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    OVERVIEW: Strange swelling around eye leads vet to believe it is an infection. After days of unsuccessful treatment it is discovered it is not an infection at all and is then treated effectively

    Over the past few days my gecko and I have been through a bit of a scare. I want to describe our ordeal in detail so that if other people encounter the same issue that afflicted him it may be more easily identified and taken care of.

    
 Starting on the night of July 19th I noticed a lot of swelling around his eye and cheek. It was mostly swollen along his cheek and the back of his eye, but wrapped around and came back down the front of his eye. In the picture below I have highlighted the swollen area in red:

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    My exotics vet is closed on the weekends and I could not get him seen until Monday morning on the 21st. I contacted some of my friends who are crested gecko breeders to see if they have ever encountered a similar issue and to see what I could do for my gecko in the meantime until the vet opens back up. None of the breeders had ever encountered anything like it and agreed that he should be taken to the vet. I sterilized everything and began giving him a sauna every day.

    
 I took him into the vet the morning of the 21st and he was examined by an exotics vet. She believed his inflammation to be caused by an infection and prescribed him an oral antibiotic (Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim) to be taken once every other day and I was sent home. His eye only continued to get more and more swollen, distorting the shape of the skin around his eye and pulling it taught in places that it shouldn't be.

    

 I returned to the vet on the 25th as things were not improving. I was told to continue the oral antibiotic and I was also given eyedrops (Tobramycin) to be administered once every 8 hours. The eye drops really concerned me, however, and I began to wonder if I should get a second opinion. Crested geckos have a scale over their eye, and any eyedrops that I administered simply sat on the surface until he licked them off. It made me nervous with him ingesting something that is only supposed to go in his eye. His swelling began noticeably fluctuating between slightly puffy and very swollen every couple of hours. The crests over his eye kept collapsing and he would become distraught and kick at his eye with his hind leg, trying to right the crests.

    

 On the 28th I scheduled an appointment for a second opinion with a different vet. He told me to stop the eyedrops immediately and seemed pretty upset that they were ever prescribed. He worried that they would only cause more irritation and inflammation of the area, and were definitely not going to help my gecko. He took my gecko off of the antibiotics and the eyedrops and instead prescribed Baytril. He said that it was definitely not an infection or an abscess and that it was just fluid trapped in his Harderian duct, which explains its fluctuation throughout the day as the fluid drained and refilled.

    

 Since that visit his condition has improved immensely. The swelling has gone down and it is hardly noticeable. I hope this experience may help some future geckos and gecko owners and I will continue updating on his recovery.

    Here he is with noticeably less swelling, and sorry for the poor-quality cell phone pictures but I didn't have access to a nice camera to document this ordeal:

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    So glad you got a second opinion and a correct one! Thank you for posting.

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    • #3
      Thanks for the informative post Emmy. Its interesting that you noted the eye drops would be ineffective due to the scalation over the eyes. Good pick-up! The devil is in the details
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      • #4
        Very interesting! Thanks for posting this educational experience.
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        • #5
          Thanks guys! I'm glad people found it informative I don't want anyone or their geckos to go through the heartache that we went through trying to figure out what was wrong. It was very distressing to watch your animal's condition worsen while on treatment (albeit the wrong treatment)
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          • #6
            Poor guy; I'm glad that things are better for him now. I appreciate you sharing this info, as I am very cautious with vets and prescriptions because of this sort of thing happening. I have been trying to double check what they give me for my critters, but you can only figure out so much by doing internet searches. My gecko with a slightly unhappy looking stub tail is also getting Baytril for antibiotics and topical flamazine/silver sulfadiazine.

            I wonder if there is a list out there somewhere about what meds people have had success with for their geckos and/or a list of what not to give?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by OctopusMafia View Post
              Poor guy; I'm glad that things are better for him now. I appreciate you sharing this info, as I am very cautious with vets and prescriptions because of this sort of thing happening. I have been trying to double check what they give me for my critters, but you can only figure out so much by doing internet searches. My gecko with a slightly unhappy looking stub tail is also getting Baytril for antibiotics and topical flamazine/silver sulfadiazine.

              I wonder if there is a list out there somewhere about what meds people have had success with for their geckos and/or a list of what not to give?
              I don't know if there is such a list but I wish it existed!
              It's a shame that, even among exotics vets, knowledge of certain species various significantly. Even the second vet that I saw admitted that he hadn't had many people bring in crested geckos. I find it odd that very little veterinary experience exists with such a popular species, which is another reason I felt obligated to share our experience.
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              • #8
                Update

                Update on Schrodinger:

                You would never have even known his eye was swollen as badly as it was just a few short weeks ago. He has made a full recovery, Baytril certainly did the trick. He is doing wonderfully now and is blossoming as he matures. I'm so glad we were able to have his condition identified and resolved as quickly as we did

                Here he is enjoying a cryptanthus and showing off his crazy pattern

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the update Emmy. So happy all turned out well for Schrodinger!
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                  • #10
                    Fantastic news, Emmy. Schrodinger is certainly becoming the cat's meow!
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                    • #11
                      Thanks guys! I will say he's not too shabby I'm very excited for his future and can not wait to see what he will mature into
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                      • #12
                        Emmy- you are a temptress! Unfortunately, living in Canada limits my choices. Black Jungle is a great resource for me.
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