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Dog Elbow Callus: Home Remedies and Natural Treatment Options

Nali Macklin - March 19th 2020

Accuracy Review & Edit: Nicole Wanner, DVM - June 24th 2021
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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 possibly leading to Pyoderma

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.  

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, which is why we include it in our topical CBD balm for dogs.  Vitamin E also works well as a treatment for other skin conditions like dog nose hyperkeratosis, or for dogs with a rash in the groin.

Are there any natural treatment options?

As a pet parent, you want to use natural treatment options for your dog whenever possible, and with conditions like a dog elbow callus, or dry dog paws, natural treatments can work well.

As well as limiting your dog's contact with the hard surfaces which are causing the rough skin, you will want to moisturize the callus to give it the best chance of healing.

We make our all-natural topical CBD soothing balm for dogs with a base of virgin shea butter, one of the best natural moisturizers available. We add in Vitamin E, Coconut oil, Niaouli, Lavender, Frankincense, and Myrrh; these are all beneficial for skin health and are non-toxic to dogs.

The CBD in our balm works with localized cannabinoid receptors to support your dog's skin's health, and it's refined at a low temperature to retain as many of its natural benefits as possible.

You can safely use this product in combination with our CBD oil for dogs, which provides an effective dose of CBD to help maintain optimal health and promote physical and mental well-being.   

Accuracy Review by:
Dr. Nicole Wanner is a veterinarian and published scientific researcher. She studies the effects of CBD as a Ph.D. candidate.

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