A trace element. Zinc salts are used in skin lotions, eye washes, in treatments and preventatives for footrot in sheep and in products for treating facial eczema in sheep and cattle. Available in combination with maneb as an agricultural fungicide.

[affected.gif] Animals most affected
Dogs, (cattle, sheep).

[etiology.gif] Etiology
Ingestion of fragments of zinc metal or of soluble zinc salts (e.g. zinc chlorate, sulphate or acetate). Industrial contamination of water or forage. Cases of zinc poisoning are most uncommon.

[toxic.gif] Toxicity
In general, zinc salts are of very low toxicity and extremely large quantities need to be ingested to cause toxic effects:
2230 ppm in the diet
  pigs 50-500 ppm in drinkmg water

[clinical.gif] Clinical features
Acute or sub-acute poisoning

Chronic poisoning
Extremely uncommon and difficult to identify or to prove:

[lesions.gif] Lesions

[treatm~1.gif] Treatment
No antidote. Symptomatic care only: