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Metabolic Bone Disease In Reptiles And Amphibians

Metabolic bone disease is a common problem among reptile and amphibian owners. This disease is usually caused by a lack of vitamin D3 and calcium in your pets diet.

Signs of metabolic bone disease in your reptile or amphibian may include, lethargy, shakiness, weakness of the jaw, refusal to eat, bowed legs, and difficulty holding themselves up.

Adding a vitamin D3 calcium supplement to your pets food as well as feeding calcium rich foods and gut loading your insects, can all be ways to help prevent metabolic bone disease. Using a UVB light for reptiles that require one for the recommended 8-12 hours during the day can also help to prevent this disease.

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