Why Pet Reptiles Need UV Light

Reptiles spend hours basking under the sun so their bodies can absorb UV light that is a necessary component for the production of vitamin 3 in the skin. The vitamin is needed to enhance calcium absorption in the intestines. If the reptile is unable to absorb adequate UV light, calcium metabolism and utilization in the body becomes poor and the animal can suffer from metabolic bone disease which can be a life-threatening condition. Early diagnosis is very important before serious complications become irreversible. 

In captivity, the enclosure of a pet reptile should be installed with UVA and UVB bulbs. Buy bulbs that are indicated for use in reptile enclosures. Since the amount of UV-light spectrum that is needed can differ between species of reptiles, make sure you know about your pet’s requirement before buying a bulb that emits ultraviolet rays A and B. 

Pet reptiles can also be vulnerable to important problems that can negatively impact their health and well-being. So make sure to get in touch with your Oshawa, ON veterinarian if you notice any changes in your pet reptile’s health and/or behavior. 


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