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You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
Copper is an important mineral which is involved in many biochemical pathways - some of which explain its important role in the maintenance of healthy skin
Copper is an important component of several metalloenzymes and of proteins used for transport and storage in the body.
Deficiency of copper leads to several clinical signs :
If the cause of these skin signs is copper deficiency, copper concentrations in tissues (hair, plasma, liver as well as others) are low and can be measured in samples collected for analysis.
The biochemical roles of copper that explain these changes include :
Copper deficiency is not common. It occurs most often in young puppies or kittens due to one of 3 scenarios :
Treatment is to feed a complete and balanced ration and avoid excess mineral supplementation.
Updated January 2016