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Mouth Rot?

Post by Body Thief on Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:19 am

My Super Snow, the one that was starving himself, has been eating every other day now for about two weeks. He has normal poos and urates. I clean his cage and water regularly. His temps are good. Over all he just seems like he is doing really great BUT about a week ago I noticed a little sore around his mouth. At first I just thought maybe one of the mealies he was chomping bit him or maybe he did it when he was shedding. Now I am thinking maybe he has mouth rot? I only thought of this today when I remembered reading a thread on here about a gecko that died from mouth rot Sad

It hasn't gotten worse OR better. I am trying to take a picture right now.

Also, every time after he eats he rubs his mouth on the glass of the viv.

Can anyone tell me more about mouth rot and how to handle it and is this something that I should absolutely take him to the vet right away, even though I haven't had the greatest experience in that department?

Thank-you :P
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Post by Kodieh on Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:41 am

Yes, mouth rot is pretty serious and a vet visit is required.
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Post by Body Thief on Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:45 am

Oh man Sad I need to find a good vet asap then
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Post by samsleopardgeckos on Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:46 am

mouth rot is really easy to treat if its not gotten to bad, a pic would really help.

Please no one try home treatment if they havent checked with a vet/been shown by a vet how to carry out treatment correctly.
I treat any of my leo's that get mouth rot without seeing my vet(but i have previous experience in treatment), first the scabbing needs to be very gentle removed then you give them baytril anti-biotics by mouth for 2-3weeks (which you may have to get off a vet) you mix 1ml baytril with 9ml water and give the leo between 0.05ml & 0.15ml depending on weight.

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Post by Body Thief on Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:34 am

Well I couldn't get a really good picture, my camera just refused to focus on his face no matter which part of the house I was in





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Post by smsararas2 on Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:34 pm

Well the good thing is it is not bad enough that it can be seen from that distance. I would follow the advice of Sam, she is a very good person to listen to in regards to treatment, well and everything else but she seems to be our treatment specialist...lol
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Post by samsleopardgeckos on Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:54 am

Thanks Jolene Smile im thinking i may have to do a vet nurse course Smile

Your little super snow is really cute, with its mouth - do you have any blunt ended tweezers? if so just gentle scrap the blunt end over the scab doing this should remove the scab without damaging his little mouth, if you can weigh him an give me his weight i can work out how much baytril is needed. Do you have any 2.5%baytril?

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Post by Body Thief on Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:26 am

I have baytril but I don't know what % it is, it doesnt say on the container anywhere. But it was what the vet gave me for him when they thought he might have an infection in his body somewhere.

He weighs 24g

and I do have blunt end tweezers :P


thank you for your help!


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Post by samsleopardgeckos on Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:39 am

does it have his previous dosage on it? if so give him that dosage. but for it to work you need to remove the scabbing and should only need to remove it once. Start baytril as soon as scab is gone once daily for 2-3weeks(he prob wont eat but still offer food) when you remove the scab it will like yellow cheesey stuff, the gum may bleed slightly an he may be missing the teeth there from the infection but he should be fine after the baytril.

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Post by peach75 on Fri Mar 02, 2012 1:13 pm

I didn't want to say this but that's just dangerous telling somebody to use an old medicine from there fridge without knowing what's really wrong. Noone can be sure by looking at a pic and you don't want to use medicine on herps without really needing it. It can harm them sometimes. You don't know if the medicine still works. You can damage there kidneys. First of if you are seen mouth rot than there is something wrong with how you are keeping them. It's not something you see all the time. Either not keeping them clean, too cold or bad nutrition. Check your temps with another thermometer just incase. You can kill them trying to play vet.

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Post by Body Thief on Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:31 pm

Ty Sam :P

Yeah the previous dose is on there.

Peach I totally know what you mean. She was just giving me this advice more of last resort as I have not been able to find a vet around here who knows what they are talking about. I nursed him back to health based off of tips from knowledgable people on here along with my own knowledge from raising animals my whole life. The vets I have seen know less about leos than I do, it's really sad.

BUT I am actually taking him to the vet, I found one through my friend who trains exotic animals. She said he is an excellent vet and really knows his herps. She really loves animals so I think I can trust her opinion.

As far as his housing and tempts go everything is good. When researching mouth rot I read that they can just get it from stress or they can get it from injuring their mouth which he has been really stressed since I got him up until 2 weeks ago and after he eats he rubs his mouth on everything. He's probably not all that healthy yet anyways. I think as he gets more calcium, vitamins and proper feedings he'll end up being a very happy, healthy and pretty gecko Smile
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