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COSTA-VAL, Adriane Pimenta da et al. Zinc - responsive dermatosis in a fila brasileiro. Cienc. Rural [online]. 2010, vol.40, n.5, pp. 1214-1217. ISSN 0103-8478. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-84782010000500035.
Nowadays zinc - responsive dermatosis is reported in many species. In dogs, the zinc - responsive dermatosis exists in two different forms, named as Syndrome I and II. The former occurs mainly in Nordic breed dogs, as these animals may present a genetic defect that interferes with intestinal zinc absorption. Syndrome II occurs in rapidly growing puppies fed zinc-deficient diets or diets containing an excess of calcium or phytate, and has been described in many breeds, but no reports on Fila Brasileiro were found in literature. A case of zinc responsive dermatosis in a Fila Brasileiro puppy is described for the first time.
Keywords : dog; calcium; phytate and skin.