How to Treat and Prevent Calluses on Dog Elbows That Can Bleed

Lisa's Golden Retriever suffered from calluses on his elbows. She would like to share her prevention tips with other dog owners.

What Does a Callus on Your Dog Do?

Calluses are thick, rough, overgrown areas of skin that appear over a bony pressure point. The affected skin often hardens as a form of protection. Calluses can get painful if they get infected and/or bleed.

Ways You Can Help Heal Your Dog's Callus

  • Do not wrap the callused elbow unless your vet tells you to.
  • If your dog is fairly inactive, take your pet for more walks to keep them from laying down all day.
  • Check your dog's elbow every day to make sure he/she isn't bleeding.
  • Put a sheet down where your pet normally lays down at; perhaps a bed or couch and let your dog sleep there or somewhere soft.
  • If the wound looks infected, bleeding or seeping, take your dog to a vet immediately.
  • Have your vet prescribe something for pain relief.
  • Most importantly, do not give your dog any of your pain medications or any medicines! Yes, it is true that there are some medications that you can pick up at your pharmacy, however, those are different than pain medicines you may have. A vet has pain medicine specifically for your pet.

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Picture of a Large Callus on My Dog's Elbow

The calluses your dog can develop can not only get painful, they can easily become a serious condition. My Golden Retriever was seven years old and this is my story about how his calluses hurt, bled, and quickly became unmanageable. It breaks my heart to know that I wasn't knowledgeable enough to understand how they could turn into such a nightmare. Pay attention to your dog, he will let you know if something is hurting. I'll offer some tips on how to prevent the issue in the first place.

Organic Treatment for Dog's Dry Skin and Calluses

Painful Elbows

My Golden was a mellow dog; he often plopped down on the carpet anywhere. I could actually tell he was not comfortable settling down by the way he would slowly slide his legs down, inch by inch, to get situated on the carpet; he would scrape the floor along the way.

He was constantly licking his elbows because he did have the calluses. I looked to see if maybe he had a piece of shrubbery or something from the yard stuck to them because I noticed some blood trickling on his leg going down to his paw. I had some bag balm and I wrapped it with gauze to see if it would help.

Infected Callus

It wasn't long until the callus was getting infected. It cost $225 for a seven-day supply of antibiotics, pain medicine, and a topical spray. The vet said to make my dog a soft bed for him to lay on to help the wounds clear up. Lay it somewhere where he likes to lay down the most (which is usually everywhere; particularly right next to me on the floor by the couch).

Get a Dog Bed to Help Prevent Calluses and Pressure Sores

Is a Hygroma the Same Thing as a Callus?

A hygroma is not a callus; it's a fluid-filled sac that forms on either the elbows or sometimes hips, and develops under the skin. These normally develop in bigger dogs (because of their weight) who lay on hard floors such as wood floors or concrete. Hygromas usually don't cause any pain and can last a very long time. If they stay small, it usually doesn't cause any problems.

Hygromas can get large and get infected; at that point, it could cause pain for your dog. It's possible your vet may need to drain the sac and release the fluid.

Possible Remedies for Dog Calluses

  • Elbow cream, wax, or Vitamin E: Nothing will stop the calluses from forming since they are caused by pressure, but elbow cream, vitamin E, or wax may help smooth and soften the surrounding skin. The purpose of the cream is to smooth, soften, and help the calluses be less restrictive, tight, and at risk of tearing.
  • Try to help your dog get used to his bed: Remember, he may need some time or he also may take ownership right away.
  • Lay soft blankets or pillows in his normal resting spots: Doing this can help with the times he doesn't want to get in his bed. Your dog doesn't quite understand why he is supposed to lay in his bed when he is relaxing.

Protective Sleeves for Your Dog's Elbow

Always Consult Your Veterinarian

I have provided you my experience and what my vet told me as far as my dog's calluses on his legs. Please take your dog to your vet for any problems that arise that you are concerned about. I am not qualified to give you any direct medical advice. My situation may have been different than yours.

Please understand that not every callus will get infected or bleed. Your dog may just have one and might not have any problems. Just keep checking it once in and a while; if you notice anything, then you can address the situation.

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Questions & Answers

Question: I read that sores on dog elbows should not be wrapped yet I've seen recommendations for protective sleeves. Should sores be wrapped or not?

