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hi my lizard has metabolic bone disease, i am sure of this as he cant swim straight, just in circles. ??, his spine is curved and his head is tilted, i would like to know whether he is in pain because he is very dull and doesnt like to move

Hello Gage,

I am sorry to hear about your dragon.  Do you have any pictures of him?  How old is he?
Are you using a UVB light & if so, what type & brand is it?  A fluorescent tube bulb or a compact/coil light?  
How often do you use calcium supplementation for him?
Please review your tank setup for me including pictures of him along with his tank setup pictures, too.
What substrate is he on, sand, paper towels, tiles?
Is he eating very much right now?
If he isn't eating very well, you can try some chicken or turkey baby food along with some squash baby food to help him out.  
Has a vet prescribed liquid calcium for him?



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Tracie Kretzschmar


I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.


I have been working with bearded dragons for over 5 years now, as well as leopard geckos, too. I am currently doing rescues, as well. I hope to be able to educate people prior to them purchasing an exotic pet in order to avoid any health crisis with them.

I have a master's degree in sports medicine & physiology, & 1 year of vet tech schooling, & am currently working on a reptile certification through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

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