Reptiles/leopard gecko

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Hi,
Our son has had a leopard gecko for three years, since it was a baby. It has done fine until the past 2 months when it has stopped eating, losing weight, and not removing all his skin when shedding(we have to finish it for him). He usually gets crickets with meal worms as a treat occasioanlly. He is losing a lot of weight and only eating spordically. His stool seems normal, not runny. There was a period last year when we changed out his typically florring with sand and changed it back when he didn't like it. Nothing else has changed. We live 45+ miles from any vet that might see him, is there anything we can buy to help him??? Thank you!

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Hello Wes,

I am sorry about your son's gecko.  I have seen a lot of geckos have trouble with shedding.  
Are you giving him calcium several times a week & vitamins once a week or so?
What are the temperatures like in his tank?
Based on how it sounds, he could have worms or parasites.  Crickets are known to carry pinworms.  Where do you buy the crickets from?  
You could try deworming him, to see if that helps out.
Does he appear to have retained eye caps?  Are you providing a moist, humid hide/cave for him on the warm end to help with shedding?

Do you have any pictures of him?
If he is not eating & is losing weight, I would get some chicken or turkey baby food to feed to him with a plastic dropper or syringe.
I sell dewormer if you want to try deworming him, or you can try going by your local feed store to see if they carry Panacur.

Let me know how he is doing.

Tracie

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Tracie Kretzschmar

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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.

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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.

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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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