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Dog Elbow Calluses 

If your pup is suffering from elbow calluses, rest assured, he’s not alone

Elbow callus normal, Spencer (Boxer)

What are elbow calluses?

Calluses are part of what is referred to as pressure sores. Calluses are hairless areas of thickened skin over a bony area. Each time your dog lies down on a hard surface, the pressure causes the skin to thicken in order to protect the bone and dog elbow calluses begin to form.We usually see calluses on the outside of the elbow, but we also see them on the hip and hock.

Heavy dogs are predisposed to elbow calluses since the heavier a dog is the more pressure exerted. Senior dogs that have medical problems are likely to develop calluses on their elbows due to their inactivity.

Spencer developed calluses on both elbows, hips and hocks  because he was lying on the cold floor tiles day and night due to the hot summer temperatures on Mallorca/Spain.

Hip callus infected, Spencer Boxer

When a callus is infected

Normal dog elbow calluses are only a cosmetic concern and pose no health risk to your furry friend. But if they are not observed and cared for they can crack and bleed an get  infected. In some cases, a fluid-filled area at the point of one elbow may form, a condition known as elbow hygroma.

While your dogs calluses can be easily treated at home, it is important to know when to see your vet. In case a dog caluss starts bleeding, ulcerated and open area, you have to see a vet inmediately.

Hygromas and Elbow calluses can be prevented by providing soft bedding, especially beds made of orthopedic foam.

Dog callus Treatment and prevention

Prevention of dog calluses requires going to the root of the problem. We have to look at the dog´s environment first. If your dog seeks out hard, cool surfaces to escape from the summer heat, try to offer him alternative sleeping areas or test gel-cooling mats for dogs. In winter provide him a comfy soft bedding.

Observing your dog´s elbows, hips and hocks can help you keep track of any impending problem. Treatment is fairly easy and very effective when calluses are discovered early.

Our simple solution

Dogz and Dogz Dog Elbow Balm moisturizes and soothes and creates a non greasy, protective barrier that helps restore and protect the dry callus area. The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial power of our herbal ingredients helps keep infections at bay.

This 100% organic Olive Oil Balm balm packs dog-friendly ingredients like organic Coconut Oil, organic Avocado Oil, Beeswax, Shea butter, Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, Chamomille and Allantoin.

Like all our dog balms, the Elbow Balm is absolutely safe if eaten.

Read more about our all-natural ingredients here

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