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RE: Giant Day Gecko - Broken Jaw (1 side)

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Posted by: joeysgreen at Fri Jan 22 19:43:05 2010   [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by joeysgreen ]  
   

Unfortunately, day geckos are very finicky when it comes to calcium balance. IME, they are the most problematic species in that respect. Calcium supplementation is absolutely necessary as Kelly has said, but in addition UVB bulbs are immensely important. I've had problems such as you describe after using bulbs only slightly past their expiration date. In otherwords, they are small, high metabolism animals that succumb quickly to metabolic imbalances.

Unfortunately for your gecko, a humane euthanasia is probably the best option. See your vet for details. To pursue treatment, the fracture must be immoblized, and the underlying bone disease cured. With such a small animal, and one that needs to eat daily, this is a guarded prognosis. By all means, discuss this with your vet to see if it's something that you might want to try before deciding on euthanasia.

Good luck,

Ian


   

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