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Zinc Deficiency in Dogs with Special Reference to its Effect on the Coat

Zinc Deficiency in Dogs with Special Reference to its Effect on the Coat

Noura El-Shahat Attia1*, Abd El-Khalek Ramadan El-Sheikh1, Mohamed Omia Siam2 

1Department of Animal Medicine (Internal Medicine), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, Egypt; 2BVSc. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, Egypt.

*Correspondence | Noura El-Shahat Attia, Department of Animal Medicine (Internal Medicine), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, Egypt; Email: noura_abobaker@yahoo.com 

ABSTRACT

This study aimed for recording the clinical and laboratory findings of Zinc (Zn) deficiency in dogs. The clinical study was conducted on two groups of dogs. The first group consisting of seven dogs which was clinically healthy and used as a control group, and the second group consisting of sixteen dogs “German Shephard” at different ages which was suffering from decrease appetite, stunt growth rate, as well as skin lesion in form of loss of hair, crust, scales and inflammation of skin “dermatitis”. All dogs were subjected to clinical and laboratory examinations followed by special dermatological examination. Skin scrapings were examined under light microscope for the detection of fungal spores or mites. Blood samples were taken for hematological analysis, along with taking serum samples for biochemical analysis. Rectal temperature, heart, and respiration rates were not significantly differed between the two groups. Packed cell volume (PCV), total erythrothetic count (TEC), white blood cells (WBCs), serum glucose, total proteins and serum Zn were significantly decreased. Moreover, while copper (Cu) and iron (Fe) were significantly increased (p<0.05). All diseased dogs were treated with Zn sulphate @10mg/kg orally and daily for 14 days, and the treated dogs revealed a marked improvement in clinical signs and other different hematological and biochemical parameters.

Keywords | Dogs, Zn deficiency, Dermatosis, Skin affection 

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Advances in Animal and Veterinary Sciences

June

Vol. 12, Iss. 6, pp. 994-1205

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