Symptoms of Metabolic Bone Disease in Reptiles

Let's discuss about metabolic bone disease in reptiles.People can develop metabolic bone disease, but were you aware that reptiles and amphibians can too. After reading this article you will understand the symptoms and treatments of metabolic bone disease in reptiles.

Reptiles that eat plants and insects have a higher risk of developing this disease. It is fairly common in iguanas because of their specific diet and environment needs. MBD is rare in carnivorous reptiles such as snakes that eat whole prey.

There are quite a few symptoms associated with metabolic bone disease in reptiles. The most common ones that that be seen in different species of reptiles and even in amphibians include limping, bowed legs, lethargy, twitching, seizures, lumps on legs and spinal column, and difficulty lifting body off ground. In turtles, symptoms of MBD also include a soft shell with raised edges and pyramid-like scales on the shell. Reptiles that have severe cases of MBD are much more likely to have broken bones as well.

The symptoms of MBD can be painful and awful for a reptile to experience. They don't know what is wrong with them. It is the job of a reptile's owner to give them a well-balanced diet and proper lighting to keep them healthy. Metabolic bone disease in reptiles is almost always because of calcium or vitamin D deficiency and lack of UVB light.

To diagnose MBD veterinarians will do a physical exam and may also do blood work and x-rays. If a pet has any broken bones they will need splints. A veterinarian can give specific recommendations on treatments depending on the information you give them. If your reptile doesn't have a light, that is probably the reason for the MBD and you will be told to get a UVB or full-spectrum light immediately. If your veterinarian suspects your reptile doesn't have a well-balanced diet they can give you calcium and vitamin D supplements as well as suggest dietary changes that need to be made.

Luckily, if treated most reptiles can recover from MBD.

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