Parasitic issues in Leopard Geckos

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Parasitic issues in Leopard Geckos

Post  Admin on Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:29 am

The root problem is normally the result of a intestinal protozoa parasitic host, it is very common in leopard geckos. Often coccidiosis is the main issue. Due to their direct life cycle, these parasites can increase to overwhelming numbers, especially in immunosuppressed reptiles (creating a downward spiral). Oocysts are robust and can survive for weeks in a dessicated condition. Religious, daily cleanings are necessary to remove all feces and feces-contaminated food and water. Insects and other food items must be removed on a daily basis as they are another source of contamination (eg, crickets or other livefeeds may eat the oocysts while gathering fluid from the feces). Treatment is sulfadimethoxine at 50 mg/kg, PO (orally), for 3 days and then every 48 hr until infection is resolved. Treatment often takes 2-3 wk and success should be measured by subsequent fecal samples. Another more sinister issue is cryptosporidium sp., related to coccidiosis, but much more difficult to treat. Often prolonged use of anti coccidial drugs can lead to resistance to coccidia giving increased counts and subsequent secondary infection problems
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