Food supplementation by dusting

This article is tagged to be informative to veterinarians too. The information is not a substitute for advice from a veterinarian.

There are various ways a Leopard gecko's food can be complemented. This article discusses Leopard gecko supplementation through food dusting.

Esitmated reading time: About 1 min. (199 words)

Introduction

Food supplementation plays a vital part in keeping pet Leopard geckos healthy. Dusting is the process of coating insects, or other foodstuffs, with a powdered supplement prior to being fed. Other ways of supplementing a Leopard gecko’s food include gut-loading and sprinkling.

Supplementation through dusting

Dusting can be done on any feeder insect, but it is very popular (and quite simple) to do with live crickets and mealworms. Food is simply mixed with a moderate amount of supplement powder in a spill- or escape-proof plastic bag or container.

In order to keep it fresh, dusting should be done just prior to feeding the insects or greens to Leopard geckos.

Supplements for dusting

Any powdered form of Leopard gecko supplementation can be used for dusting food. To ensure quality and optimal efficiency, commercial reptile (or even ‘Leopard gecko’) supplementation should be used.

Powdered reptile supplements for dusting

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The two main supplements recommended for Leopard geckos are multi-vitamin mixtures and calcium/Vitamin D3 combinations. Calcium supplementation should be done 2 to 3 times a week, and multi-vitamin mixtures should be given every other day.