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What I thought was MBD is probably Gout. He has swollen back legs and has fell off his branch for the first time this morning. I just got him from a cousin who dinldint want him anymore and have done tons of research. I was just wondering if I could go to a store and just buy Allipurinol.. Or if I had to get it subscribed to him.. I would just like to know the dosag to give him and if it is alright to use. I have a mist system and I also spray the walls and plants to give him opportunities to drink.. I just his crickets with calcium and d3 2 times a week. And feed him superworms and brown crickets.. I want to help him before it's to late. Thank you.

Hello Tecumseh,

I am sorry to hear your chameleon is not doing well.  They are very prone to gout, indeed!
Do you have a picture of him I could see?
What type & brand of UVB light are you using for him, was any UVB light used on him previously or not?
I would probably try to increase his calcium to 3 times per week right now, with extra oral hydration.  The misting system sounds terrific for him, I am sure he loves that!  What are the temperatures in the tank for him?
The allopurinol likely wont be able to be found in a local store, but you can order it online without a prescription from a couple of sites.  I can send the links if you need & help with the dosage also for him.  How much does he weigh?



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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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