Are elbow sores normal? They are on both her front legs. Is there anything I can do to prevent them becoming worse?
She has hip displacia in the back legs and chronic arthritis in the front.
She is an 11 year old Labrador.
Jack gets a dry, sore patch on his right elbow so we rub a little coconut oil into it and then put his leg warmers (not sure what to call them!) on him. This stops him getting at the oil and also protects the skin til its calmed down again. I cobbled it together from pictures online and it doesn’t bear close inspection because my sewing is attrocious!
Thank you!! Really helpful and thorough. They are just rough and a little flakey around the edges so hoping its normal. Prevention better than cure so thought i’d ask the question!!
Are the sores red, cracked or discharging? Having a thickened area of skin on the outside of the elbows over the boney prominences can be really normal but we don’t want to see them causing pain or getting infected.
Using a really good, supportive orthopaedic type dog bed can really help to prevent pressure on the joints and reduce the progression of calluses… as long as they lay on it and not on the floor!
You could maybe try using double base or vasaline on the areas to keep the skin more supple and stop it from cracking.
If the areas are cracked/open at all though I’d get them checked by your vet before putting anything on them