I really can’t seem to catch a break.
I made a thread last year about a male high end tangerine I had who unfortunately developed a gastrointestinal rupture and passed. I contacted the breeder sometime after and they were very nice and sympathetic. They offered me credit towards another gecko even though it was well out of the scope of their guarantee and definitely not something that could been their responsibility.
So, in January I purchased another nice tangerine from them. Due to weather I didn’t actually receive him until March 9th. Unfortunately after about the first week I was already getting a little worried as he wasn’t eating much at all, but didn’t appear to be losing weight. For the next eight weeks I offered a variety of feeders (mealworms, dubias, crickets, etc) and he wasn’t really all interested but he was definitely eating insects out of his bowl as I regularly found new droppings every other day or so. I assumed this gecko just preferred eating in private and tried to not disturb him as much as possible.
About the first week of May I scheduled a vet appointment as this gecko just wasn’t putting on any weight. They did a fecal and it came back negative for any sort of parasite, but they prescribed metronidazole just in case. He really didn’t like the metro and I don’t think he really ate anything in the week and a half of treatment. Since then I have been weighing him almost daily, where he has been hovering around 34-38 grams. At this time I ordered oxbow carnivore care and then began supplemental feeding to see if that would help. I contacted the breeder to get them in the loop and they have been responsive and supportive.
At this time despite daily feedings of carnivore care this gecko hasn’t been able to maintain a weight above 40 grams. It seems like he loses it as soon as he gains. His stool has developed a greenish color and smells really foul, which I assume is from the carnivore care and that it isn’t really agreeing with him (this started in the passed 7 days. I have been putting 3 mealworms in his dish so I can easily keep track of how much he eats on his own. He eats maybe 1-2 every 2 days or so. Over time he has definitely thinned, not emaciated looking, but his tail is thinner and can definitely see ribs and spine a bit. I can also see a lack of muscle around the head. Through all this, this gecko acts really like nothing is wrong besides not eating. He is spunky and bright eyed and readily eats the carnivore care.
At this time the breeder is unfortunately thinking organ failure, which sadly I am suspecting as well. I am setting up another appointment asap, but was just wanting to put this out there to see what other information and ideas others might have.