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Calloused Elbows
23 Mar 2012, 11:35

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Calloused Elbows

Since moving here Bindy has developed calloused elbows. About the size of 50 cent coins. They are very dark, leathery and fur-less. Also has a softer pinker section without fur encroaching .


She has no deficit in mobility nor are these calloused spots engorged or inflamed.

Am putting it down to her lying the timber floors :qm

Are these a problem, or a natural part of ageing?
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Re: Calloused Elbows
23 Mar 2012, 11:45

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Lex has these, but he is an outside dog so he lays on concrete alot.
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Re: Calloused Elbows
23 Mar 2012, 11:49

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They aren't so much a natural sign of aging, more a result of dogs who lie on hard surfaces.

For example, Logan has them, and I am constantly working on them. She will lie down outside on concrete, no matter what you give her - be it beds, trampoline beds, cushions - that's just her. Whereas Storm always likes to lie down on soft areas, such as his crate bed, mattress etc, so he has not formed any callouses.
Inside our home is fine as the old carpet here is very plush-pile, but in most modern homes even carpet is not enogh to stop elbow callouses forming, Chook.

Quite point blank, most dogs will form these at some stage in their life. The trick is working on them before they get too bad, or too big.
Vitamin E capsules broken apart and massaged in work well. I am finding PawPaw ointment is helping in Logan's case. Others do just as well with different oils/moisturising creams.
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Re: Calloused Elbows
23 Mar 2012, 13:19

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So basically they are a chronic pressure sore over a prominent bony structure....Caused from lying on a hard surface.....But without becoming a nasty a pressure sore (like bed sores in humans)?

The Vitamin E caps, or paw paw or other moisturisers are used to to keep the calloused area subtle and flexible?...As in preventing skin tightening over a joint and restricting movement?
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Re: Calloused Elbows
23 Mar 2012, 13:41

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Yes, initially. Soften the callous with daily application, and in time you will be able to remove layers of dead, hard skin. In time, the calloused area will become smaller and smaller. With some dogs, even the fur can grow back, but it is depensive on:
Whether one can keep it up, day in and day out.
Finding the product that works for your dog.
Not using human callous/corn products which are poisonous to dogs, as they can lick the stuff, we can't!
How advanced the callouses already are - ie: how deep, how dry and how large etc.
The hardest one of all, trying to keep a dog from lying on hard surfaces whilst being treated. That is easier said than done, as treatment can take an awfully long time.
How a dog positions it's body when laying down also has some emphasis on the degree of their callouses.
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Re: Calloused Elbows
23 Mar 2012, 18:44

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Devils Advocate wrote:Yes, initially. Soften the callous with daily application, and in time you will be able to remove layers of dead, hard skin. In time, the calloused area will become smaller and smaller. With some dogs, even the fur can grow back, but it is depensive on:
Whether one can keep it up, day in and day out.
Finding the product that works for your dog.
Not using human callous/corn products which are poisonous to dogs, as they can lick the stuff, we can't!
How advanced the callouses already are - ie: how deep, how dry and how large etc.
The hardest one of all, trying to keep a dog from lying on hard surfaces whilst being treated. That is easier said than done, as treatment can take an awfully long time.
How a dog positions it's body when laying down also has some emphasis on the degree of their callouses.


Yes we can - we just don't like the taste!

Not so much a pressure sore Chook, the tissue underneath isn't damaged but the skin on top is thickened through friction.
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23 Mar 2012, 19:43

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I use Mushers Wax on doggy elbows. It is designed to minimize friction and I find my (rather bony) Dobes are relatively unaffected by lying on hard surfaces. I simply apply a layer regularly. Being wax it is also water resistant and stops the part of the body making contact with the surface from slipping.

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Re: Calloused Elbows
23 Mar 2012, 23:18

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Chook, I've got a little tub of calendula ointment you can have when you come here - it looks like vaseline and is wonderful stuff for skin complaints, wounds etc. Was made up by an animal naturopath.

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Re: Calloused Elbows
24 Mar 2012, 00:55

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GAG is getting out the vaseline? Better watch yourself Chooky!!! :shock
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Re: Calloused Elbows
24 Mar 2012, 11:07

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witchies bitch wrote:GAG is getting out the vaseline? Better watch yourself Chooky!!! :shock


Should be safe De...


I'm desexed.... :b
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Re: Calloused Elbows
24 Mar 2012, 11:10

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Lol @ Chook. Perhaps WB was thinking of a different part of your anatomy?
Did anyone else see that post where GAG was asking Meegs to post her some laboratory gloves?
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Re: Calloused Elbows
24 Mar 2012, 11:13

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Well I did buy a 2-pack of rubber gloves yesterday.....
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Re: Calloused Elbows
24 Mar 2012, 11:16

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Oh lovely - Chook's gonna waddle into GAG's place with a cork up his bum, now!
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Re: Calloused Elbows
24 Mar 2012, 11:40

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Devils Advocate wrote:Oh lovely - Chook's gonna waddle into GAG's place with a cork up his bum, now!


Ummm........Up my what?........ :es
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24 Mar 2012, 12:21

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Re: Calloused Elbows
24 Mar 2012, 13:10

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Oh dear, I've done it again!! :rofl

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Re: Calloused Elbows
24 Mar 2012, 13:12

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Ummm...What was the topic.... :idk


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Re: Calloused Elbows
24 Mar 2012, 15:25

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Chook wrote:Ummm...What was the topic.... :idk


Just another day at Australian Dog Forums... :rofl

:focl exactly what I was thinking! Miss 2 days, and miss every thread's opportunity for providing useful or at least relevant input! :lol

Back to the topic at hand.. Snow had crusty red callous type things on all his elbows, knees and legs where they touched hte concrete he lay on. I used Bepanthen on him and it worked WONDERS. He also had no interest in licking it- the only problem is that it reeks. Though apparently I'm in the minority on that one, and most people actaully like the smell :vomit
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Re: Calloused Elbows
27 Mar 2012, 12:10

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Now I've stopped sniggering at the minor derailment...

They are more like the callouses on human heels than pressure sores Chook. And like heel callouses, only an issue if they become excessivesly thick and dry out. Then can get deep and painful cracks. So all the abve tips on moisturising etc are good maintenance and will keep them at sensible and healthy levels.

They might reduce or even disappear in the cooler climate as she won't seek out hard cool surfaces and will enjoy soft and warm bedding instead.
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