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Q: What dewormers do you use?
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A gecko I recently bought has been in quarentine since I got him. Since I had gotten him his hunger or amount that he ate was not great, but he did eat. I chalked it up to being in a new environment, doesn't like the food, and the stress from moving ect.. Then in the past five or six days now I had been keeping an eye on his tail and body condition because I noticed ridging in the tail and that it was getting slightly more each day. To me that says he was dehydrating. So the first day I noticed it I added a second water bowl on the opposite side of the enclosure thinking that he wasn't used to his home or finding the first bowl. (Yes I do mist but rarely as our humidity level is already very high in these plastic bins). Three days ago though he still seemed to be getting worse. So I began a once a day bath regiment of half pedialyte half water mixture. However that very first bath guess what I see floating in the water after a few minutes? Luckily they were the type of roundworm that could be seen by the naked eye, but unluckily that meant that he must have a bad number of them. Perhaps I had found the reason he was getting dehydrated and not eating though. 

For my snakes I had been taught by a herpetology professor at college to use fenbendazole which is typically a goat, horse, or cattle dewormer in tractor and supply. He used it for both the turtles and the snakes at the college. It worked 100% well when the schools snakes (which were the ones I was caring for at the time) had started showing symptoms. I had to do a bit of research to make sure that it was safe for the geckos to use though and that took me a bit of time. I had originally wanted to use the kind that pangea reptile sells, but my card wasn't letting me buy off of the site for some reason. I knew the bensons pet store didn't have anything except mite spray, so I had to make sure the stuff I had used in the past was okay for this. 

Normally It would be 1cc worth of the paste per 100 grams of snake. Unfortunately the gecko is only 10 grams. So something like a tiny drop worth is all I can do for a first dosage. After his first dose yesterday not only has he perked up but the ridging in his tail seems to have filled in a little. So I'm assuming that the baths and the medication may have helped a little considering that it was paste. 

I'm wondering if you guys use other kinds of dewormer for your geckos when they start to show symptoms? With the snakes it was once a week for three to four weeks dosing them with the medication, but I wonder if that was because we only fed them once a week at the college or if that really was what the dosage should be. I will probably dose my guy once a week for three weeks and then see how he's doing after that. 

Luckily the rest of the geckos I've bred are totally fine, so I know it wasn't the freeze dried mealworms (which I always freeze for like a week before taking them out letting them warm up again and giving them to anybody) or obviously the pangea gecko food that transmitted anything. It was definitely from the previous breeder. Hopefully he gets better and better for now. 

Points: 50
Topics: Infectious Disease , Parasites , Medications
Tags: Medication, Parasites
Species: Lizards > Geckos > Correlophus ciliatus
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Accepted Answer 11/14/2018 1:30:53 PM


I have never used any on a Gecko but for my snakes I have used the Fenbendazole  which  is the same as Panacur   10% solution  I got it at TSC  in the section for Goats ,, 

Author Comment 11/14/2018 5:20:39 PM


Yeah that's the kindthat I know best. I wasn't aware that it is the same as panacure though. That's good to know. I think the one pangea sells starts with an M. Something like metri something- ithol I'm not sure. 

Update on the gecko being dosed. His dehydration (the ridges in his tail) are filling in even further and looking a lot better. He's much more active, and hopefully he stays that way. I will still go ahead with another bath today 1/2 water and 1/2 pedialyte just to make sure he's doing good. Plus I see that he's going to shed now and I heard it can help this as well. (Though he's never had a problem shedding so far before.)

Assisted Answer 11/16/2018 10:21:10 PM


I usually have a vet prescription for mine, compounded into liquid due to small dosing, but it's typically fenbendazole (Panacur) for pinworms.

Only time I've ever been prescribed mentronidazole (Flagyl) was for a skink with some coccidia that persisted after a round of fenbendazole.

Member Comment 11/16/2018 10:25:59 PM


Looks like beardeddragon.co sells the liquid form, may be other places as well.

Author Comment 11/17/2018 1:43:45 PM


Another update on said gecko. One drop (of the cream kind) from his first dose seems to not have had any problems at all. He's coming back from the dehydration pretty well now and is back to being active again. Haven't seen the worms in his bath since the day after the first dose. He's also no longer having the pedialyte and water bath every night. He'll get a second dose on the 19th which will again be a small drop of fenbendazole cream. I do have the mentronidazole from pangeas site for geckos that should be coming soon. However it seems I may not have need of it if this is working well. 

Author Comment 1/9/2019 6:04:55 PM


Yet another update. After the initial round of dosing he began to show symptoms again. SO I must have underdosed him as the fenben did work, but it obviously didn't get rid of everything. After reading up on how people treat with panacure I've decided to use the same dosage and treat him again, but this time every 3 days for at least 3 weeks. We'll see if we can eradicate these pinworms. (Took a fecal sample and spotted the pinworms. ) SO yeah we are almost there.

Member Comment 1/9/2019 6:12:25 PM


Good luck!

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