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Hi there, we are desperate for help... we beleive that our 5 month old beardie has mbd, we are trying a new form of powder calcium, also a new uvb bulb  and i am going to get liquid calcium tomorrow.  He is still eating his crickets and if i hand feed he will eat his squash.  He still uses his back and front limbs and we need to know if we should exercise him to keep strength or if this will cause more damage?  We have never owned a reptile before and have been very careful to follow care instructions to the letter... I am very distraught as thought we were doing everything right to only end up with a sick little one!!

Hello Tracey,

Which UVB light are you getting for him?  How far is the UVB light going to be from him?
What calcium supplement will you be using now, which brand of liquid calcium?
I would try some water therapy to help him regain some of the strength lost.  It is highly effective for metabolic bone disease.
That is good he is still eating his crickets too.  The squash is fine, are you feeding him squash baby food?

Let me know how he is doing.



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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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