Leopard gecko not eaten for months and other health issues

Loulou

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After several years of keeping my adopted geckos , I hit a wall of problems over 1 month ago, resulting in the death of my older male.
Now, my younger female is still not eating. I took them both to the vet for eye issues but many issues were found, including mouth thrush and parasites. Even though there was no confirmation of parasite on the female, she was given a round(2 portions)of dewormer, and some liquid to put on a Qtip to clean her mouth with. And some advice on how to deal with bad eye shed etc.
I got some Emeraid for the now departed male, and was told it was OK to give her some as well since she was not eating.

The eye problem has been solved, she has shed normally finally and she was given a week of Emeraid 1 month ago.

I now bathe her every 3 days and have resumed the mouth cleansing, as I noticed it was back or still there.
She is active, but still not eating, and it could be the mouth stuff causing issue, as she has some sort of overbite, a mouth defect from birth. I have also changed her habitat to a better one.

She did a running poo once last week and next to it was some sort of reddish sandy looking little lump with a tiny white membrane.

I tried a few baths of Reptoboost as well but it didn't work.

I feel at this point , it could be the mouth problem causing loss of appetite. So working on that now(I stopped itreatment for a while).
In the meantime, SHALL I GIVE HER ANOTHER COURSE OF EMERAID? Or get some REPTOBOOST?IMG_20200111_213119.jpg

Any other advice is welcome, Im really at a loss and feeling really helpless.IMG_20200109_114925.jpgIMG_20200109_114925.jpgIMG_20200110_212218.jpgIMG_20200110_212218.jpgIMG_20200110_210405.jpgIMG_20200110_210405.jpg
 

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Her tail looks to be a pretty reasonable size. The slightly runny poo could be due to the liquid Emeraid. A number of leopard geckos aren't eating now either due to winter or ovulation. You may want to try holding her and gently pushing a feeder into her mouth. Here are some articles about feeding reluctant geckos:

Aliza
 

Loulou

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Thank you for your reply.

She has been off food before and I wouldn't have worry much but after what happened with Ho, the male(he got some kind of tumour, or possibly kidney problem or gout, lost weight super fast and died after his first forcefeed of meds) I really want to monitor her behaviour. She is now 6 and I have never seen her lay eggs, incidentally.
Anyway, so for now, I can let her off the Emeraid, right?

She did another runny poo today. Very active and tail is rather normal and plump enough, as u said.

I'm going to carry on the mouth thrush treatment and see if she will eventually resume eating.

Also, she had an eye problem originally when she stopped eating, now it seems OK, but she still keeps it shut, and only opens it when I put a drop of artificial tear in it. Or if she wants to focus visually. But the problem she had has been solved with the eye shed. Looks like she does it now as a habit.

I added a very light heat lamp(not uvb) to boost the heat on the warm side as it was struggling to reach 28-30c.

Sorry for long post, just covering all angles of her current situation.
 

Loulou

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Quick update. Because of the overbite she has had from birth, she sometimes gets some sort of build up in the exposed area. I guess this time is was a large one and it fell off today. Also she shed but it was a good one and , while I helped her with the face part to avoid any skin retention on her eyes, the rest came out well and I also paid attention to her nails . so I think we are good with temps and humidity, and I'm going to keep cleaning her mouth. I realised her closed eye is on the side of her exposed gum part, so now that the build up has been removed, I hope she resumes ha normal behaviour.
The last vet visit brought to my attention that her overbite was actually a possible cause of discomfort and thrush breeding ground. Here are some pix of it. I guess she is a little bit special needs.
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Buildup removed from her upper jaw.IMG_20200119_111101.jpg
You can see the gap and overbite on her left side.
 
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