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Cracked elbow calluses...

Prin
December 28th, 2006, 10:57 PM
I have bag balm and other stuff for dry pads, but after playing with his new toys, Boo's elbows are cracked badly...

I don't think putting the regular stuff on it is a good idea because they're a little bleedy (just enough to make the stuff stingy).

Anybody know what I can put on his elbows? :o Maybe polysporin?

I'll post some pics in a second to show you what I'm talking about...:o

wdawson
December 28th, 2006, 11:14 PM
use polysporin.....cover in plastic wrap and tape in place overnight......then just keep applying till healed.....my father did this with his lab on the vets advice...........but it was torn stitches and not dry\cracked skin........is it just me or does this time of year really suck for health issues?

wdawson
December 28th, 2006, 11:20 PM
after reading your post again......polysporin in my opinion will not work on dry pads.....polysporin is a topical antibiotic cream and not a moisturizing cream

Prin
December 28th, 2006, 11:21 PM
Yeah, it sucks... The drier air... The harder playing... The added stress...


This is what it's looking like...:o

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h213/Princi9009/Jemma%20and%20Boo%20Nov%20Dec%202006/IMG_5676.jpg

wdawson
December 28th, 2006, 11:25 PM
OUCH........:eek: ........i hope your getting the same winter we in ontario are...no snow,no ice and no SALT........

Prin
December 28th, 2006, 11:29 PM
Snow, yes. Ice, yes. No salt.. :D He's not used to being on the floor so much.:o

wdawson
December 28th, 2006, 11:35 PM
ah.....a bed hog....couch potato.........:D

angeldogs
December 28th, 2006, 11:36 PM
ouch.poor boy.i would try the polysporin on that myself.i hope it heels up quick.

Prin
December 28th, 2006, 11:39 PM
Thanks.:o I thought just polysporin till the big cracks heal up... :o

hazelrunpack
December 29th, 2006, 12:01 AM
Thanks.:o I thought just polysporin till the big cracks heal up... :o

A&D ointment works well, too--moisturizes and heals...but unfortunately it's a bear to use if you have more than one dog. Dogs seem to absolutely love the taste of it and will lick if off each other or themselves. :shrug: And elbows are so hard to cover with something to protect it--unless Boo likes to wear T-shirts :D T-shirts have gotten us through many an oweeee.

Prin
December 29th, 2006, 12:04 AM
A&D? Never heard of it.:o But I won't have an issue with the licking, since no matter how good Boo tastes, Jemma will never lick him.:D

hazelrunpack
December 29th, 2006, 12:08 AM
A&D? Never heard of it.:o But I won't have an issue with the licking, since no matter how good Boo tastes, Jemma will never lick him.:D

Look in the baby aisle. It's a petroleum jelly base with vitamins A and D added. Mom used it on us when we were kids, lo those many years ago, and we use it on our "kids" whenever they have scrapes and cracks that can be easily covered...but we still have to watch them constantly since other members of the Pack might sneak in at any moment to try to grease up their tongues.... :yuck: tastes pretty icky to me...don't know why they find it so palatable...

angeldogs
December 29th, 2006, 12:16 AM
i think i'm going to look for that stuff.i was told by the vet to use polysporin for minor scraps and cuts.would save on the polysporin with 8 people in the house.

joeysmama
December 29th, 2006, 12:24 AM
Balmex and Aquaphor are really great products too. They're mild, no stinging, no staining, and they work great. If you can't find them, or the A & D ointment, I'd be happy to buy you a tube and overnight it.

Prin
December 29th, 2006, 12:27 AM
Cool!! Thanks everybody! :) :grouphug:

erykah1310
December 29th, 2006, 12:29 AM
I use this medicated ointment stuff... impossible to find now, stains like a mother and stinks, no dog would ever dream of licking it. Works like a dream though... wish I could find more of it.
Poor Boo, cracked up like that:(

Good thing *his* mommy cares enough to be concerned huh?

Prin
December 29th, 2006, 12:36 AM
lol I'm concerned enough that I follow him around with the winnie the pooh blanket and keep shoving it under his elbows when he's on the floor.:D

erykah1310
December 29th, 2006, 12:40 AM
True sign of a GOOD DOG MOM!!!!:thumbs up
Im the one who buys memory foam for dog beds ( Puppy) but still sleeps on a crappy spring jabbing, crooked matress....
When will more people be as concerned as us????:D

Prin
December 29th, 2006, 12:45 AM
We can only hope that eventually they'll come around. ;)

MollysMommy
December 29th, 2006, 10:14 AM
What about vaseline? It'll help keep it clean and moisturized. Just a thought since I use it on my cracked lips all the time...

