Dog Callus

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Posted by ron1945 | Posted in Dog Callus | Posted on 05-08-2010

Dog Calluses 


Calluses on dogs are very common and a cause for dog hair loss.  These calluses are generally located on the dog’s elbows and back legs.  This condition is predominately found in larger dog breeds (Great Dane, Doberman pinscher and Standard Boxer to name a few) with short hair, but can appear on most any dog under the right the conditions.

A callus is a hairless thickened skin condition caused when the skin is repeatedly rubbed against hard surfaces . . . bare floors, concrete, tile, rough carpeting, asphalt and linoleum–to name a few.  Generally there is little natural cushioning, such as muscle or fat between the skin and bone in the area on the dog where the callus forms–usually on their elbows and back legs.  Constant rubbing of the area removes the hair and builds up the hardened skin–much like the callus you get on our hand.  This hairless rough skin build-up, or callus, looks gray.

Calluses don’t normally pose a health threat to the dog.  They are more unsightly to look at than being harmful.  As with any ailment certain conditions can occur which can cause pain and discomfort . . . a callus being one of them.  IF there is cracking or bleeding from the callus treatment is recommended.

This unsightly blemish on the dog can be controlled with a bit of attention.  The first step to improving this condition is hygiene.  Make sure the dog is bathed regularly . . . along with providing substantially thick soft bedding for them to lay on.  Because dogs don’t always sleep in the same area, identify where their favorite sleeping or resting spots are located, and provide them with plenty of cushioned bedding.  Your dog will appreciate the added attention and care.  If the problem persists, additional soft bedding thickness may need to be provided.  Change the bedding often so that the bedding doesn’t mat down and create its own hard surface.

Rubbing the callused area on the dog with one of the softening creams or lotions on the market for dogs will help the affected area.  The treatment should be rubbed into the callus area thoroughly–until the callus is dry.  If your dog begins to lick the treated area, “naturally” washing away the help, try applying something in addition to the softener that would prevent the licking, such as Bitter Apple.   Distracting the dog with a long walk or playing with them can be a help.  You can also provide your dog with a dog treat or chew.  A worst case scenario would be to use an Elizabethan Collar . . . do what it takes if you want to lessen or get rid of the calluses.

If the problem persists after taking these helpful precautions and tips, there maybe another health issue involved, and contacting your veterinarian is recommended.  <<< Return to Dog Hair Loss Overview


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