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  • bardlock24
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    Bump for the parasite negative update. Ugh.

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  • Mechanical8Dragon
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    oooh i see @_@ nvm then. yes I'm almost certain it's parasites.. or some underlying disease going on.over a year and only 1 gram in weight gain is just not right... and your husbandry seems perfectly fine...

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  • bardlock24
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    Originally posted by Mechanical8Dragon View Post
    Outside of genetics or parasites I'd have no clue how a gecko can go almost a year and not gain any weight @_@ you got me stumped at that one. Hopefully others will chime in, but yeah i think a vet will hopefully be able to point you in the right direction.

    Crickets are nasty, I hate em. As for dubia, I'd like to think some pet stores may have them? But i'd be so uncomfortable buying from chain stores, from what i've seen their usually way overpriced for what they are (bugs, omg) and half the container is usually dead. Wish I could help ya in that aspect. I breed my roaches, got loads of em @_@

    at least in her 'then and now' pics, she looks like she plumped up somewhat between the two, so that's good. Unless she's just an extreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeemely slow grower, but that would baffle me if she were.
    The last picture under the update is the before, the two above are the yesterday pics. The ones where she looks skeletal. T~T

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  • TAD
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    Our PetSmart and Petco stores carry dubias, they have small containers of them for around $7 - still probably more than you need, but maybe over-buying is better than none if you're trying to help her grow? A container would at least last you a couple of weeks, I would think. I hope the vet visit helps you out. She looks healthy, just small.

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  • Mechanical8Dragon
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    Outside of genetics or parasites I'd have no clue how a gecko can go almost a year and not gain any weight @_@ you got me stumped at that one. Hopefully others will chime in, but yeah i think a vet will hopefully be able to point you in the right direction.

    Crickets are nasty, I hate em. As for dubia, I'd like to think some pet stores may have them? But i'd be so uncomfortable buying from chain stores, from what i've seen their usually way overpriced for what they are (bugs, omg) and half the container is usually dead. Wish I could help ya in that aspect. I breed my roaches, got loads of em @_@

    at least in her 'then and now' pics, she looks like she plumped up somewhat between the two, so that's good. Unless she's just an extreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeemely slow grower, but that would baffle me if she were.

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  • bardlock24
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    I'm taking her to the vet on Monday, but I've never been able to get a fresh stool sample. I'm actually a former veterinary nurse that used to work at the exotics vet, so I know they should be able to get a slide from her vent. It just bugs me so much because I can't imagine where she could've gotten parasites, other than with the breeder before I got her. But she looked so good when she arrived. I've only ever fed her Repashy and Pangea, never a single cricket. I've been considering trying crickets, but I've always been terrified to use them because of the parasites (go figure). We saw them in the clinic all the time for parasites from crickets. I'd love to try dubias, but I don't know of anywhere I can pick them up in person. I don't want to buy from online because I'd only need like, 2 of them, and not a bushel. UGH.

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  • Mechanical8Dragon
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    Have you taken in a fresh stool sample to the vet to check for parasites? They can very easily stunt the growth of a gecko. I would make that your top priority atm.

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  • bardlock24
    started a topic HELP! Garg- no weight gain in a year!

    HELP! Garg- no weight gain in a year!

    Hey everyone.

    So I feel like I'm losing my mind, but I need advice about my "baby" gargoyle. I've been struggling for months over trying to get her to eat. I can count on one hand how many times I've seen licks out of her food. I now put two different types of powdered food in there (Pangea and Repashy), on the ground and in a magnetic wall ledge. They're both accessible and she should know where they're at. I'm in school full-time and it's hard to keep a hold of time, but I realized recently that I've been doing this dance for 8 months now. I try not to get her out very often because she hates me, but every time I get her out I feel like she's skinnier and skinnier.

    I pulled out her paperwork and was flabbergasted to see that she's now 14 months old. When I got her she was 8 grams. She's now 9 grams. At 14 months. She's been 9 grams now for at least 7 months.

    I'm worried that this is a train wreck that I've lost control over and there isn't anything I can do. I've got her in a 12x12x18 cage, but I've got a smaller one coming in the mail tomorrow in case that helps. I'm a jerk and didn't have any heat on her (my 10 year old Crestie has never needed heat/light, and my cats would've knocked it over and burned my house down 100 times over by now), but I've got heat ready to go when her new cage comes. I only occasionally see poo in her cage. It's blowing my mind, she must be eating something to still be alive after 8 months of "not eating", I just don't understand why she's letting herself waste away like this.

    I searched these (and many other) forums for advice, but didn't find much. So far I've got: try another cage, try heat, "they won't starve themselves", "they're slow growers" (I feel like zero growth in 8 months, and 9 grams at 14 months old isn't "slow" growing).

    UPDATE:
    She's parasite negative. -_- Back to square one I guess.


    Heeeeeeeeeellllllllllpppppppppppppp!!!
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    Update: Found pics of the first day I got her, 8 months ago, for comparison. I hadn't looked at the two images side-by-side until now and it's breaking my heart.
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    Last edited by bardlock24; 06-20-2017, 11:49 PM. Reason: Added pictures
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