Did you know that in a dog's body, zinc is the second most regularly used mineral? If your dog isn't getting enough, he or she may become deficient, which can lead to a variety of health problems.
What is Zinc?
Zinc is a mineral that acts as an antioxidant and aids in the immune system of dogs. It's necessary for wound healing, fur, skin, and nail health, as well as cell reproduction and replenishment. Zinc works both alone and with other vitamins and minerals to assist the body in its day-to-day functioning. Unfortunately, even though the body needs zinc – it isn’t actually able to store it which is why its regular presence in your pup’s diet is important.
Are certain breeds more affected?
Yes, zinc insufficiency is more common in Huskies and Malamutes, but it has also been observed in Great Danes, Dobermans, St Bernards, and German Shepherds. Even if your dog isn't a member of one of these breeds, he or she may be affected.
What are the signs of a zinc deficiency in a dog?
If a dog has a zinc deficit, they will usually show several symptoms, which will fluctuate and worsen over time depending on how long the deficit has been present. These signs and symptoms include:
- Picky eating/lack of appetite
- Dermatitis patches that are crusty or elevated, generally around the eyes, nose, paws, or groin
- An immune system that is too or underly affective, resulting in frequent sickness, infection, or allergic reactions
- Weight gain
- Weight loss
- Skin and coat problems
- Hair loss
- Thickened paw pads
- Redness or weeping through the toes
- A frequent, persistent cough
- Organ failure
- Thyroid problems
The first two items on this list are frequently misinterpreted as food allergies, whereas crusty/raised areas of skin are frequently misdiagnosed as a topical allergic reaction.
If you see any of these symptoms in your dog, make sure they undergo a thorough examination from your veterinarian.
What can i do as a pet parent?
You should provide a well-balanced diet for your dog. A dog's digestive system is designed to eat and digest meat; it's what they're intended to eat in order to operate, and a high-meat diet can give all of the vitamins, proteins, fats, and minerals they require. Meat also contains a lot of water, which helps keep your dog's hydration levels in check.
Organ meats are greatest for your dog's health; liver, kidney, and heart are three excellent selections due to their high quantities of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants – all of which are critical for your dog's well-being.
These types of meat will supply your dog with enough of vitamin A, iron, niacin, omega 3, and, of course, zinc, all of which will benefit their joints, organs, immune system, skin, and coat.
Beef, chicken, halibut, rabbit, turkey, lamb, sardine, pork, and goat are among the meats with the highest zinc content.
When purchasing meals for your four-legged pet, make sure the meat is of human quality. Avoid pet meat and bone-in animal products since they may include preservatives that are harmful to your dog's health.
Fish oil is another good source of zinc and omega fatty acids. Add a squirt of high-quality salmon oil to your pet's food. This healthy addition to all of your pet's daily meals can help to improve their overall health, immunity, and skin and coat condition.
Zinc supplements can also be given to your dog. If your dog has a severe meat allergy or is a member of one of the high-risk breeds (Husky, Malamute, Great Dane, Doberman, German Shepherd, or St Bernard), a zinc supplement may be beneficial. The typical recommendation is 25 milligrams per 50 pounds of your dog's weight.
If you have a zinc shortage, it doesn't have to be as serious or frightening as it seems. As long as you’re feeding your fur baby with a balanced, well-managed diet, are aware of your breed’s specific vulnerabilities, and are proactive, you’re doing all you can to be the best pet parent to them!
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