Iodine requirement for mink (Mustela vison)

Maria Sylvest Blæsbjerg, Niels Enggaard Hansen, Peter Sandbøl & Mette Schulin-Zeuthen: Danish Fur Breeders Research Center Holstebro, Denmark

Toxic levels of iodine in mink diets has been investigated. The iodine requirement of mink has not been determined experimentally.
Recent trials with dogs and cats indicate that a simple balance study may be used to estimate the requirement. The hypothesis is that faecal iodine is independent of intake and that there is a positive correlation between intake and renal loss. A trial was set up with adult male mink, in order to estimate the iodine requirement for maintenance.

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