December 2016
Peer Reviewed

Figure 1 Crusted lesions on the face of a husky with zinc-responsive dermatosis


How can diet cause skin disease in dogs? 


Skin disease can be associated with diet via nutritional deficiencies (inherited or acquired) or adverse reactions (immunologic or allergic).  

Nutritional Deficiency 

Acquired nutritional deficiencies are rare because of the quality and regulation of commercial diets. Nutritional imbalances—most commonly related to zinc, vitamin A, fatty acids, and protein1—more often occur when dogs with specific nutritional requirements (eg, because of age or disease risk) are fed inappropriate diets or when systemically poor health affects a dog’s ability to use specific nutrients. 

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