- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
I noticed that I have mostly started vent threads, but sometimes, things just need to be said.
Fiance and I have quite the zoo. Two cats, three leopard geckos, one fire skink, one bearded dragon, one corn snake, one ball python, and many, many fish.
Both cats were rescues, the one cat we had previously was a rescue, and two of our leopard geckos have been rescues.
The last leopard gecko we picked up, we got on Friday. We had seen her several times in the pet store that we frequent. She had severe retained shed (for non-reptile people, that means that when she shed, it had stayed stuck to her, not allowing her to grow and eventually cutting off circulation). She had been dropped off by her previous owner, and try as they might, the owners of the pet store did not have enough time or people to sit down and hold her and try to pull the shed off.
We are on our 4th day of owning her and we still have not been able to get all of the shed off. We were able to get the shed off of her face and out of her nostrils so that she can now open both eyes, breathe through her nose, and eat properly. We already know she is going to lose at least 4 toes. We were, thankfully, able to save most of them, but she will probably always have shedding problems.
I do not understand why people are willing to spend money on animals, but not spend time taking care of them. This is a problem that could EASILY have been solved, but was allowed to grow out of control. Our first leopard gecko lost her leg for the same reason. Her previous owner had not only allowed her to retain shed, but had allowed her to retain shed over an open wound because they had stuck her in with a reptile she was not compatible with and it attacked her.
All you have to do is pay attention and read a book or two. Sometimes, you don’t even have to read a book, you can look up an article that will tell you what to do. But, there is no excuse for just neglecting an animal, and then dumping it off on someone else to fix. Now, she thinks we are the ones trying to hurt her because the process of removing the shed is so painful. And that’s not fair.