Reptaid Review l Must-Have Supplement for Reptile owners

Amber technology is a wonderful company that utilizes powerful herbs to heal various ailments in our pets. While their products are marketed for many animals aside from dogs and cats, they have also released reptaid and reptaid XL, which are products that are specifically designed for reptiles. In my opinion, all reptile owners should have a bottle on hand.

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What makes reptaid essential?

Reptile and amphibian care and health maintenance can be tricky. Being prey species, these particular animals don't necessarily like to reveal their illness to you, and often hide it health ailments until the situation becomes dire. When this happens, a stressful (for both the animal and the owner) and expensive vet visit is urgently needed. Such stress may worsen your pet's condition, whatever it may be. The combination of these elements can easily be fatal for these fragile animals.

Reptaid gives options back to pet owners. If a pet is exhibiting unusual behavior, this should be a red flag that there is an issue. Even the slightest off-behavior could signify an underlying problem and should be addressed immediately. This is where alternative medicine supplements play an important role. As a target-all health enhancement tonic, reptaid can be given and the owner can observe if the issue resolve before the vet trip.

When To Use Reptaid

  1. Change in behavior- If your reptilian pet is exhibiting inexplicable 'off' behavior (appetite loss is a very common example) or any other sudden unusual activities, the immunity-strengthening qualities of reptaid may resolve an underlying problem before it manifests.
  2. Suspected illness- If symptoms appear early on, reptaid can be used as a last ditch effort as long as the problem does not appear urgent. Reptaid is beneficial as it can be used without a stressful vet trip that can cause discomfort the the animal and make the problem worse.
  3. Health maintenance- Reptaid can be administered safety even if your pet isn't experiencing any problems. The herbs that the mixture contains boost health and immunity, for overall health maintenance.

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Does it work?

There is some debate among the reptile community about the effectiveness of Reptaid. All supplements should indeed meet some level of scrutiny, as no one should expect any product to be a 'miracle cure' for severe problems. However, Reptaid has many anecdotal reports of success from different reptile owners in various internet forums. Even if we were to rule that much of it was from people who experienced coincidental success, and other reports may be that of 'shills', there is still an overwhelmingly positive reception with Reptaid, with little or no reports of negative side effects.

Much of the criticism of Reptaid noticeably comes from skeptical people who have never tried it. In addition, much peer-reviewed research verifies the efficiency of the active ingredients it contains. We don't know if all the ingredients are as equally effective or important, but we do know that as a whole, the reported results are hard to ignore. Lack of success does also not equate to ineffectiveness, and there will be individual cases where the targeted problems did not improve. This can occur for many different reasons: progression and stage of the disease, the disease type, husbandry error, and more.

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How to use Reptaid

Again, this product should not be relied on as a miracle cure. Animals have immune systems that posses incredible healing strength, and Reptaid's ingredients support this, while fighting free-radical damage. The immune system is your pet's best defense against parasites, fungal infections, and bacteria. Many reptiles even posses symbiotic bacteria in their gut which, if the animal is in poor health, can cause illness. Husbandry errors are probably responsible for 99% of reptile health ailments, and if this isn't fixed, Reptaid will likely fail to keep your animal healthy in the long term.

Therefore, here are important measures to take while assisting a reptile or amphibian on Reptaid or any other health tonic.

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Important steps to take

  1. Improve husbandry- If there is a suspected problem, conduct extensive research of your care methods. Do you meet or exceed the recommended cage size? Do you have the proper UVA/UVB lighting, and are the bulbs old? Is your reptile a female that could possibly be gravid and suffering from a nutritional deficiency? These questions just scratch the surface of reptile care. Reptile forums are a great resource for in depth information.
  2. Keep stress at a minimum- Stress is a killer! One of the major benefits I believe Reptaid to have is the ability to assist a reptile recovering from a potential illness at its own at home without the stress of travel and handling at a vet's office (this also goes for the owner). Reptaid can be administered without the use of a syringe by placing the tonic in the animal's food (however, be sure the proper dosage is consumed entirely!). While on the supplement, it could be beneficial to cover the animal's cage so that it can't see people, or add in plants, hides, and other obscuring features if there are none already.
  3. Enhance nutrition- Double and triple check your pet's diet. Is it optimum for the species? Iguanas and other vegetarians and omnivores often suffer from deficiencies in diet in captivity. Perceived illness is an excellent time to enhance your pet's diet with at least 5 but preferably more nutritious vegetables/animal sources. For example, iguanas need nutrients from many different plant sources, as they may consume up to 50 species in the wild. Provide herbs, veggies, fruits that are known for their antioxidant content, and anything else that is species appropriate. Meat-eaters and insectivores can also benefit from the healing qualities of plants (feeding it to their prey).
  4. Supplementation- Check to see if your are supplementing adequately. Common problems for captive reptiles include insufficient vitamin A content/absorption, calcium, and lack of vitamin D sources (sunlight). If you can, absolutely expose your reptile to natural sunlight if needed for the species. Once all standard husbandry errors are addressed, animals can be assisted by supplemental sources of nutrition, such as bee pollen, thorvin kelp, and coconut oil. Of course, research before introducing these foods, and asses the possibility of negative consequences from combining certain products. Use these novel ingredients sparingly.


