Besides its overall effect on the body, this trace element is crucial for collagen and keratin synthesis. It therefore has healing qualities and promotes beautiful coats. Zinc deficiencies most often occur in foods of poor quality, rich in bran and minerals that prevent the normal absorption of zinc.
Zinc is a minor mineral, a transition element, qualified in nutrition as a trace element due to its low quantitative importance, although it is vital for the body. Nordic breeds of dog sometimes have problems assimilating zinc.
Zinc is the coenzyme in a great many metabolic systems. It is essential to the transport of vitamin A in the blood and plays an important role in reproduction. It is also a fundamental element for the integrity of the skin and so also the quality of the hair. Lastly, zinc helps the elimination of lactates produced during short, intense muscle effort.
Zinc is found in the form of mineral salts, but also in whole meal cereals and in all animal products. During supplementation, zinc can be provided in
organic form (zinc gluconate or zinc plus methionine) to facilitate its absorption.