General information on Zinc-responsive Dermatosis
A Deficiency of Zinc causes thinning of the hair and a scaly crusty skin over the face, most noticable on the nose, around the eyes, ears, mouth, elbow, and hocks. A genetic defect of poor zinc absorbtion has been identified in siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, and Samoyeds.
Symptoms of Zinc-responsive Dermatosis
Symptoms of Zinc-Responsive Dermatosis include thinning hair, scaly crusty skin over the face, nose, around the eyes, ears, mouth, elbows, and hocks.
Treatments for Zinc-responsive Dermatosis
Zinc-Responsive Dermatosis responds rapidly to zinc sulfate supplements or correction to diet. Artic breeds usually require zinc supplements for life.
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Zinc-responsive Dermatosis experience by - Connie
Clarksville Ohio, USA
My dog Jacy a shephard/husky gets a raw (looses his black pigmentaion ) nose and sometimes when healing it is cracked. I have noticed it happens when he is not feeling up to par. His last incounter is just now healing. The funny thing about it this time is, he was fine until we had to go back to work. We were on vacation last week and spent the entire week at home with him. He dosn't have to go to his bed ( cage ) when we dont have to get up the next mornig, he gets to sleep in our room, usally under the bed. The first morning when going back to work, and Jacy in his cage we woke up to diarrhea and his nose looking if it should be on rudolph. I beleive in my dog and maybe yours it has alot to do with stress. Like the story I just told you. Jacy was fine playfull and happy the entire week up until the night before we had to go to work the next day. He was not a happy camper having to have to go to "his" bed and not up with us. I am now going to keep him in HIS routine so his stress level dosn't change. I am hopefull this will work..
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