some mealworms instead. We had never fed them mealworms before but the pet shop said they love them.
After we started to feed them these we noticed that one of the geckos was being sick and bringing up partially digested mealworms but didn’t know which one at the time. We stopped feeding them these and got some crickets and wax worms.
It was at the same time that we noticed our male gecko was drinking a lot of water and having really big wee's but we thought that maybe he was getting too hot.
Once we started feeding the wax worms and crickets again there was no more sicks in the tank so thought all was ok. But Mr Man still kept losing weight from his tail and drinking a lot.
Around 2 weeks ago we decided to lower the bulb from a 75w to 60w to see if that helped, and he did stop drinking as much as he was.
But around a week ago the being sick started up again but this time it was while we were in the room so we saw that it was the male gecko, he has also been doing a lot of standing and staring (mainly at the water dish) for quite a while. At first we maybe thought it was old age and maybe going a little strange, but now every time we feed him he is sick. He manages to keep the food down for 2/3 days and then he will be sick. There has also been a watery substance with the brought up food, and the last twice he was sick the liquid was darker (brownish), and he is now getting more and more lethargic and his tail is really thin.
We took him to the vet yesterday and she said she doesn’t really know what’s wrong with him and that it is probably his liver starting to fail and said there is nothing we can do.
She has prescribed some Baytril 0.5ml to be given every other day and some Zantac syrup 300ml 0.5ml every day.He will take the Baytril but hates the Zantac. She also said to put the 75w bulb back in to help.
We are really worried about him as we don’t know what’s suddenly caused him to be poorly and wondered if anyone has any idea of what could be wrong?
Both geckos have always been on sand since they were old enough, and we have an infrared heat bulb in the tank and we try to keep the warm side between 80/90 degrees.
Many thanks in advance for you help.