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Discussion in 'Geckos - Other' started by michaela, May 14, 2015.

  1. michaela

    michaela Member

    My Grossmanni stopped eating about three weeks ago. He looks like an absolute skeleton. And I don't know what to do, he is starting to move weird for the lack of nutrition. What could be wrong? I have tried deworming him, maybe he needs more? HELP?!
     
  2. Helios

    Helios Elite Member

    Hi Michaela,

    Generally in trying to offer assistance via a forum, it's helpful if we have details about the way you're keeping the gecko: ie, enclosure, humidity, temps, etc. In this case, if your gecko has really not had any or very little food for three weeks, you need to get to a vet asap. I don't mean to alarm you, but the reality is you may not have much time.
    That said, if you want to provide additional details I'm sure we would be happy to try and help you figure out what's gone on. Hope he recovers.

    -Weston
     
  3. michaela

    michaela Member

    We do not have veterinarians in my area that assist in reptiles or really many exotics.w
    we do not have veteeinrians in my area that assist in reptiles or exotics at all for that matter. His tank sits at about 25-35 degrees celcius. Humidity is around 60%. He is kept in a standard tank it about 35gl. He has always been fed crickets as anything else I have offered he won't take. He had an extremely bad start to life but I have had him now for nearly three years. He hardly moves and looks so different. Should I euthanize him? Is it too late? I have been trying everything I can think of but there is little information about this species.
     
  4. michaela

    michaela Member

    He had also stopped drinking water, he started drinking again yesterday. He is weak and basically emaciated. It all happened so fast, I feel like it somehow my fault. If there is little to no hope I don't want him to suffer anymore. How would I go about with if that is the best option? I've never had to do this with a reptile before. I've never had a pet get this sick to be honest. Not in a way i couldn't help or a way I didn't know what it was.
     
  5. DragonSlayer

    DragonSlayer Established Member

    GEt a small syringe and some baby food and start force feeding if you can not get him to a vet.
    Get the smallest syringe you can.
    And most Vets may not be reptile experts, most will look at them at least.
     
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  6. michaela

    michaela Member

    What kind of baby food? Meat protein or a vegetable and fruit one? Would an infant seringe work? Is there anything I can put in his water that he can drink to get nutrients? Thank you for the help thus far
     
  7. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    Hi, can you put a few photos up of the whole enclosure (and the lizard without disturbing it too much)?
    I do not recommend force feeding (it`s extremely stressful and the immune system is already compromised), if the animal has a health problem food may not necessarily help just now.
    I`d also like to ask how you measure the temps and humidity?
     
  8. michaela

    michaela Member

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    I have the exotera thermomitor and humidity thing. I don't have any full photos of the tank but I have a few upclose pictures. They aren't very good my camera on my phone sucks. I will upload when I get off work.
     
  9. michaela

    michaela Member

    I have kept everything consistent since I adopted him three years ago, no change in environment and no change in his food. He just stopped eating, he does this sometimes for maybe a week but not this long. Over the last week he looks emaciated he is half the size he normally would be. I don't want him to suffer anymore :(
     
  10. michaela

    michaela Member

    As you can see his bones are protruding, this just happened over the last few days. Can he be helped? At this point I have tried anything I can come up with, I'm feeling euthanasia would be best but don't want to if he has a chance. I just don't want him suffering anymore. I took him in to give him a better life than he had and I feel like I'm failing him
     

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  11. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    I don`t know the brand, is it a digital hygrometer or analogue?
     
  12. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member


    If the Gecko was in good physical condition just a few days ago there`s something seriously wrong, do you have any photos of him from a week or so ago?
     
  13. michaela

    michaela Member

    I don't, he was getting thin over the past few weeks but not at a level like this. He often self regulates and loses a bit. This is going on a month of refusing to eat :(
     
  14. michaela

    michaela Member

    Analogue
     
  15. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    What do you mean "self regulates"?
     
  16. michaela

    michaela Member

    Self regulates his eating. As in he isn't like some animals that gorge. He regulates himself and only eats if he is actually hungry. That has always been normal. For a few days or week at most. I've tried changing his protein, deworming, I bought a new UV. I'm lost as to what to do.
     
  17. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    You haven`t said if the hygrometer is analogue or digital, and why did you deworm, also what type of UVB bulb/tube are you using?
     
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  18. michaela

    michaela Member

    Its analogue. I dewormed him as it was what was suspected originally as the problem. As he was losing some weight and wasn't eating. I'm not sure I bought it at the pet store, the gentlemen working there selected it for me.
     
  19. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    The analogue gauges can be quite inaccurate (as much as 15%+) which means you/we have no idea what the temps and humidity really are.
    How did the petshop man decide on the dosage of the dewormer?
    I think there`s a chance the lack of appetite may be due to the conditions in the enclosure.
    Even if the photos aren`t that great can you take a few of the whole enclosure anyway and put them up, and I`d like to ask what type of heating are you using?
    May I ask which country you live in?
     
  20. michaela

    michaela Member

    Its an exotera heating pad, his environment hasn't ever changed in three years I have had him. He originally came in a dessert themed mesh cage with another male grossmanni and three anoles. He was in rough shape! I have fake and live plants, I use peetmoss as the 'bedding'. And he has a couple logs, he favored a few I entinally gave him so I always kept those for him. I can upload pictures when I get home.
     

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