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Zinc Deficiency in Husky

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Leah, CGC

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Barked: Sun Dec 13, '09 4:00pm PST 
I have a friend with a 3 yo intact male Husky who has recently been diagnosed with Zinc Deficiency - we are starting supplementation but wanted to hear any notes or advice from other husky who have this. What areas is it affecting on you? Wha types of issues made you suspect Zinc deficiency? When did you start seeing symptoms? Are you treating with supplements or diet? How long did it take for your symptoms to resolve? Thanks in advance for you personal stories! dog

ETA: What type of supplement have you used? Advice from our internal medicine specialist was to use Zinc tablets from GNC but just curious if anyone as had luck with a specfic brand or type of Zinc. I know we can use Zn Sulfate, Zn Gluconate and Zn methionine but each requires a different dosing structure since they have different levels of elemental zinc in them. The dose of elemental zinc suggested was 1mg/kg/d. Anyone have a different suggestion?

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Leah, CGC

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Barked: Mon Dec 14, '09 7:05pm PST 
*BUMP* - anyone at all???
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Phoebe, CGC

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Barked: Mon Dec 14, '09 7:13pm PST 
Sorry, Leah, I got nothin'! frown
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Lilith

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Barked: Mon Dec 14, '09 7:17pm PST 
Leah,

Do you know why? Is it cause he wasn't getting enough Zinc or if it's something with him, as in he can't process Zinc correctly? Liver and kidney deficiencies can lead to a zinc deficiency even if the diet contains enough zinc..

Was the dog on a vegetarian diet? This can cause Zinc deficiency, too.
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Leah, CGC

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Barked: Mon Dec 14, '09 7:51pm PST 
Lilith aparently this is specific to the husky breed - I think it is in the way they process the zinc. Again I have seen it in medical books as zinc deficient dermatitis but have never really seen it until this dog - the docs where I work seem to think it may be this and are doing their own research into treatment but I figured I would ask around too

Here are some links to info I have already found
link 1 link 2 link 3

Oh well I guess the search continues - grr!
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Lilith

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Barked: Mon Dec 14, '09 7:56pm PST 
Ah, yes, I know it's said to be able to be inherited in Nordic breeds - just wanted to double check.

No experience with it in dogs, though, I used a zinc pill when I was short on it when I was a vegan. I hope you find what you need .. hug
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Barked: Mon Dec 14, '09 8:15pm PST 
Hypozincemia is usually nutritional, but can also be associated with malabsorption, diarrhea, acrodermatitis enteropathica, chronic liver disease, chronic renal disease, sickle-cell disease, diabetes, malignancy, and other chronic illnesses. Signs of zinc deficiency include hair loss, skin lesions, diarrhea, and wasting of body tissues. Zinc deficiency may cause a decrease in appetite which can degenerate into anorexia or anorexia nervosa. Cognitive and motor function may also be impaired in zinc deficient puppies. Zinc deficiency contributes to an increased incidence and severity of diarrhea and pneumonia. High dose of zinc, 30 mg 1-3 times a day, prevents dysmenorrhea.
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Kiona CGC

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Barked: Mon Dec 14, '09 8:27pm PST 
Hi Leah! I do not have any personal, first-hand experience with zinc deficiency in Siberians, but you are right - it is very common with Siberians!

Here is a link some information about zinc deficiency from the Siberian Husky Health Foundation website.

I hope this helps!