Answer: My vet instructed me not to wrap the elbow. He said that air needed to get to the wound. Keep in mind that my situation may have been different. My dog's elbow was bleeding and had some infection. Please consult the vet if you need assistance and have questions. Your dog may need an antibiotic.-:and depending on the severity of the callus, it may need air to get to it. The dog sleeves have padding in them, and they are not as tight as wrapping it with an Ace bandage.

Question: Do pressure sores and calluses go away? My dog seems to have his hair growing back in the areas the callus flaked away, is that common?

Answer: From my experience with my Golden Retriever, the answer was, no. We could only treat the callus to help it from getting worse, to heal the infection and try to keep him from hard surfaces as much as we could. He was a fairly large dog, and as he got older, he became less active; that certainly didn't help matters. He had arthritis also which made it harder for him to lay down. He would gradually slide his front legs down on the carpet or wherever he was going to lay down. As he went down, he would scrape the calluses which would tear them. He also has hair growing back on and around the calluses, so I'm assuming that is normal.

Question: How do I take care of callouses on hocks from being crated too much?

Answer: I really suggest you maybe ask your vet. I'm not sure of the severity of the situation on top of it. Have you tried bedding, comforters on the floor or inside the crate? I'm not sure how long he is actually crated a day, but if there's a possible way to keep him out a little bit longer so he's not constantly laying on them; but if that's totally impossible, I would, again, try bedding inside the crate to keep his elbows and legs from laying in the hard crate. Also, have you tried any of the creams or anything on his callus?

Question: Three days ago I noticed my dog cried when I touched his leg because he was limping. Today, I let him in from the backyard and he sat there for a little and I could see he was in pain. He is approximately 11 years old and of medium/large size. I can't afford a vet right now, what can I do for him at home?

Answer: First of all, it's no fun to see your beloved pet hurting. I'm not a veterinarian so I can't tell you medically how bad it is because I I have no idea what the elbows look like.

There are some suggestions throughout the article have you tried any of those? Soft bedding, pillows, there are some sprays and creams that I purchased from Amazon that I mentioned.

Do you see them bleeding or draining pus or anyting? Or do they just looked dry cracked and painful?

Question: Can Neosporin be put on an old dog's raw elbow?

Answer: According to the veterinarian, Neosporin is fine to put on your pet's sore. However, they do say that if it is a deep or puncture wound, to please take your pet to the vet to see if it's anything more serious. My vet did recommend to put something over the Neosporin to keep it from ripping open any further or to stop him from licking the Neosporin off.

I would strongly suggest you contact your veterinarian for any further questions or concerns.

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chainone on October 12, 2018:

HELP!!! my 12 y/o rottweilers elbows are oozing bleeding and infected due to lying on hard surfaces. She refuses to lay on her bed because the hard wood floors and rugs are cooler than the bedding. i get that. So how do you get a dog to use a bed? i tried making a protector with soft cushioned pads, wrapping both wounds LOOSELY and up around her back... but all that did was cause her legs to swell TWICE their size !!!!! and they were not not not wrapped tight. I tried using a long sleeved Tshirt putting her legs thru the sleeves but of course she licks thru that too...i bought a expensive Suitical Recovery Sleeve, but that only had one sleeve PLUS she licked right thru that. Now i'm due to leave for a 10 day trip to visit my grandchildren across country, and must leave this problem to my husband who is clueless. I am really worried. Meantime shes on antibiotics and Vendo Dermalone Cream. But any creams i put on her just come off when she lies down! ...HELP. i cant afford an 87 dollar sleeve - the other one i bought was $40 and it didnt even work. thank you.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on August 08, 2018:

@janet I would not be able to answer that unfortunately. Have you contacted the veteranarian? I would be curious to find out what they have to say and if you would be so kind to comment again, it may help another dog owner who may have trouble with the calluses too.

Janet on August 07, 2018:

What if the callus is so bad that it needs to be removed but, there is not enough skin to close the surgical sight ?

Valerie A. Jackson on July 31, 2018:


My 10+ year old German Shepherd has callus's on front elbows. The right one is huge, red (not dark colored anymore), oozing, bleeding, etc. Blown up10 times the size! Looks like it needs to be excised!!

