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RE: Mazuri Chow In Diet

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Posted by: Mandolynn at Sat Sep 11 20:56:35 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Mandolynn ]  
   

Personally, I have found that most of the prepared tortoise foods are unhealthy. Many vets and experts warn against any commercial diet. They typically contain soy, wheat and or rice. These are high in omega 6 fatty acids which has a negative effect on health. They also have an acidifying effect which causes a leaching of bone. They are high in phytate which binds calcium and other minerals. They also have an unfavorable ca/ph ratio and a low ca/mg ratio which has a negative impact on calcium metabolism. Grains alter Vit D metabolism. Diets high in grains can have a negative impact on bone growth in spite of adequate exposure to sunshine. I recently adopted two Red Foots who had been fed a pelleted diet, and I think it contributed to their pretty severe pyramiding. I have lots of plants and weeds growing indoors and outdoors which is a fast way to feed torts. Here is a link about commercial diets
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