Leopard Gecko Bacterial Infections
Leopard gecko bacterial
infections are a common sequel to physical injuries that breaks
the integrity of the skin or the mucous membranes. It is most
commonly the result of physical
Leopard gecko injuries.
Leopard Gecko Abscess
A large percentage
of Leopard gecko infections will lead to abscessation,
especially without medical intervention. Once a
abscess started to form, it must be surgically debrided under
sedation or full anaestesia. Abscesses can lead to a
sick Leopard gecko
with a bacteraemia (bacteria that spread to the bloodstream),
which can be life threatening.
Gecko Infection Prevention
The best way to
prevent a Leopard gecko bacterial infection is to start with a
topical antiseptic immediately after the injury. Popular
products include F10 which can be used as a spray, or a dilution
to use as a daily bath. These and similar products are available
as from your local veterinarian.
Gecko Infection Treatment
Once an infection
has kicked in the best way to treat is with a combination of
antibiotics and topical antiseptics. In severe cases supportive
treatment might include force feeding and parenteral fluids
(drips). Leopard gecko infections should be treated under the
supervision of a reptile friendly veterinarian. Leopard gecko
abscesses should also be treated by a skilled
Leopard gecko vet.