Treatment Type: Herbal and Nutritional Supplements
Rated for: Bearded Dragon
Collingswood, New Jersey, United States
Posted Sep. 15, 2018
A common killer in captive bearded dragons is Metabolic Bone Disorder, caused by the lack of calcium absorption. There are two ways to avoid this disease - regular use of a calcium supplement dusted into the beardie’s food, and a 10.0 UVB lamp long enough to reach the entire tank. Our brand of choice is Reptivite, a calcium dust that does not seem to perturb our dragon Maslow. He seems to almost enjoy the taste, and will snarf down his favorite insects (usually dubia roaches and waxworks/hornworms) regardless of the presence of this life-sustaining dust.
The seriousness of calcium cannot be understated. As first-time beardie owners, we were underinformed and unfortunately lost a baby dragon to MBD - we were using the dusting but were unaware of the necessary pairing with the UVB lighting. Use is simple - you will need a small tube/funnel in which to pour a serving of the dragon’s favorite bugs, toss in a spoonful of calcium supplement (the spoon comes with the supplement), and shake them up before serving. Older beardies who have transitioned to a largely veggie diet can continue to enjoy calcium-dusted insects and/or a dusting over their salad.