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  • Urgent advice needed - calcium deficiency

    I have a chahoua gecko that’s undergoing calcium problems – it’s had swollen hips and a chubby back leg for over a week now. I have also noticed a kink in one toe and more tail kinks developing.
    I would like to start giving it Repashy Rescue Cal. From what I’ve seen about 0.1ml per 100g seems to be the recommended dose, which works out at about 0.04ml for my gecko. Some sites suggest daily treatment but I would like to hear people’s opinions on this. I’d hugely appreciate it if anyone who has used Rescue Cal could help out.

    I decided to get a specialist vet’s opinion but they did not seem to be familiar with this species or rhacs in general. I won’t discuss much publicly as I absolutely don’t want to be disrespectful to the vet, but the treatment they suggested is largely irrelevant to the actual problem. An x-ray showed definite low bone density, in addition to the external muscle swelling, so I’m questioning why a liquid calcium treatment was not prescribed.

    Some background – the chewie’s a very erratic feeder and we’ve had trouble with her for several months, and I believe this is the cause of the deficiency. My other idea was calcium crashes due to her laying infertile eggs, but I’ve not found any in the tank yet.
    I’ve been hand-feeding various Pangea FM flavours every other night. I understand some keepers disapprove of hand-feeding, and that’s fine, but it’s the only way I can ensure it is feeding at present. I dust insects (crickets, dubias, waxworms etc.) with Repashy Calcium Plus and offer them about once a week, but it mostly refuses them – which is apparently odd for a chahoua as they’re supposed to relish bugs. The set-up (bioactive) is at room temp with an 82F hotspot, 5.0 UVB bulb and a humidity cycle of 50 to 90%.

    I understand I’m just a novice keeper and all, and I know I would be taking a big risk by treating the animal myself without the advice of a vet. But I cannot get to a different exotics vet at this time, and I don't want to just leave the problem to develop even further.
    0.1.0 C. ciliatus (Hari)
    1.0.0 E. macularius (Sol)
    0.1.0 M. chahoua (Kodama)

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    I have no experience using Rescue Cal, so I can not give you any advice on that, only on what to do to get a healthy amount of calcium into a healthy chahoua.

    I have my baby since January. He grew from 6.5 g to 33 g since then, is healthy and has no tail kinks. I also have to hand feed him sometimes to make sure he eats his Pangea, and not just insects. I generously dust his insects to avoid calcium deficiency. One thing I noticed is that all my geckos are sensitive to what I dust the insects with. I normally use Miner-All, which they love (apparently it has some berry flavor added to it). Then I added some bee pollen and at first they refused to eat insects dusted with that, even though they are all quite insect-crazy. I also use Repashy SuperLoad to get some extra calcium into the insects.
    So maybe you could try dusting the insects with a different calcium powder to see if she likes it better. You can also pick smaller insects (larger surface area - > more calcium) or lightly spray the insects before dusting them, so that more calcium sticks.

    I think you first have to get her calcium levels up with the Rescue Cal, these are just some ideas to help you prevent the next calcium crash.
    All the best for you and your gecko!
    1.2.1 Crested Geckos "Jackson Pollock", "Pumpkin Spice", "Nibbler", "Keikishoku" 1.0.0 Chahoua "Urmel" 1.1 Red eared sliders "Freddy Krueger" (25 years) and "Mucki" (45 years) RIP Peppermint (Green Anole)

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    • #3
      Thanks for the help Lucia I might get some Miner-All to try it out; my bank account is not going to like me after the vet fees I've had to pay out, but it's something that has to be done. I've even thought of wacky stuff like blending/mashing dusted crickets (eww) to get her to eat her bugs, or perhaps using Repashy's new Grub Pie. I'm going to try a few different ideas out eventually, but like you said I'm going to focus on increasing her calcium levels first. It isn't as severe as the other calcium deficiency I had to deal with, but I'm determined not to let it get any worse. I've not received my Rescue Cal yet, but hopefully soon.
      0.1.0 C. ciliatus (Hari)
      1.0.0 E. macularius (Sol)
      0.1.0 M. chahoua (Kodama)

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      • #4
        One of my crests did not want to eat roaches at first, so I dipped them in Pangea and held the roaches in front of his nose (using tweezers). He got the idea pretty quickly. At the moment, dipping roaches into Pangea would rather help to get him to eat his Pangea, since he became quite addicted to the roaches.
        1.2.1 Crested Geckos "Jackson Pollock", "Pumpkin Spice", "Nibbler", "Keikishoku" 1.0.0 Chahoua "Urmel" 1.1 Red eared sliders "Freddy Krueger" (25 years) and "Mucki" (45 years) RIP Peppermint (Green Anole)

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