Benefits of Zinc for your dog’s skin and coat
Your dog’s skin health is very important and zinc is a critical mineral needed for normal skin development. Many skin problems are due to excessive or inadequate oil production from your dog’s sebaceous glands. If there is too much oil production, the oil builds up on the skin causing clumps of dead skin cells to form. As the dead skin cells continue to accumulate, bacteria, germs, and fungus growth will follow. This can lead to additional skin problems such as itchiness, scratching, and other serious issues. On the other hand, if not enough oil is being produced, your dog’s skin can become dry and brittle. In either case, the sebaceous glands need zinc to produce the right amount of oil and be balanced.
Signs of Zinc Deficiencies
When dogs do not have enough zinc, one of the first places you will notice it is on their skin. Dogs will usually shed more, itch and scratch more, have dandruff-like flaking, and sometimes a foul odor. As your dog plays outside and is active, the odors on their skin and coat can become increasingly strong. A product with zinc can help neutralize the odor and get your dog’s skin back to a balanced level. Zinc removes odors at the source to help prevent harmful skin conditions when used on a regular basis.
Sometimes, natural remedies won’t always work because they often do not get to the root cause of dry, itchy skin. Always check with your veterinarian before starting a home remedy to make sure your dog doesn’t have a more serious problem and that the home remedy you have planned will be healthy for your dog.