is one case from a series of reports compiled as part
of an investigation into photo-kerato-conjunctivitis,
possibly occurring as a result of excessive low-wavelength
UVB radiation under certain brands of fluorescent
do not view this one case without reference to the
whole report of which it is a part.
History : DM2
(Italy) - Bearded dragon juveniles
examined by Michele Buono DVM (Turin, Italy)
juvenile bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) were
presented to the veterinary clinic for anorexia, reluctance
to move and some body deformity, in May 2007. The animals
were kept in a glass terrarium of 80cm by 40cm by 40cm (31.5in
by 16in by 16in.) with no source of UVB light.
the clinical examination the animals showed severe MBD.
Therapy was begun with subcutaneous administration of calcium
borogluconate with dextrose (ATI) at a dosage of
100mg/kg and continued with oral calcediol (25-hydroxy-vitamin
D3, 1.5mg/10ml) (Didrogyl, Bruno farmaceutici SpA)
at a dosage of 200IU/kg every week; a source of UVB light
new ZooMed Reptisun 10.0 Compact Lamp was installed inside
the terrarium at a distance of 20cm (8in) from the basking
spot and switched on for 12 hours a day. Within 3 days all
three dragons developed photo-kerato-conjunctivitis.
problem was resolved with no therapy except removal of the
compact lamp. The owners were advised to replace the compact
lamp with a linear fluorescent UVB tube, such as a ZooMed
Reptisun 5.0 tube. Treatment for the MBD is ongoing and
some improvement has now been seen.