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    On occasions I find my leopard gecko, Rocky, is hungry on non-feeding days, I feed her a few mealworms. I use no UVB light for her, so I keep her on a schedule of one day of the week reptile vitamins, and another calcium with vitamin D3. However, I would like to include a bit of extra calcium in Rocky’s diet, so I am wondering if it is safe to dust her off-schedule treats with pure calcium WITHOUT D3 for a bit of extra nutrition while she enjoys her treats? Or would a bowl in her tank be enough?
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    How old is Rocky now? Are you noticing any problems?

    Please share a photo of her whole body.

    Which brand of multivitamins and D3 calcium do you use? In some supplements there's more than enough calcium per dose without supplementing further.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 02-11-2019 at 04:54 AM. Reason: oops
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    How old is Rocky now? Are you noticing any problems?

    Please share a photo of his whole body.

    Which brand of multivitamins and D3 calcium do you use? In some supplements there's more than enough calcium per dose without supplementing further.
    Hello, it’s been a while! Rocky is around four years old, and she’s a lot healthier since the last time you helped me out. I’ve also upgraded her tank to a 20-gallon.

    For some reason, my device will not allow me to send pictures, but I will say that she has a chunky, proportionate tail that is around the width of her neck, her torso is fairly chunky, and has a smooth ridge down her spine that subtly curves inward. Perhaps I can try to make her full body my avatar so it can show up successfully? I am using a mobile device.

    I give Rocky multivitamin supplements and calcium with D3 from the same company, ZooMed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sl7therin View Post
    Hello, it’s been a while! Rocky is around four years old, and she’s a lot healthier since the last time you helped me out. I’ve also upgraded her tank to a 20-gallon.

    For some reason, my device will not allow me to send pictures, but I will say that she has a chunky, proportionate tail that is around the width of her neck, her torso is fairly chunky, and has a smooth ridge down her spine that subtly curves inward. Perhaps I can try to make her full body my avatar so it can show up successfully? I am using a mobile device.

    I give Rocky multivitamin supplements and cal:cium with D3 from the same company, ZooMed.
    Hi ~

    It certainly has been a while! It seems like Rocky has thrived in the meantime.

    Have you uploaded your pics to some free site like Imgur?

    A dish of plain calcium carbonate in the enclosure is generally unnecessary and could be overkill. I would not dust Rocky's treats with even more calcium.

    As long as you stick to this schedule, Rocky should be getting enough calcium carbonate. : That's one good thing about Zoo Med's supplements.

    Weekly Schedule 126 for Leopard Geckos 18 months old +
    (without UVB)

    Crickets or dubia >> Monday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med Repti Calcium with D3
    Crickets or dubia >> Thursday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med ReptiVite multivitamins without D3
    Mealworms >> Saturday - no dusting

    Hilde mentions in this link that "Excess calcium in the digestive tract can hinder absorption of vitamins A and D".

    Since you've been away I linked all the articles in the Leo Care Sheet! That took weeks.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 02-12-2019 at 07:47 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Hi ~

    It certainly has been a while! It seems like Rocky has thrived in the meantime.

    Have you uploaded your pics to some free site like Imgur?

    A dish of plain calcium carbonate in the enclosure is generally unnecessary and could be overkill. I would not dust Rocky's treats with even more calcium.

    As long as you stick to this schedule, Rocky should be getting enough calcium carbonate. : That's one good thing about Zoo Med's supplements.




    Hilde mentions in this link that "Excess calcium in the digestive tract can hinder absorption of vitamins A and D".

    Since you've been away I linked all the articles in the Leo Care Sheet! That took weeks.

    Alright! I’ll stick to the schedule then. Thank you! I’ll also work on uploading to Imgur. Is the image in my avatar clear enough for now while I get some better images? Hopefully Rocky is chunky enough, I think she is quite healthy after I got onto the right track, but without you, Rocky’s life could have ended badly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sl7therin View Post
    Alright! I’ll stick to the schedule then. Thank you! I’ll also work on uploading to Imgur. Is the image in my avatar clear enough for now while I get some better images? Hopefully Rocky is chunky enough, I think she is quite healthy after I got onto the right track, but without you, Rocky’s life could have ended badly.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Rocky's avatar image does not show what I am looking for.

    Does Rocky have any bowed limbs or an unusual gait? Those are key symptoms of MBD. If she's walking upright (not dragging her belly along the ground) and has normal bends at her joints, she's probably fine.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Thanks for sharing.

    Rocky's avatar image does not show what I am looking for.

    Does Rocky have any bowed limbs or an unusual gait? Those are key symptoms of MBD. If she's walking upright (not dragging her belly along the ground) and has normal bends at her joints, she's probably fine.
    Oh! Then she is perfectly fine. She even has little bubbles under her arms on occasions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sl7therin View Post
    Oh! Then she is perfectly fine. She even has little bubbles under her arms on occasions.
    Those bubbles may be from excess fat. Maybe she could use a little diet.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Those bubbles may be from excess fat. Maybe she could use a little diet.
    I’ve been considering that, actually. I might minimize how much she eats mealworms when I get the chance, but it is getting quite difficult with the weather I’m experiencing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sl7therin View Post
    I’ve been considering that, actually. I might minimize how much she eats mealworms when I get the chance, but it is getting quite difficult with the weather I’m experiencing.
    Have you seen this Feeder Insect Nutrition chart?

    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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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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