Especially nasty! It has an opening down the middle where it is oozing clear liquid. Took to Vet and she recommended a callus cuff which I just received. Plus put her on a strong antibiotic. I WAS JUST going to order a VetWrap because I was thinking I should apply Vit.E organic oil or Neopsorin, then a gauze pad, then wrap with VetWrap, and THEN put on the Callus Cuff. Then read your 'DO NOT WRAP". Wish I could show you a picture of this nasty hygroma. Any more ideas? Will it ever go away? I am low income so cannot keep running to Vet. Thanks!

[email protected] on September 16, 2017:

Love to be informed, thank you.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on January 21, 2017:

Thanks for your comment! It was hard as a parent to see your baby hurting!

Lisa (author) from Central USA on January 02, 2017:

I think it depends a lot on your dog on how bad the Calluses can get. My baby was a lazy one and just "flopped" down arms first and scraped his elbows every time on the carpet!

Lisa (author) from Central USA on January 02, 2017:

It's been a roller coaster that's an understatement! Unfortunately, he passed away recently and our hearts are broken

Lisa (author) from Central USA on January 02, 2017:

It's a horrible merry-go-round with it, that's for sure! Seeing the pain in their eyes is just a heart breaker!

Lisa (author) from Central USA on December 08, 2016:

Wow! That's great… My dogs Calluses bleed every day unless I'm constantly putting a pillow underneath his elbow so they don't rub on the floor

Lisa (author) from Central USA on December 08, 2016:

Thank you for your comment! He still has trouble no matter what I do I just try to do the best I can to help alleviate his pain

Lisa (author) from Central USA on December 08, 2016:

Hopefully your dog will heal a little quicker I just keep putting pillows and pads all over the floor and if he's laying there I will shove them underneath his elbows

Lisa (author) from Central USA on June 04, 2015:

Great! Thank you so much for the input and thanks for the great idea !

sharon on May 22, 2015:

I also cut old tube socks and made my Panda some Doggie Sleeves so she eould not lick the medication off. To keep her Sleeves on, I cut a hole in the top of her sleeves and ran some stretchy panty hose through each and over her back. Worked beautifully.

Geof Awunyo from London on March 28, 2015:

Interesting dogs also have calluses and corns

Lisa (author) from Central USA on January 24, 2015:

It sounds like you have done almost identical to what I have done with my dog. The sock, the antibiotic, everything. I have purchased one of the dog beds that is shown up above in the page and I have also bought the cream that is also mentioned. These have helped tremendously, however it is up to me as his so-called, mother; to make sure he is laying on his bed or on the couch and not plopping on the carpet or on the cement. You can only do so much and it sounds like you're trying very hard so don't beat yourself up!

My vet told me not to cover his elbows if specially if they are getting irritated and bleeding because that stops the air from getting on there. It's like a double edged sword, because you need to Protect it so he doesn't scrape them anymore, but yet if you cover them then they're not getting air to heal.

Try the soft dog bed and the cream and try to keep him off the carpet, cement and hard floors. Good luck to you!

not sure what to do on January 23, 2015:

I have a chocolate lab that has had problems since she was about 5 years old ..she has three very lovely padded with the waffle like pads and covers but she still has elbows that bet very very bad..bleedind and raw...I have gone to the vet several times and told to use a antibotic which has cured it but the callus is always there so I use vaseline ..but this last time which is now (she is all most 12 years old) her elbows both got really bad before I realized her elbows were soo sore as she has other problelms,, so I am again putting antibotic on both elbows and a kotex pad cut in half to protect then from hard surfaces and to keep the pad in place I take a white cotton sox cut out the toe pull it on her leg with the heel part over the elbow (which seems to fit the elbow curve and then slip the kotex pad tenderly inside the sox over the elbow. this did not work well as the sox kept slipping till I bought some mens susspenders end made it into one strap to go over her shoulders and the suspenders clips are strong enough sto hold the soxs up. for going outside I just wrap saran wrap over the soxs to keep them dry and clean . I do check the sores twice a day to make sure they have stayed soft and healing they must get air so bandages have made them worse and very hard to stay in place..I hope this will help someones dog with this problem..I have found the elbows can get sore very fast..even though I have three lovely dog beds..she likes to lay like a puppy with her front legs straight out so maybe that is part of the problem!!

