Zinc PCA and Dogs
Zinc is a trace element living inside a dog’s body (humans as well), and is needed for healthy immune functions, skin health, and reproductive functions, to name a few. Zinc is known to be on of the most common needed trace elements that the majority of dog’s are deficient in. With low amounts of zinc in a dog, the immune system of the skin and coat is greatly weakened and infections such as mange, scabies, severe hot spots and yeast infections are very common. One obvious sign that a dog’s skin is lacking zinc is when mange or scabies infest the skin.
Why use form of Zinc PCA for dogs and pets?
There are many types of Zinc available, by far the most effective for skin problems on canines and humans is the PCA form. The PCA form is Zinc salt of L-pyrrolidone carboxylic acid. It is most effective at improving skin defense capabilities and health when applied topically. It also inhibits the enzyme that catalyses the production of dihydroxytestosterone, a hormone that can foster mange infestation. Zinc PCA also helps ro mange the sebaceous gland activity. Lastly, yet very important with respect to mange Zinc PCA is a powerful yet safe antibacterial.
The less expensive, other forms of zinc will have some limited benefit, but not nearly as much as the pca type. They will also require weeks of applications, where the zinc pca form will have almost immediate effects.
How to Apply Zinc PCA to a Dog’s Skin with Dog Mange
In the case of dog mange, it is best to apply zinc, in the form of zinc-pca directly to the skin, not via ingestion. The reason is that, while ingesting zinc is not a bad idea, it will take weeks for it to eventually benefit the skin. By applying via a cream or shampoo topically, the benefits will be immediate. Also, it is important to remember that when zinc is ingested, the proper amount must be administered as Zinc in high dosages can be dangerous for dogs.
Do not apply zinc-pca directly to the skin without a carrier, it is to strong if directly applied. Look for a shampoo or cream with Zinc PCA as an ingredient.
We hope this article was informative and useful for you and your pets.