Leopard Gecko Friendly Vet Needed
You suddenly realize
that your beloved pet Leopard gecko is not quite himself,
what now? This is unfortunately sometimes a little too late
to do something about it. The best advice I can give is to
get the little fellow at a reptile friendly veterinarian as
soon as possible.
One problem, as you
will soon find out, is that not all vets are prepared or
able to look at pet reptiles. Reptile subjects are only
covered as a very small part in most vet schools and most
vets only get to see a small percentage of reptiles (even
smaller percentage of Leopard geckos). I can already tell
you that you will probably have a problem locating a Leopard
gecko veterinarian from the start.
Leopard Gecko Vet
The second problem is
that Leopard geckos tend to hide their disease very well,
so when the you actually suspect that there is something
wrong, the disease or problem might be too far to reverse.
It might have been there for days to weeks. In my experience a lot of
Leopard geckos are presented in a very
severe condition and most of them unfortunately die during
the stabilization period. This is as much a headache for the
Leopard geckos vet as it is for the owner.
Try to find a reliable
reptile veterinarian before a problem pops up. It is in any
case advisable to visit the vet at least once with a newly
acquired dragon for a full history, health check up and
parasite flush, and then at least every six months after
that for health follow ups.
Now the question is
where to find a reptile friendly vet in your area or at
least close by. The first place is probably your local
veterinarian, call the receptionist and ask weather their
practice sees Leopard geckos, or ask for a referral. If that
fails, try the internet. If
that fails, ask your reptile buddies, call your local
reptile pet shop or consult reptile-related magazines.
health related issues in Leopard geckos are caused by
incorrect husbandry. As a preventative and sometimes
curative measure make sure the
Leopard gecko needs
are met as
described by experienced keepers.