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Leopard Gecko Burn Wounds

Leopard gecko burn wounds are occasionally seen. This happens when a Leopard gecko is exposed directly to a heat source, i.e. a heat pad or sometimes improper or incorrectly installed lighting. Burn wounds can be identified by discoloration of the skin, localized blisters, swelling or pieces of skin sloughing. It will usually go with a significant amount of pain, discomfort and loss of function of the burning site.

Depending on the area affected or the extend, Leopard gecko burn wounds can be graded from mild to very severe. Severe burn wounds are life threatening and should be treated as such. Burns can commonly occur on the feet / toes or the facial are of the gecko.

Leopard Gecko Burn Wound Prevention

This type of Leopard gecko injury can be prevented by the proper installation of the heating equipment. Make sure that the heat pad is covered with a heavy substrate and that lighting is mounted high enough to prevent direct contact.

Leopard Gecko Burn Wound Treatment

Leopard gecko burns wounds should always be seen in a serious light. Rather be safe than sorry. These animals are very fragile and even a mild burn can cause significant pain and discomfort to lead to serious eating problems and dehydration. These cases should always be presented to a reptile veterinarian for treatment.

Leopard gecko burn wound treatment can range from topical antibiotic or antiseptic ointment in mild cases to hospitalization with parenteral fluids (drips), antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs and supportive force feeding in severe cases.

More severe wounds might take weeks to months to heal properly might lead to permanent scars and / or Leopard gecko shedding problems.

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