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Posted by chimbakka on April 08, 2003 at 13:39:29:
In Reply to: Re: Calcium posted by kristin on April 08, 2003 at 13:23:27:
I think it's not so much that MBD isn't reverible, its just the damage that isn't. For example, if he breaks and arm, it may never be the same again. He can recover from the disease, but may have some deformities or bowedlimbs because of it. At least I think that is how it goes...
Try the liquid calcium. Powder dusting is good for everyday use, but with a sick cham, liquid will help more. You can get syringes w/o the needle from a drugstore, or use an eye dropper. This, with sunlight or a UVB bulb, should help to stop the disease.
I he isn't eating at all on his own, he may not be able to. I have read that the tounge uses a bone to shoot off of. If it is damaged from MBD, ,he may not be able to shoot it. If he looks weak, and still doesn't eat, than you should force feed him. There is a "bug juice" recipe on www.adcham.com, or you can mix 1 tbsp pedialite (unflavoured), 1 tbsp baby food, and 1 tsp calcium dust (or the liquid calcium if you get it), 12 crickets. Mix it all up in a blender (yes, it is gross, lol), and feed with an eyedropper to your cham. Drop some on his nose to see if he will drink it willingly, if not gently pull down on his lower jaw, and drip some in. you can keep dripping as he licks it up.
My cham is on this diet right now, and he really seems to like it made with chicken and broth baby food. If he seems to hate it, just try a fruit flavour instead.
Good luck and all the best!