How to Treat and Prevent Calluses on Dog Elbows That Can Bleed
My Dog Suffered From Calluses On His Elbows
What Does A Callus On Your Dog Do?
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. Calluses can get painful if they get infected and/or bleed.
Picture Of A Large Callus on My Dog's Elbow
The calluses your dog can develop can not only get painful; they can easily become a serious condition. My Golden Retriever was 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 they 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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My Golden was a mellow dog; he often plopped 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; he would scrape the floor 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 or something from the yard stuck to them because I noticed some blood trickling on his leg going down to his paw. I had some bag balm and I wrapped it with gauze to see if it would help.
It wasn't long until the callus was getting infected. It cost $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 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; it also it was his comfort zone so he did like the bed which made it easier.
Should I Wrap Up My Dog's Callus or Sores?
If your dog has calluses or sores and start bleeding or look infected, please take your pet to the vet. Don't wrap them up 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
Possible Remedies for Dog Calluses
- 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 elbow 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.
Please understand that not every callus will get infected or bleed. Your dog may just have one and might not have any problems. Just keep checking it once in and a while; if you notice anything, then you can address the situation.
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Questions & Answers
I read that sores on dog elbows should not be wrapped yet I've seen recommendations for protective sleeves. Should sores be wrapped or not?
My vet instructed me not to wrap the elbow. He said that air needed to get to the wound. Keep in mind that my situation may have been different. My dog's elbow was bleeding and had some infection. Please consult the vet if you need assistance and have questions. Your dog may need an antibiotic.-:and depending on the severity of the callus, it may need air to get to it. The dog sleeves have padding in them, and they are not as tight as wrapping it with an Ace bandage.Helpful 18
Do pressure sores and calluses go away? My dog seems to have his hair growing back in the areas the callus flaked away, is that common?
From my experience with my Golden Retriever, the answer was, no. We could only treat the callus to help it from getting worse, to heal the infection and try to keep him from hard surfaces as much as we could. He was a fairly large dog, and as he got older, he became less active; that certainly didn't help matters. He had arthritis also which made it harder for him to lay down. He would gradually slide his front legs down on the carpet or wherever he was going to lay down. As he went down, he would scrape the calluses which would tear them. He also has hair growing back on and around the calluses, so I'm assuming that is normal.Helpful 13
How do I take care of callouses on hocks from being crated too much?
I really suggest you maybe ask your vet. I'm not sure of the severity of the situation on top of it. Have you tried bedding, comforters on the floor or inside the crate? I'm not sure how long he is actually crated a day, but if there's a possible way to keep him out a little bit longer so he's not constantly laying on them; but if that's totally impossible, I would, again, try bedding inside the crate to keep his elbows and legs from laying in the hard crate. Also, have you tried any of the creams or anything on his callus?Helpful 8
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