Every month you subscribe to Bearded Dragon Box, a portion of your subscription cost goes to support bearded dragon and reptile rescues. Small rescues take in animals that need a lot of work and care, and they fund these rescues from their own pockets and it’s often very costly. When someone can do this out of the kindness of their hearts, we believe it is important for us to support those efforts and thank them for helping those who need it.
This month, a part of your subscription will become a donation to Kelly’s Rescue. Kelly and her fiancé rescue abused and neglected animals and have been doing so for 3 years now. They take in all of the unusual and unique pets that they hear of: spiders, snakes, lizards, fish, and any others that they come across. One of their bearded dragons, Peaches (the dragon in the picture) has very bad MBD. Before they rescued her, Peaches was kept in an enclosure with no lights, poor diet and a bare glass tank. They have other bearded dragons in their care with MBD, too. They also currently have an Egyptian Uromastyx who was living in a meth house and being physically abused, a 5 foot kingsnake that was living in a 15 gallon tank on walnut shells and eating things from rats to parakeets. They also currently house a crested gecko, corn snake, black rat snake, ball python, hognose and a borneo short tail python. When they rescue an animal the first thing they do is quarantine them and schedule a vet appointment. They’re given fresh bedding or carpet, baths, good food, lights, and medicine if needed. It’s their passion.
If you are just learning about MBD for the first time, it stands for Metabolic Bone Disease, and it is unfortunately very common with bearded dragons because of bad husbandry on the part of the owner. The bad husbandry sometimes is just a matter of the owner receiving bad information from a pet store or lack of research on bearded dragons before/after getting one, and other times it is due to sheer neglect and uncaring. The most common reason in bearded dragons that they become ill with MBD is calcium deficiency combined with improper lighting. It’s so important to make sure you dust your dragon’s food in calcium powder, or feed calcium rich foods such as Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL). Providing the proper lighting for all of your reptiles is essential. MBD causes the dragon to have tremors/twitches, weakness, stunted growth, bone fractures, lack of appetite, recession of the jaw, and paralysis of their limbs. It is very serious! For more information, you can read this article by PetHelpful: Pethelpful.com - MBD Information