Dog Time / Raw Pet Digest
Zinc deficiency is a surprisingly less well known issue that can have fatal consequences. Large breeds in particular are prone to zinc deficiency. Zinc is the second most commonly used mineral in your dog’s body (Iron is first), and must be absorbed through diet. It aids in metabolism and acts as an antioxidant.
While deficiency is the most common issue, toxicity is also dangerous and supplementing zinc must be done in precise amounts. How to Recognize Zinc Issues? They present in a variety of symptoms that change over time. Watch out for:
- Chronic digestive issues
- Immune system issues (prone to infections)
- Weight gain or loss (thyroid concerns)
- Patches of dermatitis (hot spots around eyes, paws, groin)