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Haku Update

hakuIt's been almost a month now since I posted about my Leopard Gecko Haku's broken leg (arm?).  I don't know if we have any Haku fans checking in but I figured I'd post an update on how he's been doing.

Unfortunately it's not very good news.  Haku is still with us but we're not sure for how much longer.  About a week ago he started getting more lethargic.  At first we thought he may just have been less active due to his leg injury, but it soon became apparent that something else was going on.  To make a long story short, Haku has renal (kidney) disease which we are currently treating, but his prognosis is extremely guarded.

We're not 100% sure what triggered all this and how his current kidney issues are related to his broken arm (if they are at all).  Renal disease in reptiles is often times caused by a diet too rich in protein, and is more common in reptiles (such as iguanas) who are herbivores.  Leopard geckos, of course, are insectivores so require insects.  Haku's diet has consisted of varied insects - a normal and healthy diet for his species.

 

What we think may have happened is that his kidneys could have been impaired already, without any major symptoms, but then the stress and the medications he was on after breaking his leg could have taxed his kidneys and caused him to start showing symptoms.

Right now we are treating him and basically playing the waiting game to see if his kidney function improves at all.  But like I already mentioned, his prognosis is guarded.  I'll keep you all updated.

It's been a rough week so far.  Dealing with a sick pet, especially when the outcome is questionable, is never an easy thing.

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