Lisa (author) from Central USA on January 12, 2015:

You are very welcome and thank you so much for taking care of your animals as well!

Naomi on January 11, 2015:

i have six dogs and four cats. five of my dogs are either greyhound or half greyhound so they are very lazy and thin. they all get these calluses on their elbows and it is sometimes hard to manage, but i found that my other dog, who is a spring-triever was harder to deal with because her long hair covered the problem for much longer. ive had dogs my whole life and am quite vigilant for health issues but even my experienced eye missed her elbow issues for a while, because it is just very hard to spot on a longer haired dog (and she is not wimpy like the others). once you become aware of the issue though, dealing with it appropriately is vital, so thank you for spreading the word and sharing your experience.

Anna on March 03, 2014:

Thanks, that's really helpful information.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on June 03, 2013:

thats a good one!

Chris on May 30, 2013:

shrubbery!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you were looking for the shrubbery hahahaaaa

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on November 09, 2011:

This must be common in larger dogs. My lab mix had them, too. Fortunately, they never bled or became infected.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on November 08, 2011:

thanks for your comments. It was a nightmare..doing some more updating on this page yet, but wanted to try to help someone who may be as not as informed such as I was

Shasta Matova from USA on November 08, 2011:

Aww, I am glad I saw this, because I wouldn't have known what to do either. The dog in the pic is cute, and I am glad that your dog is getting the help he needs.

4youreyes on November 08, 2011:


Welcome to Hub Pages, what a good topic. My lab has calluses on her front legs and it can be a challenge to keep them softened up for her.

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How to Treat and Prevent Your Dog’s Elbow Callus?

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YouВ look after your dog. YouВ clean herВ ears. YouВ trim her nails. You’ve been brushing her coat. Then you notice a calluses development inВ her elbows. What are these? How do these thingsВ develop?

This article will discuss what calluses are, how your dog develops one, how you can treat it, and how to prevent it from coming back.

What is a callus?

A callus is a rough, thick patch of skin that forms on a bony point on your dog’s body. It is also known as a pressure sore and a dog hock.

Your dog has an ulna bone, the bony part that sticks out like her elbow, hocks (the back legs), hips, and leg sides in certain parts of her body. Your dog could do these three activities that hurt the ulna bone:

  1. Your dog loves to flop down on hard surfaces. So, she constantly hits her ulna bone.
  2. Your dog loves to slide or scrape her elbows (and other parts) against hard surfaces.
  3. Your dog has a very sedentary lifestyle, lying all day, and her favorite spot is the cold hard floor, which puts excessive pressure on her elbows and other parts of the body.

If the ulna bone is always put under these activities then it will try to protect itself by forming a callus. This spot is dry, firm, hairless, and scaly skin. It can be gray, dark brown, or black.

Large breeds with short coats are more likely to develop a callus like Labradors or Mastiffs than one with heavy coats. Padding and protection against hard surfaces have been added byВ dogs with thick coats. Smaller breeds have less body mass than forВ their joints to beВ under pressure Deep-chested breeds such as German Shepherd Dogs, Akitas, and Boxers may develop a sternum (breastbone) callus.

A callus can get crack and bleed more than being unsightly, or it can become infected and ulcerated. For your dog too, a callus makes it uncomfortable as it may be itchy or painful. If your dog chews or bites her callus, it may cause a crack or tear in which bacteria can enter and infect the skin. An infected callus means a trip to the vet for an urgent situation.

Alongside it, the callus can produce hygroma. A hygroma is a pocket of fluid that may be infected again. A hydrogoma that is not contaminated is usually small. If your dog avoids hard surfaces for a while, it can heal naturally. Your vet could also drain the fluid. An infected hydrogoma becomes quite big and very painful to your dog. Extreme cases require surgery.

You will know that your dog is developing a callus with these symptoms:

  • Her fur becomes thin around the ulna bones.
  • The skin becomes dry and discolored.
  • She has trouble bending her elbows.
  • She licks her elbows a lot because the callus is irritating her.

If you notice these early symptoms of a callus, treat her immediately.

How do you treat your dog’s callus?

