Leopard geckos are one of the most loved reptiles knowing that they are very easy to take care and deal with. However, this does not mean that leopard geckos are exempted from acquiring an illness. Identifying a sick leopard gecko is quite difficult especially if you are not working closely with your pet gecko. You need to keep an eye to your leopard gecko and watch for subtle signs of illness especially during the first 24 months of their lives. Young leopard geckos are the most vulnerable to acquire illness because their bodies is still under developed
The most important indicator of the health condition of your leopard gecko is the appetite. Once your leopard gecko stops eating, then there is definitely something wrong. If you notice that your leopard gecko has stopped eating for a week, you really have to act fast. You need not worry if your gecko did not eat for 1 or 2 days. Geckos are not supposed to eat everyday.
But a week long without having any meal is a different story. If this happens, definitely there is something wrong with your leopard gecko. Crickets are one of their favorite meals. If it is left untouched; you should go immediately to a veterinarian. If the leopard gecko has not been eating for quite a long time, you’ll notice that his tail will shrink and he becomes lethargic. If you gecko was once an energetic and moves a lot, then suddenly it becomes very still, you need to have your gecko checked by a veterinarian as soon as possible. However finding a veterinarian who specializes in reptiles is not that easy. This is another dilemma that you have to deal with.
Mostly, the main factor which causes problems with your leopard gecko is malnutrition, stress, parasitic infestation, and impaction. So to avoid any problems, it is much better to prevent these causative factors. Make sure that you keep the appropriate temperature in your gecko’s enclosure. You also need to make sure that your gecko is not stressed by other animals and that he is not eating any loose substance. But if you’re gecko already has the problem, you do not have a choice but to bring him to the right person for proper treatment. It may cost you to bring your gecko to a veterinarian but it will also save your gecko’s life.
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