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    Default How much vit A to give?

    Received Repashy powdered Vit A finally. Mr Toad ( young western toad) who is recovering from serious MBD is still not eating by himself. Not sure how much vit A to give him? Suggestions appreciated.

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    Default Re: How much vit A to give?

    Vitamin A like vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. In short this means that both can be overdosed. Repashy vitamin A supplement is effectively a retinol which the body converts into vitamin A. It’s recommended to be used only once a month as excessive retinol can be fatal in high doses as it builds up in the body. I use it myself but only once a month and not in conjunction with other supplements. I.e. I’ll supplement with repashy A and then use no supplements for a few days after.

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    Default Re: How much vit A to give?

    Thank you very much for your post! Will definitely use the Vit A with caution as you have suggested. Do you just dust a cricket with it?

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    Yes. Dust the feeders lightly. Also it’s wise to gutload your crickets for a few days. I use fresh carrots and dandelion greens. Kale is especially good as well. A varied gutload diet results in a more nutritionally balanced prey item for your frog.

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    Dan has given great advice on using vitamins and minerals to amphibians. I am a former amphibian keeper at the Omaha Zoo. We took care of many species of amphibians that are on the critically endangered list, including the Wyoming toad and the Puerto Rican crested toad. Vitamin A was used to prevent STS (short tongue syndrome) - where the toad has difficulty eating and getting around. Our protocol was to use liquid vitamin A and administered one drop weekly on the toad's back. I don't know how difficult it is to get the liquid form of vitamin A, but it sure makes it a lot easier. Good luck!
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    Default Re: How much vit A to give?

    Will ask the vet about Liquid vit A. Mr Toad ( young western toad) is recovering from serious MBD. Is getting ca and D3 dusted feeders every ither day and multivitamins on alternate days upon feeders. Still needing to be force fed. Walking more but has some bowing of his legs. Getting much stronger and determined to do what he wants ( gets out of water dish by himself, burrows a bit, etc). Still has difficulty using one front leg well but has improved markedly. Hope vit A will get him eating by himself.

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    The picture I have was recommended by a very impressive vet and you don't dust or use any other supplements. This was one of two gut loading supplements she approved. I learned a lot these past few weeks and honestly even the Repashy vitamin A isn't good compared to this. There were studies done and this was found. It has made my animals health increase tremendously. It builds fat and muscle.

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