Some calluses are not a cause for alarm and do not need a trip to the vet. But other calluses should be presented to the vet for immediate medical action.

If you manage to spot your dog’s callus early, try these treatments:

1. Provide your dog with a good bed that takes into account her size, breed, and sleeping preference.

When she decides to hang out, rent a sofa bed for her. When she enjoys curling up and needs protection, it would be great to have a canopy bed or a cuddler dog bed as it protects her body from all angles. Place soft bedding inside it if your dog sleeps in her kennel. If she’s old, an orthopedic bed may be good for her callus as well as for her arthritis.

For summer months, get her a cooling mat. You can put this mat on the floor or atop her bed.

Train and encourage her to go to her bed even for naps or even if she’s just lounging around. If you can afford it, buy a couple of beds so she will have a lot of choices and she will have less time to sleep on the floor. If she likes to lie next to you, when you settle down, bring her bed with you. One way she can be encouraged to use the bed is to put her favorite toys there. That’s going to signal she owns it.

Also, this might be against your house’s rules, but let your dog settle on the couch. It will be better to keep cleaning the fur off the furniture than for your dog to develop a callus on the cold hard floor.

2. If it is not easyВ to persuade your dog to sleep on her bed, put some pillows or blankets on the floor on her favorite spots. This isn’t going to be as good as a bed, but it will at least reduce the soil’s hardness and make it a bit softer.

3. Always clean any callus that forms on your dog’s body. Making sure that it is clean could prevent infection.

You don’t have to use dog soap or shampoo all the time. You can use wet wipes that are safe for pets.

Pogi’s Grooming Wipes — Dogs & Cats deodorizing wipes are hypoallergenic, and they are safe for your dog. They contain ingredients such as aloe vera that can moisturize the callus of your dog. And because they’re made of bamboo fiber, they’re earth-friendly.

4. Once rubbing the callused elbow, contact the doctor. The cover can restrict the area’s blood flow. A callus also requires soothing air to heal. The wrapping can infect or damage the callus. Some dogs developed swollen legs due to the wrapping of the callus in a bandage.

5. If you get the go-signal from your vet to wrap the callus, try to put a protective sleeve around the callused elbow of your dog. Usually, these products are not as restrictive as bandages. Try the following:

Nature Pet Deck Elbow Protector/Dog Elbow Sleeve/Hygroma Elbow Pads for Dogs – this product is not as restrictive or tight as normal bandages. It can protect the callused elbow from scraping the ground. As it has padding, it also serves as a shield for pressure. If your dog has hygromas, you can even use it. It has an inside pocket where for additional cushioning, you can place heating or cooling gel sheet. The Velcro closure device allows you to adjust the protector’s tightness and looseness.

Suitical Recovery Sleeve – this product is made of breathable, stretchy fabric. So, this still allows air to reach the callus. But it covers the entire leg of your dog so she won’t be able to lick the spray or topical medicine you’ve applied to her callus. The sleeve’s style ensures it won’t slip off easily.

You could transform an old sock into a home-made sleeve for some new-school lining and shielding. Cut a hole at the end of the toe. Let the heel part cover the callus. Use some strong string or old pantyhose and make it into a sling that won’t drop the sock down. If you have some suspenders, you can use it to hold the sock up and make sure it’s not going to slip down.

6. The easiest way to heal a callus is to reduce the pressure on the joints. But by applying elbow balm, cream, or wax, you can prevent the callus from getting worse. The callused surface will be moisturized. Applying this type of medication can make the rough skin of the callus smoother, softer, and less restrictive. This, in turn, could prevent cracking, tearing and bleeding of the callus. Make sure that pets are safe fromВ the product you are going to use. Try the following products:

The Blissful Dog Elbow Butter – this product contains all-natural ingredients, so even if your dog licks it, it is healthy. This comes in an easy-to-apply tube. It’s as easy as putting on your lipstick. On the spot, simply twist and dab. You should rub the material after you have applied it so that it penetrates deeper into the layers of the callus. Apply twice a day for the best results. If the callus is tender, you should apply once a day.

