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Old 11-17-03, 02:27 PM   #15 (permalink)
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No biggie, I was just curious. Bloodwork doesn't always show up the reasons why herps become substrate-eaters anyhow. We really don't even know what levels of trace minerals are normal for humans, so how could we possibly figure out normal levels for our pets?

Mineral deficiencies are partly picked up by a complete blood count, but unless you specifically order metabolic panels done there's a lot of stuff not tested. I get spoiled because I've spent so much time working with a bowel surgery specialist who is trying to figure out why they eat all the crap they did to get impacted so we usually have all that stuff drawn up before surgery. Even so, true pica is rare. Some years it's less than 3% of all his cases. But that's probably just because we don't know how much manganese or selenium or whatever they really do need.
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