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    Default Crested gecko... Swollen eye..purple lump roof of mouth

    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???
    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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    Ok so she went to the good vet today.... He was actually experienced handling and working on cresties and leopards... He got Bella to gape almost instantly. After her exam he says she has 2 abscesses and a double ear infections ... So she is staying there overnight and has surgery scheduled for tomorrow morning to drain the abscess. I am so worried about her but this vet actually seems competent and confident so I am hoping for a positive outcome.
    I will let y'all know more when we get her back after surgery.
    My poor Lil golden girl....

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    Ok so she went to the good vet today.... He was actually experienced handling and working on cresties and leopards... He got Bella to gape almost instantly. After her exam he says she has 2 abscesses and a double ear infections ... So she is staying there overnight and has surgery scheduled for tomorrow morning to drain the abscess. I am so worried about her but this vet actually seems competent and confident so I am hoping for a positive outcome.
    I will let y'all know more when we get her back after surgery.
    My poor Lil golden girl....

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    Awh I hope all goes well! He sounds like a good doc and thank you for providing her with a vet. Sorry but I haven't seen anything like this before, but I'm sure glad you have a Diagnosis . Ok another note, she is stunning.
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    Hey all.

    Bella is doing so much better. Doc said her calcium sacks were infected, he's never seen anything like it. She's on antibiotics for the next month (shot once every 3 days).

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    Hi everyone... Just wanted to tell everybody that after spending the last day and a half sleeping in her hide (had us a bit worried...I kept peeking in to make sure she was still breathing) she was awake and walking around the cage this morning. Also she ate like a 1/4 of her food dish and there was a fresh poop on the floor (hadn't seen any sense this started last week). So hopefully she is on the mend. We still have to give antibiotic shots for the next month and watch for regrowth on the abscess.

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