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Calluses and Pressure Sores on Dog's Elbow: How to Treat and Prevent Sores
Large Callus on My Dog's Elbow
Golden Retriever With Calluses
Calluses On My Dog's Upper Elbows
Calluses are not only painful, but they also can get to be serious condition for your family pet. I have a Golden Retriever and he is 7 years old. This is my story of how the calluses on a dog's elbow can really hurt, bleed and get out of hand. The information provided will help tell you how to avoid the situation in the first place. I know now, first hand. This story is what happened to my beloved dog when i didn't understand the seriousness of calluses on the elbows.
I never have loved a dog before like I do my Golden and it breaks my heart to know that I wasn't knowledgeable enough to understand how these calluses can turn into a nightmare.
What Is A Callus?
Calluses are thick, rough overgrowth areas of skin over a bony pressure point. Calluses get hard as a form of protection. Your dog could also form Hygromas. Hygromas are soft, fluid-filled subcutaneous sacks that form right where the friction occurs.
Pressure Sore On Elbow
A Callus Can Be Painful And Bleed
My Golden started getting a callus on each upper elbow. He's a lazy dog, and just plops down on the carpet anywhere. I could actually tell he was not comfortable by the way he slowly slid his legs down. When he did that though, he would scrape the floor along the way. I noticed he was constantly licking his elbow so I was looking to see if maybe he had a piece of shrubbery or something from the yard stuck to him like a dog usually gets. I saw some blood on his leg; it was coming from the cracked callus and it was dripping down a little to his paw. I thought maybe it got torn from my other golden and them playing together. I had some bag balm and I wrapped it with gauze until I got him to the vet. Pay attention to your dog as he will let you know if something is hurting.
Dog Beds Are Great For Your Pet
How To NOT Treat Calluses/Pressure Sores
My thought process to help ease the pain of the pressure sore was to clean it real good like the vet told me to and keep an eye on it. My dog just kept plopping down on the carpet, so I took some gauze and an ace bandage, and wrapped it around his upper elbows to help keeping them from scraping on the carpet. Not so good idea, but I was honestly trying to help him. The reason it wasn't a good idea, was that it didn't let the calluses get any air and it made it worse! By the time I got him to the vet Monday, the calluses were infected. So, it ended up costing me $225 because of the antibiotics for a 7 day supply, the pain medicine and a medicine that came in a spray bottle to dry them up. The vet said after these cleared up, to make him a soft bed somewhere where he likes to lay a lot, which is usually right next to me on the floor by the couch, and put other soft bedding where he lays the most; which is usually everywhere.
If your dog does have any calluses or sores and you notice that they start bleeding, please take your pet to the vet. Don't wrap them like I did unless the vet tells you to do so. There may be different circumstances than what hapowned to my dog. I honestly really thought I was doing him more good than harm. I love my dog like my own child, and had no idea.
Elbow Cream or Wax
There really is nothing will stop the calluses since they are caused by pressure, but Elbow cream or a wax may help smooth and soften them. The purpose of the cream is to smooth, soften and help the callus be less restrictive and tight for your dog.
Dog Bed For Your Beloved Pet
Ways You Can Help Heal Your Pets Sores
- Do Not wrap the elbows up like I did first of all
- If your dog is lazy, take them for more walks-it helps keep them from laying all day
- Do check your dog's elbows every couple days to make sure he isn't bleeding
- I put a sheet on my couch and let my dog sleep there (It's soft for him)
Use Vitamin E Or Bag Balm on the calluses to keep them so. sure there is soft bedding for your dog to lie on
Monitor Your dog and watch especially if you have had problems before and If they look infected, take them to a vet immediately. These are painful
Get a Dog Bed for Your Pet
I got this bed for my golden retriever who was 110 pounds. I must say, that he did lay in his bed frequently but he also liked to just plop down anywhere that was convenient. This did help heal up some of his calluses and if you don't want to purchase a bed, at least pile up a little blanket on the floor.
Excellent Video of Dog's Pressure Sore (Informational)
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