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My Personal Experiences

I have used Reptaid so far on a ball python, green iguana, red-eared slider, and panther chameleon. My chameleon suffered from kidney damage (discovered after a necropsy), and while this is irreversible, Reptaid and other supports such as extra nutrition and natural sunlight seemed to extend his life (6 months) and allowed him to recover from what looked like a near death renal failure attack.

My iguana came down with a tail infection that my first vet deemed to fatal because it had spread via the tailbones to the kidney area. Reptaid, antibiotic treatment prescribed by a new vet, sunlight, and a diet improvement were used and she has lived so far over 3 years past my vet's poor prognosis.

I also administered Reptaid to a ball python with appetite loss (well, he never really had it from the start) and experienced no negative effects, although the snake is just a picky feeder.

Sick red-eared slider. Symptoms are closed / filmy eyes and nose bubbles + reduced appetite.
Sick red-eared slider. Symptoms are closed / filmy eyes and nose bubbles + reduced appetite. | Source

My red-eared slider came down with what appeared to be pneumonia (undiagnosed) during the process of our moving to a temporary new house after our home was damaged, and was remedied with Reptaid and a higher quality UVB/UVA (either or both could have been for the recovery).

Evidence

Not all of the ingredients in Reptaid have been proven through peer-reviewed studies, but that does not mean they are ineffective. Some of the herbs used have been used for hundreds of years with positive reports. Some of the other herbs have been tested extensively and their mechanisms are described in many scientific reviews.

Main Ingredients
What it's suppoed to treat
Peer-reviewed supporting evidence?
Olive Leaf
Anti-microbial /immune strength.
"...O. europaea could be used as a potential source of promising natural antivirals, which have demonstrated to lack impact on health and environment.
Mustard Seed
Influenza, cold, parasite treatement.
No information found
Black Seed
Detroxifying, organ support (kineys, gastrointestinal, circulatory), immune support, anti-parasite.
"...BSO exhibited a striking antiviral effect against MCMV infection which may be mediated by increasing of Mφ number and function, and IFN-γ production."
Pau d'arco
Anti-tumor, antibiotic, antifungal, infections, antibacterial, reduces pain, immune support.
No concrete evidence
Cloves
Antibacterial, antiseptic, pain reliever, stimulates digestion, fungal infections.
No information found
Grapefrut Seed Extract
Antibacterial, fungicde, anti-viral, parasites.
The "...initial data shows GSE to have antimicrobial properties against a wide range of gram-negative and gram-positive organisms at dilutions found to be safe."
Jatoba
Strengthens body's overall functions, antibacterial and antifungal. Digestive stimulant.
No information found

Do not overdose

The makers of Reptaid have provided a specified dosage of the product for the body weights of animals. If these amounts are exceeded, the consequences may be unpredictable and negative. Do not dose more Reptaid than recommended for any reason, and do not exceed the 8 day time frame that is directed. If a day is skipped accidentally, it may be a good idea to wait a few days and resume the instructed routine. Or, finish the 8 day time period without adding in additional days.

Captive green iguanas often fall victim to poor husbandry and stress.
Captive green iguanas often fall victim to poor husbandry and stress. | Source

Method of administration

Aside from buying Reptaid, it is essential to have a scale to properly use this product. For smaller reptiles, a gram scale can be purchased relatively inexpensively from Amazon or cooking specialty stores. Follow the directions properly; Reptaid will come with a sheet that gives the recommended dosage for your pet's weight. Large reptiles that weigh over 1000g should have Reptaid XL. A small disposal syringe will be provided...it may be a good idea to buy extra syringes so you don't have to use the same one (especially if you are dosing more than one animal).

Very small reptiles can use Reptaid too! I recommend using 'deep pocket' dental irrigation syringes (can be purchased online) for reptiles like anoles, baby corn snakes, and other animals around these sizes. These tools do not have a sharp edge. Simply insert the tip slowly into the animal's mouth. If possible, two people should attempt this.

For large reptiles like iguanas, monitor lizards, and sulcata tortoises (of which you should use Reptaid XL), a typical human scale will suffice. Simply weight yourself holding the animal and subtract your weight. Convert pounds into grams.

The easiest method of course is to put Reptaid into your animal's food. If the reptile eats live insects, it is recommended to inject the insect (or, if your pet will eat them, it may be easier to inject canned non-live insects). Be sure to watch intensively while your pet eats to be sure they are getting the proper dosage.

Reptaid is excellent for emergencies (such as if your vet is unavailable for a period of time), if you're unsure if your pet is exhibiting unusual behavior, and for overall health promotion and nutritional variety. It is a wonderful addition to a reptile first aid kit.

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