Pressure Sores - Calluses
A callus is a gray, hairless, wrinkled pad of thickened skin overlying a bony pressure point.
The most common site is on the elbow. Other sites include the hocks, the buttocks, and the side of the legs. If the callus goes unattended, the surface breaks down, forming an ulcer or abscess that can become infected. This then becomes a most difficult problem to treat.
Calluses are caused by lying on a hard surface. They tend to occur in heavy dogs and dogs who are kenneled on cement floors.
Visual exam will provide the diagnosis. An infected ulcer over bone must be treated by a vet.
Provide the dog with a soft sleeping surface, such as a dog mattress or foam pad covered with fabric, to take pressure off the callus.
Provide your dog with a soft sleeping surface.
Please contact your veterinarian if you have questions regarding this condition.
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