Scott_B
December 29th, 2006, 10:54 AM
Prin, i would use polysporin. But you wanna try and keep them off the elbows. Or licking it. Great way is to take some socks, cut the toes out of them and put them over their legs. That way it wont rub against the floor and they cant lick it off. Just an idea. :thumbs up

Prin
December 29th, 2006, 01:07 PM
Thanks.:) I'll try to fix him up... I'm not sure about the vaseline or petroleum based ones- unless my man puts it on I guess, because I'm allergic to it...:o We'll see what Loblaws has up here in boonyland.:D

hazelrunpack
December 29th, 2006, 02:37 PM
Prin, i would use polysporin. But you wanna try and keep them off the elbows. Or licking it. Great way is to take some socks, cut the toes out of them and put them over their legs. That way it wont rub against the floor and they cant lick it off. Just an idea. :thumbs up

Gads, what a great idea for elbows and arms! Man, I wish we'd thought of that after Lil Belle had her teeth cleaned and before she'd licked her shaved spot (from the IV) raw and bloody! :thumbs up Thanks, Scott_B! I gotta remember this! hazel hastily scribbles a few notes to herself *scritch scritch scritch*

4thedogs
December 29th, 2006, 06:55 PM
Does he have a bed to lay on to keep his elbows of the hard floor. This is not such an issue for small dogs but any with size should not be constantly laying on hard floors because of the weight on their elbows. The calluses are just a clue that they have been spending too much time on hard floors.
It isn't the end of the world if they lay on hard floors for short periods of time but should be made to lay on softer surfaces when it is for any extended length of time.
Some conditioning cream and a soft bed should clear it up in no time.

Dracko
December 29th, 2006, 08:28 PM
Dracko was getting bad calouses on his elbows. They were bleeding at times and no matter what I put on them, it didn't seem to help. I searched on the net and found Dogleggs. http://www.dogleggs.com/files/story.cfm You measure your dog in a few places, call them up, they make it to measure and voila. I used it on Dracko for a couple weeks anytime he was going to be lying down for a long time. It didn't bother him at all. AMAZING. His elbows look pretty much normal. The fur has grown back, the swelling is gone, no more bleeding, etc. I keep it handy and will start to put it on him again if I see any signs the calouses are coming back. I think for him it is the carpeting in the house that rubs when he lays down.

Picture (not of my dog, just off the site):
http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/4610/poppyqd9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

It didn't stop Dracko from doing anything he wanted to. They are not restrictive at all.

4thedogs
December 29th, 2006, 10:04 PM
I like it, very cool.

joeysmama
December 29th, 2006, 10:20 PM
Hey Prin, let me know if you have trouble finding ointments. The offer is still good on that care package.

Prin
December 29th, 2006, 11:06 PM
Well, I got polysporin and I got this stuff for really bad diaper rash or eczema... The rash stuff I tried first. It's kinda sticky but it seems to be helping...:o

technodoll
December 29th, 2006, 11:39 PM
awe! poor boo-bear! :grouphug: you can also apply some vitamin E (oil or pure cream) before bedtime to help the skin heal... it can work wonders. but yeah once those elbow calluses set in... uugghh. why do our dogs prefer the hard bare floors to soft cushy beds we set out for them? :frustrated:

Prin
December 29th, 2006, 11:43 PM
Well, he generally doesn't prefer them, but since he's got a ton of new toys... They don't bring toys on the sofas for some reason.:shrug:

Frenchy
December 30th, 2006, 01:04 AM
If you ever put a t-shirt on Boo, I wanna see !

Prin
December 30th, 2006, 01:07 AM
lol now you've put me on a mission, Frenchy.:D

Frenchy
December 30th, 2006, 01:10 AM
lol now you've put me on a mission, Frenchy.:D

And I can't wait ! :D Sorry Boo, didn't mean to put ideas in your momma's head :(

Prin
December 30th, 2006, 01:11 AM
Now to find the right Tshirt.:D

TMac
December 30th, 2006, 03:18 PM
Once the major cracks heal, your bag balm should help. I like the sock idea for covering it up though! I wish I thought of that when my lab had bare elbows, since he was constantly licking the bag balm off!

Prin, we want pictures if you end up dressing Boo up!

Frenchy
December 30th, 2006, 03:55 PM
Prin, we want pictures if you end up dressing Boo up!
http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=34657
Here you go TMac ;

mummummum
January 1st, 2007, 08:48 PM
To keep his elbows cushioned, use the wrist-sized sweat bands (sports section Canuck Tire etc.) . I also use it as a barrier to excessive licking (Ceili and her shaved IV spot~ oy!). I slip that on ~ it has sufficient elastic that it won't fall off (tried the sock thing ~ not enough padding and even the kids socks tend to fall off) but not so much elastic that I worry about their circulation.

Prin
January 1st, 2007, 09:04 PM
That's a good idea.:)

I've learned not to use muttluks for excessive foot licking... The licking is gone, but now Boo assumes the muttluks are on to cover up super lickables and fights to get them off.:o