Petroleum Jelly like Vaseline – you likely have this in your house because it’s such a low-cost, multi-purpose lubricant. Add a generous amount twice a day to the callus of your puppy. Massage so that it hits all callus regions. Remember that the grease of the petroleum jelly may be transferred to your flooring and furniture from the callus of your dog. Try not to let the dog lick it, too. It is not toxic to dogs. Yet the pet may be adversely affected because it is not food.

7. For a more organic approach, try putting coconut oil on the callus. Massage the oil for 2-3 minutes. If you have your vet’s approval, put a sleeve or padding over the area so that your dog will not lick it.

These are the conditions where you need to visit your vet:

1) Check the callus every day. See if the moisturizer you’ve applied is effective. Make sure that the callus is not bleeding or oozing. If it does, bring your dog to the vet.

2) Do not give medicine to your dog, especially medicines for human pain relief, without first consulting the vet. These can be easily obtained from a pharmacy, but the dosage may be wrong. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

3) Consult your vet if, after all that you’ve done, the callus won’t go away. If necessary, your vet can perform surgery and tell you which antibiotics, spray, or medicine you can give your dog to help it heal more quickly.

What do you do to prevent a callus from developing again?

The best prevention is to keep your dog away from hard surfaces. Training her to use her bedding is paramount. During the summer months, invest in a cooling pad or an elevated bed.

Don’t let your dog get overweight. If her weight is high, it will have a greater impact on a hard surface. A heavy body will also mean extra pressure on the elbows of your dog. It’s also tougher for overweight dogs to cool down. So if your dog is overweight, she’ll always be searching for better spaces on the floor

Make your dog lead a more active lifestyle. Take her out for more walks instead of allowing her to nap or lay down all day.


A callus is the reaction of your dog’s body to being repeatedly hit. It might lead to more serious issues for your pet and your finances if left untreated. Train your dog to lie down on soft places instead of the hard floor. If you see a callus begin developed in one position, treat it immediately with your vet in consultation. Instead of treating a full-blown callus, it is always better to stop something at the beginning. You would not want to see your beloved pooch suffering from pain, would you?

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What Causes Dogs To Have Elbow Calluses?

Dog elbow calluses are one of those maddening problems we face as dog owners. Not only are dog elbow calluses unattractive, calluses can ulcerate and get infected or crack and bleed. Plus, calluses are tight and uncomfortable for your dog.

You spent big bucks for a thick, cushy orthopedic dog bed and your Lab looked at it, then flopped down on the tile in the kitchen. The cat sleeps on it now. You tried a suspender looking elbow harness. Nope. Everything you've tried has been a waste of time and money. What can you do? Hint: Elbow Butter, but let's discuss what causes calluses first.

What Creates the Actual Callus?

Calluses are thick, rough skin that forms over a bony pressure point, like a callus on our foot from that glorious pair of shoes that never quite fit right, but we wore anyway.

Often called pressure sores, dog elbow (hock, etc.) calluses appear as a result of your dog's overprotective ulna bone protecting the bony part that pokes out. Continual trauma caused by your dog flopping down on the aforementioned cool tile, or any hard surface, causes the skin to thicken to protect the bone. The ulna bone is doing its best to protect itself, but the result is the callus.

Do I Need To Take My Dog To The Vet?

Simple calluses are usually not a reason to rush to the vet, since they are a condition caused by the repeated trauma to the elbow. But, i f your dog has an ulcerated, open, possibly infected sore on the callused area, this warrants a visit to the veterinarian.

Also call the vet for a hygroma. Hygromas are soft, fluid-filled subcutaneous sacks that form right where the friction occurs (like the elbows). The fluid-filled hygromas may be treated by being drained and flushed. This is done just like it sounds, a needle is inserted and the fluid drained. This will have to be done regularly.

Customers often ask if the callus should be cut off. Surgical removal of calluses is usually not recommended, as canine calluses are different from ours. Of course, check with your vet if in doubt or it is obviously more than a simple callus.

Why Do Some Dogs Develop Calluses?

Our large, heavy or giant-breed dogs are more prone to elbow calluses. Heavily coated giant breeds don't usually have as many elbow callus issues as their shorter coated cousins, as their coat softens the blow of the elbow against the ground. That is why your Newfoundland is not as likely to develop elbow calluses as is his shorter coated cousin the English Mastiff.

