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    Hey,

    Sunday my husband was checking in on our geckos and noticed Bella's eye looked a little swollen. She's about 12 years old, 69 grams, only gecko in her cage. We gave her a sauna, scrubbed her cage and took all of the decor out. We decided to call and make an appointment with the vet Monday. Unfortunately, the earliest we could be seen was Tuesday. I worked remotely Monday, so I checked in on her periodically through out the day. I peaked in on her around 230, and was horrified. It got bigger and was now black and blue. I called the vet and asked where we should take her. They gave me the name of the hospital they're affiliated with. I called the hospital to make sure they were capable of treating her. They assured me someone there could treat her. We were there for four hours and were told they didn't know how to treat her. Assured me her breathing was fine (it's not).Gave us pain meds (metacam) and told us to keep the appointment we had Tuesday with the vet.

    Tuesday, I scoop her up and take her to the vet. The vet couldn't get Bella to open her mouth. Said she could sedate her to open her mouth, but they didn't have the proper monitoring equipment. Said Tufts has the proper equipment. She said she can't give us a definitive reason for the swelling because Bella refused to open her mouth. Agreed it looked bad, and her breathing was a bit concerning. She said it could be a number of things, abscess, bacterial infection, a mass or maybe she just hurt herself. They gave her a shot of antibiotics (Ceftazidime) and we are to give her a shot once every three days. If her breathing got worse or if the swelling increases, we were told to go to Tufts.

    Her energy level hasn't changed at all, and she's eating.

    The swelling has gone down slightly, and her breathing improved. My question, is have any of you seen anything like this?
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    Hey quick update on Bella... She opened her mouth for me last night and she definitely has an abcess or mass on the roof of her mouth on one side her calcium sack looks normal the other side has a purple/blue lump about the size of a pee right behind/under the Cal sack on the affected side... She has a appt with the reptile specialist near us tomorrow morning we have been monitoring her closely over the last few days and the swelling doesn't seem to be growing but it also doesn't seem to be going down at all either. Hopefully this vet can help our girl. We will keep updating this page as we get more info from the vet... Even though no one has chimed in to help yet hopefully this will help the next person dealing with this issue.

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    I am new to this and haven't heard or seen anything like it, so I appreciate your sharing your experience with us. I hope it is something that can be cured! Best of luck to you and your sweet Bella.
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    Update on my Bella:

    Specialist visit was Saturday. He was able to get her to open her mouth. He said she had two abscesses in her mouth and thought the location was weird. Said he would know more once he was in and scheduled the surgery for the next day.

    We just picked her up. He said her calcium sacks were infected. He's never seen anything like it. Has no idea what causes something like this. She did really well during the surgery and was super alert after. She's on antibiotics. She gets a shot once every 3 days. 10 doses total.

    Her eye looks so much better. Pics coming soon

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    I replied to this yesterday, but I guess it didn't go through? I'm glad she is doing better. Glad surgery went well. Can't wait to see her eye. That is very weird that her calcium sacs were infected. Did you give her extra calcium? I'm thinking maybe it was bad (old or wasn't made correctly?)? This is strange. I hope it doesn't happen again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovelyanddekstest View Post
    I replied to this yesterday, but I guess it didn't go through? I'm glad she is doing better. Glad surgery went well. Can't wait to see her eye. That is very weird that her calcium sacs were infected. Did you give her extra calcium? I'm thinking maybe it was bad (old or wasn't made correctly?)? This is strange. I hope it doesn't happen again.

    We haven't recently. I actually can't remember the last time we added extra calcium to the CGD. We have two other little nuggets and they're both ok.
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    That is terrifying, I'm so glad to here she is on the mend!
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    Update on Bella:

    She finished her round of antibiotics! But, she's now shaking when she walks. We feed her CGD (switch it out daily), she's eating, drinking, climbing and going to the bathroom. She just has quite the tremor. We scheduled an appointment for her tomorrow morning. I'm guessing it's a crash, the vet did say her sacs were leaking a little after the surgery.
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