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    Hello I am new to the forum and I was wondering if it was okay to just dust with calcium with d3 and multivitamins using meal worms without gutloading. I've been watching goherping videos specifically this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mXK13p16ew&t=1185s

    He didn't mention gutloading but just dusting only so I was wondering if it was ok.
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    Hello Weowweow. A warm welcome to the forum! You've definitely come to the right place to ask for advice. I'm sure the more experienced folks will be along soon to also give you some additional great advice. But in the meantime, the best thing you can do is educate yourself to your Leo's requirements. That will give the best chance for your Leo to live a long and healthy life and you to enjoy the company of your pet for as long as possible, avoiding expensive vet bills in the process!

    You will want to check out GU's Leopard Gecko care guide maintained by Elizabeth, click here. Also, reading the stickies at the top of the Food sub forum and the Husbandry sub forum are very informative and helpful.

    To answer your question though, gutloading is essential for the feeder insects! We are what we eat and so are our Leos. It is not only super important to gut load the feeder insects but what you feed them is no less important. You can read up on ideas for gutloading also in that link I posted to the caresheet.

    Mealworms are not the most ideal feeder insects due to the limited digestive tract they have not allowing for much gutloading to occur. The high Phosphorous (inhibits calcium absorption) to Calcium ratio is also quite poor for Mealworms and additionally they are fairly high in fat and chitin. Not one of the best choices though many of us supplement with them since they are so easy to keep. Dubia roaches (if you are in the USA) and Crickets are much better feeder insect choices due to their larger digestive tracts, lower fat content and better ability to be dusted with supplements.

    Speaking of supplements. You'll want to follow the supplementation schedule Elizabeth has in that guide. But I will say you would want 3 versions of the supplements. Calcium with D3 (Zoo Med brand preferred), Calcium without D3 (Zoo Med Brand), and Vitamin powder (Reptivite, Zoo Med brand.) Be very careful about giving too much D3 and try not to leave any plain Calcium in a dish in the enclosure (definitely no Calcium WITH D3!!) as this can also cause serious harm to your new friend. Again, read up in the guide as to why! I don't mean to scare you about it and it really isn't too difficult a thing. You just want to avoid dusting too much of anything (particularly D3 and also vitamins) to avoid possible issues. That's all.

    Anyhow, take care and keep us posted to how your Leo is doing and give us more information as to your enclosure and setup, including how the hides are set up and your heating which is critical to the health of your little buddy. Pictures are helpful!
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    Hi Weowweow ~

    Welcome aboard!

    Do you have your leo yet? If so, how old is he? If you're unsure of the age, please share the approximate length. A photo will be great. Then I can share a supplement schedule and gut loading advice.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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