In warmer areas hard surfaces are usually cooler for big dogs, creating a dilemma. Your Lab is hot and just wants to spread across the cool concrete of the patio. He doesn't care about his elbow calluses, he just wants to cool his belly. The elbow is the most common site of calluses for dogs, although they also occur on the hips, hocks and along the sides of the legs.

Will Elbow Butter Make the Callus Go Away and the Hair Grow Back?

MAYBE! Clients have reported calluses disappearing completely and hair growing back after using Elbow Butter, BUT that is not guaranteed. Remember, your dog re-creates the callus when they lie on a hard surface. Elbow Butter conditions the callus and helps keep it from bleeding, The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial power of our herbal ingredients helps keep infections at bay.

In many cases customers have told us the hair did, indeed, grow back on their dog's elbow. We don't guarantee that, as the hair follicles have been traumatized from the callus. By the way, we wish we had a balm that was guaranteed to grow hair. We'd be typing this from our private island.

What Can I Do To Care For My Dog's Elbow Calluses?

  • Provide comfy beds in multiple locations
  • Encourage your dog to use them
  • Use Elbow Butter
  • Keep calluses clean
  • Keep your dog at a healthy weight
  • Consult your veterinarian as needed

How To Apply Elbow Butter

  • For ease of application and faster absorption put tin or tube in your pocket for a few minutes to warm it
  • TIN Scoop a bit out with finger or spoon and warm in your palm before application for faster absorption
  • Wipe elbow callus clean with warm washcloth, wipe, etc.
  • DAB on dog's elbow callus
  • DISTRACT to keep them from licking it off (give treat, feed dinner, go for walk)
  • REPEAT 2-3x daily for 1-3 days or until there is improvement
  • Use as needed for maintenance (usually 1-2x a week)
  • Keep your dog off furniture, carpet, etc. for 10-15 minutes until it absorbs
  • Products have no active ingredients and will not harm your dog if they lick some off. But we do want the product to get it's work done, so see distract tips
  • Complete tips, hints & directions brochure is included with every order

FYI: Our balms have a very thick, stiff consistency, because your dog's nose is very thick skin tissue. If it were a fluffy cream, it would not work.

Yet More Info: Elbow Butter is the same recipe or formulation for tin and tube. There is no difference in the product, just different containers. TIP! If you prefer a hands-on approach, get the tin. If dab and go is your style, get the tube.

Why Do Dogs Get Black/Sore Patches on Their Elbows, Hips and Ears?

Dog's most prone to calluses are generally those dog's that are overweight or big and heavy breeds, those that tend to be susceptible to skin problems and shorter haired coated dogs.

It's not to say that your big hairy pouch or your small chihuahua won't get them but the black patches tend to be more common on dogs like labradors, bull mastiffs or dogs that spend a lot of time on hard surfaces irrespective of the breed.


When caught while still small, simply adding soft, padded bedding (comforters, egg-crate foam mattress toppers, etc.) to your dog's favorite resting spots may be the only thing that needs to be done. If a hygroma is small enough, adding padding to relieve pressure may not only stop the progression of the hygroma, it may allow for the regression of it as well. Cold-laser therapy can also help bring down the inflammation. There are also braces and elbow pads, some custom-made, that can help prevent the progression and abscessation of hygromas. Ask your vet if you think your dog could benefit from a brace and what their recommendation would be.

If your dog's hygroma grows to a size that is not manageable through more conservative treatment methods, draining the fluid off and/or surgical removal of the hygroma may be the best option. It should be noted, though, that draining and removal do not guarantee that the hygroma won't recur. Steps to increase padded and cushioned resting areas must be taken to ensure that another hygroma won't pop up in an area where one was just removed. Given that hygromas form on pressure points, if your dog's hygroma is surgically removed, adding cushioning and padding to their resting areas will also help to prevent any complications during recovery, such as infections and opening of the incision.

If small and uncomplicated by secondary infections, hygromas can be easily treated. As a hygroma gets larger, however, the risks of complications while treating can increase. Catching a hygroma early, before it becomes complicated and require more invasive treatments like draining and surgery, can be key in an easy recovery. If you notice a growth on your dog, no matter how small, scheduling an appointment with your vet could make the difference in a simple change in your pet's routine versus an invasive surgery with the potential for a long recovery period.

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