How to Treat and Prevent Pressure Sores and Calluses on Dog Elbows
What Is a Callus?
Calluses are thick, rough, overgrown areas of skin that appear over a bony pressure point. The affected skin often hardens as a form of protection. Your dog may also develop hygromas which are soft, fluid-filled subcutaneous sacks that form where friction occurs.
Picture Of A Large Callus on My Dog's Elbow
My Dog Developed Calluses on His Upper Elbows
Calluses are not only painful; they can easily become a serious condition for your family pet. My Golden Retriever is 7 years old and this is my story about how his calluses hurt, bled and quickly became unmanageable. It breaks my heart to know that I wasn't knowledgeable enough to understand how these calluses could turn into such a nightmare. Pay attention to your dog, he will let you know if something is hurting. I'll offer some tips on how to prevent the issue in the first place.
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Calluses on Dogs Cause Pain and Bleed
My Golden Retriever started getting a callus on each elbow. He's a mellow dog; he often plops down on the carpet anywhere. I could actually tell he was not comfortable settling down by the way he would slowly slide his legs down, inch by inch, to get situated on the carpet. When he did try to settle, he would scrape the floor with his elbows along the way.
He was constantly licking his elbows because he did have the calluses. I looked to see if maybe he had a piece of shrubbery, fleas or something from the yard stuck to it. I noticed some blood trickling on his leg going down to his paw. I first thought that his callus had been torn from playing with my other dog. I had some bag balm and I wrapped it with gauze until I got him to the vet.
Of course, it was a Friday night and the vet's office was closed. It wasn't an emergency but by the time I got my dog his appointment, the callus was getting infected. It cost me $225 for a 7 day supply of antibiotics, pain medicine and a topical spray. The vet said to make my dog a soft bed for him to lay on to help the wounds clear up. Lay it somewhere where he likes to lay down the most (which is usually everywhere; particularly right next to me on the floor by the couch).
Get A Dog Bed To Help Prevent Calluses and Pressure Sores
Invest in a soft bed: I purchased a dog bed for my Golden Retriever who was 110 pounds. I must say, he did lay in his bed frequently but he also liked to just plop down anywhere that was convenient. This bed did help heal up some of his calluses as it also it was his comfort zone.
Do Not Wrap Pressure Sores or Calluses
If your dog has calluses or sores and they start bleeding or look infected, please take your pet to the vet. Don't wrap them unless the vet tells you to do so. I thought I was helping; instead, I made it worse.
Is a Hygroma The Same Thing As A Callus?
A hygroma is not a callus; it's a fluid filled sac that forms on either the elbows or sometimes hips, and develops under the skin. These normally develop in bigger dogs (because of their weight) who lay on hard floors such as wood floors or concrete. Hygromas usually don't cause any pain and can last a very long time. If they stay small, it usually doesn't cause any problems.
Hygromas can get large and get infected; at that point, it could cause pain for your dog. It's possible your vet may need drain the sac and release the fluid.
Large Hygroma On Dog's Elbow
Remedies for Dog Pressure Sores- Overview
- Elbow cream, wax, or Vitamin E: Nothing will stop the calluses from forming since they are caused by pressure, but elbow cream, vitamin E, or wax may help smooth and soften the surrounding skin. The purpose of the cream is to smooth, soften, and help the calluses be less restrictive, tight, and at risk of tearing.
- Try to help your dog get used to his bed: Remember, he may need some time or he also may take ownership right away.
- Lay soft blankets or pillows in his normal resting spots: Doing this can help with the times he doesn't want to get in his bed. Your dog doesn't quite understand why he is supposed to lay in his bed when he is relaxing.
Ways You Can Help Heal Your Pet's Sores
- Do not wrap the callused elbows unless your vet tells you to.
- If your dog is fairly inactive, take you pet for more walks to keep them from laying down all day.
- Check your dog's elbow every day to make sure he/she isn't bleeding.
- Put a sheet down and/or on your couch and let your dog sleep there or somewhere soft.
- If the wound looks infected, take your dog to a vet immediately.
- Have your vet prescribe something for pain relief.
- More importantly! Do not give your dog any of your pain medications or any medicines. Yes, it is true that there are some medications that you can pick up at your pharmacy; however, those are different than pain medicines you may have. A vet has pain medicine specifically for your pet.
Protective Sleeves for Your Dog's Elbow
I tried the elbow protector sleeves for my dog's callus. I must say, that these, along with the bed and cream, helped tremendously.
The sleeves aren't tight as wrappiing the callus,; it was not able to get any air for healing. When he chose to slide himself down on the carpet, the sleeve protected it from scraping. I do recommend these as well. The sleeves are also great for pressure sores and hygromas.
Always Consult Your Veterinarian
I have provided you my experience and what my vet told me as far as my dog's calluses on his legs. Please take your dog to your vet for any problems that arise that you are concerned about. I am not qualified to give you any direct medical advice. My situation may have been different than yours.
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