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RE: Day gecko with solidified calcium sacs

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Posted by: Geckoranch at Fri Mar 4 13:00:46 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Geckoranch ]  
   

From the info you are supplying here she sounds run down (incomplete shed, lack of eggs, lethargy, off-color, can't catch crickets to eat?) and likely hypocalcemic. To get her to stabilize I would use Allen Repashy's Rescue Cal, a powder you mix with warm or boiling water to create a liquid calcium that goes right in the bloodstream. I have attached a picture of the label, I can send a spec sheet if you like (or anyone else). This stuff works fast and more effectively than the other common remedy of Calcium glubionate, which is really hard to find nowadays. You could mix it into her food or give it to her orally.

A non-domestic veterinarian I know and trust feels that oral D3 may be problematic for certain reptiles, which affects their processing of Calcium, and full spectrum lighting may be a better way to supply it. Many products on the market have what many consider is an overdose of D3 for geckos. The regimen of RepCal and Herptivite you are using does not work (used it for many years here with same results as you) for female P. standingi that are adult breeders so I would phase that out for sure and switch to Calcium Plus (middle of the road D3, less than RepCal) for now with full-spectrum lighting you are doing and hope eventually it will decrease the size of those sacs.

Be advised full-spectrum lighting my need to be replaced as often as 6 months, it is a good idea to put a date sticker on the housing somewhere so you can keep track of that and follow the manufacturer's directions.

I would also switch to the Day Gecko food I helped develop at the Gecko Ranch Allen Repashy just came out with to drastically improve her nutrition over the carb load of babyfood. It has the same nutrients (protein, Calcium Plus and a lot more) as Crested Gecko Diet, and a flavor combo they can't resist (Fig and Cherry). I haven't used any baby food here on my Phelsuma since Crested Gecko Diet came out many years back!

Please keep us posted on how she does. I have another non-domestic vet interested in the case, so I will post any relevant details as they become available.
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