DOG ELBOW CALLUS INFO
HOW TO HELP SOFTEN AND PROTECT YOUR DOG’S ELBOW CALLUSES
You are a really good dog mom or dad, you know you are! Your dog gets the best of food, high-quality treats, safe toys and has thick, cushy beds in every room of the house. You even splurged and have an outdoor bed so all of the family can be comfy on the deck. So, what the heck is your pampered pet doing with ugly elbow calluses? Your friends ask, “What is that on his elbows?” with a tone that seems a bit accusatory, touched with shock and disgust (or so it feels like). It seems that no matter what you do, there they are…big, ugly calluses hanging off his elbows.
WHAT CAUSES CALLUSES ON MY DOG’S ELBOWS?
First let’s chat about what causes those elbow uglies…we will be all professional and called them pressure sores.
Pressure sores are areas of skin and the tissue underneath that are right over bony part that poke out (like elbows) and have been damaged by trauma from continuous pressure (like laying around). Calluses are thick, rough overgrowth areas of skin over a bony pressure point–they are hard and actually form to protect. Hygromas are soft, fluid-filled subcutaneous sacks that form right where the friction occurs (like the aforementioned elbows). Another fancy name for pressure sores in dogs is decubital ulcers. Calluses are really common, luckily the hygromas are not.
Calluses and hygromas are seen more often in large, heavy or giant-breed dogs and those that either prefer to sleep or rest on a hard surface, or are kenneled on a hard surface. In warmer areas the harder surfaces are usually cooler for big dogs, creating a dilemma. Just like a callus we would get on a thumb or heel, dogs get them from continual pressure on a point. The elbow is probably the most common site of pressure sores, although they also occur on the hips, hocks and along the sides of the legs.
WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PREVENT DOG ELBOW CALLUSES?
The best way to prevent pressure sores is to provide dogs with thick, comfy, luxurious beds everywhere they usually rest. Elderly dogs or dogs that are physically challenged should be given very soft, thick, well-padded beds to lie on, such as egg crate foam filled or special orthopedic dog beds.
Just like bed-ridden people, you may have to physically turn an especially “bed-bound” dog every few hours, to prevent “dog bed sores.”
Of course, the maddening part is to get them to actually USE the expensive, cushy bed.
WHAT DO YOU DO NEXT?
Simple calluses are not a disease or a reason to rush to the vet, they are a condition caused by their environment. As much as you may try to get your 200 pound Mastiff buddy to lie on his soft, plush bed, he just may prefer the concrete patio. There probably is not much you can do to change his mind.
It is a different matter if your dog has an ulcerated, open, oozing sore on the callused area that is infected or seems on the verge of infection. That warrants a trip to the vet and antibiotics may be needed. There may be a very rare suspicion of bone cancer and if so, biopsies will be performed. That is beyond the scope of this article/post. Once again, check with your vet if in doubt or it is obviously more than a simple callus!
The fluid-filled hygromas may be treated by draining and flushing the lesion. This is done just like it sounds, a needle is inserted and the fluid drained. This will be an ongoing process of having the fluid drained every so often. Yep, vet stuff! Do not attempt at home.
CAN ELBOW CALLUSES BE CUT OFF?
Surgical removal of calluses or hygromas is usually not recommended. There is some laser therapy treatment in the works, we will see what happens with that! I know people often have calluses shaved (makes me queasy to think about that), but the callus on a dog’s elbow is different and shaving it is not recommended.
HOW DO YOU TREAT YOUR DOG’S ELBOW CALLUSES?
All pressure sores should be cleaned with an antiseptic solution and then, you guessed it, apply ELBOW BUTTER.
Let’s sum it up…
- Provide soft, comfy beds and encourage your dog to use it
- Keep callus clean
- Apply ELBOW BUTTER
- Visit vet as needed
ELBOW BUTTER OVERVIEW
WILL ELBOW BUTTER HURT MY DOG IF SHE LICKS SOME AND SWALLOWS IT?
ELBOW BUTTER is made using all natural stuff that will not hurt your dog’s tummy. ELBOW BUTTER is made of butters, fats and oils, with no active ingredients to upset systems. Of course, you do not want them to eat that much fat at one time, so put the lid on and put it away!
Official Disclaimer: If your dog had an individual sensitivity to an individual ingredient, that would be a uniquely individual reaction. My college English professor would faint if she knew I used a word three times in a sentence.
TIN OR TUBE? WHICH IS BEST?
It is up to YOU. No difference at all in the actual product! Just the container is different.
HOW DO I KEEP MY DOG FROM LICKING IT OFF?
Distract & Divert! Give a cookie, feed their dinner, anything to distract them long enough for the product to melt in.
HOW DO I APPLY ELBOW BUTTER?
- Wipe callus clean (wet wipe etc.)
- Rub or dab ELBOW BUTTER onto the callus
- Give treat to distract from licking
- Keep off carpet and furniture for 10-15 minutes after application
WILL ELBOW BUTTER MAKE THE CALLUS GO AWAY?
MAYBE! Clients have reported calluses disappearing completely and hair growing back, BUT that is not guaranteed. Like those weight loss ads that say, “These results are not typical of all users.”
Your dog re-creates the callus overtime they lie back down on a hard surface. ELBOW BUTTER will soften the callus and keep it from bleeding, Plus, the anti-fungal and anti-bacterial power of the herbal ingredients will help keep infection from setting in.SHOP FOR ELBOW BUTTER
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Official disclaimer: This article is intended to inform and educate NOT take the place of a trip to the vet or regular vet care. Just sharing info. The Blissful Dog and Kathy Dannel Vitcak are not responsible for any results that may happen from reading this (unless they are positive and then we will take all the credit). A dog elbow callus is not life-threatening, but needs attention and observation.
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