Reptiles/Leo gecko


Hi my vet diagnosed my Leo with mouth rot after saying he had gas now I am having to force feed him food and antibiotic at the same time. After the second feeding he has developed a lump on the right side of his body and his mouth bleed pretty bad and after feeding today he still bleed but now he is breathing funny and some of the food came out of his left nostril. Is this ok and usual? I cried so hard the first night when feeding him but their has to be an easier way right? Please help I just want to make sure I'm not hurting him?

Hello Rachil,

I am sorry about the mouth rot.  Which antibiotic is Leo on & the amount?
Can you post a picture of him & the lump so I can see it?   
Did you hurt him when using the syringe to feed him?  
Could he have aspirated some of that food possibly if it came out of his nose?
You can use a swab to try & open his mouth & slowly squirt the food into his mouth to the side to avoid aspirating the liquids.  
How is he doing tonight?



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Tracie Kretzschmar


I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.


I have been working with bearded dragons for over 5 years now, as well as leopard geckos, too. I am currently doing rescues, as well. I hope to be able to educate people prior to them purchasing an exotic pet in order to avoid any health crisis with them.

I have a master's degree in sports medicine & physiology, & 1 year of vet tech schooling, & am currently working on a reptile certification through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

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