Metabolic Bone Disease or (MBD) is caused
by a lack of vitamin D3 or calcium in your frog. This causes
the bones in the frog to become weak and brittle. Since frogs
are generally very active, once they have gotten MBD it is
likely that they will break the small bones in their legs.
The best way to avoid MBD is to always provide a diet which
has sufficient amounts of vitamin D3 and calcium. If you feel
that you are providing your frog with a good diet but it still
is lacking in vitamin D3 you can use a calcium supplement
to dust their food with. Many species of frogs will require
the use of a calcium supplement regardless of what type of
food you feed them. Our care
sheets can provide you with a good starting point regarding
your frogs requirements.
This disease is often not reversable once it has gotten to
an advanced stage. In some cases your veternarian may be able
to provide you with injectable calcium to help your frog recover.
This is not guaranteed to help as it all depends on how far
the disease has progressed.
Preventative measures are always best to ensure that you
can avoid MBD altogether for your frog.