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Old 10-25-2009, 10:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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"Ugly Elbows"

I did a search and looked but did not find any threads related to this.. if I missed it please post it here and ill be sure to check it out.


My Female Abby has what the vet referred to as Ugly Elbows.. on her front legs she has dry patch's right at where the elbow would be on a human, Vet says its from laying on hard surfaces (she has a blanket in her kennel but she likes to chew it up and im not sure how much she really lays on it as appose to using it as a chew toy).

I know they dont pose any health problems but is there a way to clear them up and get hair growing again? There not extreme, smaller then the size a Quarter on each leg but i'd love to reverse the process if there is a way to do so.


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Old 10-25-2009, 11:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is she outside a lot? A lot of Dobermans at the rescue have calused and rough elbows from laying on the concrete a lot. My Doberman likes to sunbathe outside, I've finally got him out of the habit of laying on the concrete. He is outside no more than 20-30 minutes at a time though.

The rescue uses bag balm, it works.
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Old 10-25-2009, 11:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Shes is outside alot but she lays on the grass or the wood deck, we have a patio but she does not lay there much because its almost always in the shade and she likes the sun. I have tried to put a bed out there for her but she wont lay in it.

Does the bag balm reverse the process or just aid it from spreading? Im going to the pet store tomorrow for dog tags ill be sure to check the shelves for the product or something comparable.
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Bag Balm is actually for humans, thereofr will not find it in the petstores.

It will make the elbows softer and will make a little nicer, but will prevent it to get worse. Perhaps it's the wood deck that's causing it. Maybe try not to have her outside that much where she would lay and cause the calusses.

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EVOO- extra virgin olive oil- use on the elbows. Hygroma can develop from laying on hard surfaces.

put toys in her crate- kongs filled with goodies to encourage chewing on those and not the blanket
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Old 10-25-2009, 11:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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^ Shes got them too but she loves to get the stuffing out of the blankets.


I checked the Bag Balm site and to me it looks more like an animal related product, there site says found in most pet stores. If I dont find it there ill e-mail them and get some pricing.. maybe buy a sample bottle.
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Ebay has it for sale under 10 dollars. I'm not really sure, I just know that the rescue said that humans can is it too, therefor thought it was made for humans. You could find it at a petstore. I've never seen it there, but then again I've never looked for it at a petstore.
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Old 10-25-2009, 11:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I would try a rubber mat that has some give/cushioning for her crate.

google "chew proof kennel mats"
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Bag Balm is actually made for cows...that's the "bag" part. You should be able to find it in any feed store, saddle shop, tractor supply store, maybe some specialty pet shops.

I like Corona ointment better. Very similiar, but not quite as greasy.
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Corona ointment-we use it on our show horses hocks, (horses get spots/sores from getting up and down) it helps soften skin and regrow hair. Get it at the feed stores but bag balm is also good.
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I like Corona ointment better. Very similiar, but not quite as greasy.
Ewww. I wonder what the people at the rescue use it for then. I HAD TO HAVE HEARD IT WRONG THEN! lol. :confused2
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Ewww. I wonder what the people at the rescue use it for then. I HAD TO HAVE HEARD IT WRONG THEN! lol. :confused2
They probably use it for those elbows, or any other area with dry skin. It just happens to have been originally designed for cow's udders (which chap very easily), doesn't mean you can't use it in other applications.
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Bag Balm is great! I use it on my feet and it works like nothing else.

Please get the chew proof kennel mats. Rubbing her elbows on hard surfaces is what causes that.
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Bag Balm is also found in drug stores here. It works great for my chapped hands and feet and also great for my dogs pads and elbows. I used it for my last girls foot pads during the winter- since the snow and rock salt would cause them to split and bleed.
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Ewww. I wonder what the people at the rescue use it for then. I HAD TO HAVE HEARD IT WRONG THEN! lol. :confused2
It's kinda like how you can buy Mane N' Tail (a horse shampoo) in human stores now for people.
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yep, here in Tennessee you can find it in Wal-Mart in the medicine section.
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yep, here in Tennessee you can find it in Wal-Mart in the medicine section.
You can get it at Walgreens too, where the moisturizers/skin creams are. I tried looking for it in Rite-Aid and my local grocery store and had no luck there... I use it for my eczema. My bf calls it udder cream lol.
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Max had the same problem. He must be super sensitive because he likes soft stuff. Someone here recommended olive oil. I had it on hand and it worked great so I never got around to buying anything different.
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I have also heard or people using coconut oil to help the callouses recede. Bag balm or lanolin works too. However, the most important thing you should do to get the hair to grow back is to not let her lay on hard surfaces.
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First I would highly recommend getting the blanket out of the crate, if it's being chewed. Next thing you will have is a blockage from eating the blanket. Here is a crate pad that works for most dogs, nothing to eat and will help elbows. Vinyl dog floor protection pads- Primo Pads I have had these things for a few years and they have lasted thru alot of dogs and puppies.
Try any of the above products to apply to the elbows. Even good old lotion is fine. If the dog is laying alot on hard surfaces, get a dog bed in the house where they like to lay. Or teach them this is their spot to lay. Outside try a dog cot, my dogs love them and will pick it any day over the ground. Kuranda Dog Beds - Patented Orthopedic and Chewproof Dog Beds
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