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Dog Elbow Callus: Home Remedies and Natural Treatment Options

Nali Macklin - March 19th 2020

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What is a dog elbow callus?

Almost 20% of all dogs, regardless of the breed, will suffer from a condition called Dog Elbow Callus in their lifetime.

It is a skin condition when one or several spots on the dog’s skin get thicker, hairs in that area often fall out, and the skin surface becomes rough.

While elbow calluses are usually not painful or dangerous, they can be itchy and uncomfortable to some dogs, not to mention unattractive.

In some cases, if elbow calluses are left untreated, they can crack, and bleed becoming sores that can get infected. 

What causes it?

When dogs lay on hard surfaces regularly, it causes prolonged pressure on their elbows or other parts of their body (hocks, hips, sternum, and along the side of the legs).

In time, calluses naturally form to protect the boney projections every time a dog plops down to take a nap on your kitchen floor or sunbathe by the pool.  

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Are some breeds more likely to get one?

Giant and large dog breeds, particularly those with short coats such as Great Dane, Labrador Retriever, Rottweiler, Mastiff, etc. are typically the ones to experience dog elbow calluses.

This is because large dog breeds tend to put more pressure on the elbows while lying down. 

Home remedies for dog elbow callus

Here are some home remedies you can try if your dog is experiencing or you want to prevent dog elbow callus.  

  • Soft Bedding: Many dogs will seek out the coldest spot to snooze, so you will usually find them lying on tiles or hardwood floors. Encourage your dog to sleep on that cozy, soft bed you bought him by making it an appealing place to be. Give him lots of praise and rewards such as toys or treats while he’s lying there. If your dog likes to lay outside during hot weather, consider buying one of those elevated beds or cooling pads made for dogs.   
  • Petroleum Jelly: Petroleum Jelly is a mixture of waxes and mineral oils. It works by sealing your dog’s skin with a barrier; this helps the skin retain moisture and heal. When applying, it is essential to make sure to reach all areas of a callus by massaging the product into your dog’s callus.  
  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E works by blocking free radicals and repairing skin. You can mix vitamin E oil to your dog’s food. However, the most effective way is to apply vitamin E oil directly to the skin surface.  
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Are there any natural treatment options?

Many people have chosen CBD balm as a natural treatment option which has the potential to improve the signs and symptoms of skin disorders in their dogs, such as elbow callus.

When you apply CBD balm to the skin, you’re targeting relief to a specific area. Once the skin absorbs the CBD, it interacts with cannabinoid receptors nearby.

For CBD topicals to work, a high concentration of CBD is needed.

Our Relievet CBD Topical Soothing Balm contains a high concentration of CBD combined with 100% natural ingredients, including vitamin E, fatty and omega acids, shea butter, and many antibacterial essential oils.

Our CBD oil for dogs can also be used either in combination with our topicals, or as a stand-alone option for dog elbow callus.

The skin is an organ which can be affected by your dog's endocannabinoid system, and CBD oil absorbed under the tongue is a very efficient way to get CBD into your dog's system

All our products are lab tested to ensure your pet’s utmost safety.  

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