Chelated Calcium - A common deficiency in reptiles




A shortage of usable calcium lies at the root of many problems which can include:
• Laying/giving birth
• Weakness in the females that cannot lay or give birth
• broken bones in the young
• shedding slowly
• nervousness
• aggression
• co-ordination problems which may go as far as falling over
• respiratory problems

Most of the cuttlefish or calcium blocks which are supplied to try to raise calcium levels when eaten by the reptile goes straight out in the droppings. As with other minerals the difficulty is absorbing it into the bloodstream. So CROCdoc developed a super-saturated chelated calcium solution called Calcivet liquid. Calcivet (CalciBoost in America) uses a chelated mineral technology similar to the calcium supplied in nature by plants. So it is easily absorbed and quickly gets to the bones, nerves and muscles where it is needed. It is such an effective calcium source that most of the year you will only need it once or twice a week.

Recently we cracked the trick of providing a highly bio-available calcium source in powder form. Our CalciBoost Powder is much easier to add to live foods or moist foods than Calcivet Liquid and has the same exceptional absorption properties. Most other suppliers of powdered calcium do not use chelated calcium so such products are nowhere near as effective as CalciBoost Powder from CROCdoc.

So if you have tried calcium supplements before from other suppliers and not found much difference in your reptiles, this could well be why. It is also important to take care to use enough; many people think less is better and then wonder why they keep getting the same old problems. It is easy to be cynical and believe suppliers tell you to use too much to increase their sales, but doing that frequently makes the experience too expensive for reptile keepers and that means they stop using the product. So it is not in our interests to advise you to use more than we feel will give the results you are looking for. At CROCdoc we try to give really good advice so you get the results you want to have.