Zinc-responsive dermatosis in a red wolf (Canis rufus)

Karen Kearns, Jonathan Sleeman, Linda Frank, Linda Munson

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An 18-mo-old male red wolf (Canis rufus) presented with footpad hyperkeratosis, suppurative paronychia, distal limb pyoderma, and peripheral lymphadenopathy. Diet for the previous 11 mo consisted of a mixture of two commercially prepared dog foods with a mineral supplement containing primarily calcium. Culture of the draining tracts on the distal limbs yielded a mixed population of opportunistic bacteria. Histopathologic findings were consistent with a diagnosis of zinc deficiency. Medical therapy consisted of 15 mg/kg amoxicillin p.o. b.i.d. and 10 mg/kg zinc sulfate p.o. s.i.d. Calcium supplementation was discontinued. Clinical signs resolved by 10 wk after the initiation of treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-258
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000


  • Canis rufus
  • Dermatosis
  • Nutritional dermatosis
  • Parakeratosis
  • Red wolf
  • Zinc

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • veterinary(all)


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