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Supplemental zinc sources for adult cats Fontes suplementares de zinco para gatos adultos

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Author(s): Janine França | Flávia Maria Oliveira Borges Saad | José Walter da Silva Júnior | Lilian Naomi Numajiri | Adriana Brasil Ferreira Pinto | Ana Flávia Chizzotti

Journal: Revista Brasileira de Saúde e Produção Animal
ISSN 1519-9940

Volume: 9;
Issue: 3;
Date: 2008;
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ABSTRACT
An 56-day experiment was conducted with 24 adult male and female cats, no defined breed and animals average weight of 3.56kilograms. The experimental design was entirely randomized, with four treatments and six repetitions, amounted to 24 experimental units for all the assessed parameters, except for zinc source retention, with 18 experimental units, and skin biopsy, with 16 experimental units. A split-plot arrangement was used for plasma zinc assessment. The experimental treatments were four: commercial ration plus 30 mg of chelated zinc; commercial ration plus 30 mg of zinc (zinc sulfate); commercial ration (feed) plus 30 mg of zinc (zinc oxide); control treatment (commercial feed with no supplemental source). The fecal excretion, the chelated zinc and the zinc oxide sources presented less excretion (P
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