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Old 08-29-2013, 12:40 AM
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Default Preventing elbow callouses?

How does one prevent callouses on the elbows? I'm assuming it's from laying on hard surfaces.. but Rider is already developing them and is only presumed to be about 2. The vast majority of the time, he's laying on soft things, like carpet and the couch. He doesn't have anything soft in his crate, though.

So how can I prevent the callouses?

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Old 08-30-2013, 01:15 AM
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No idea. Rosey was on the couch 99% of the time she was laying down, and still got them. The other times, she was on her dog bed (or squished into the ferret bed). She practically never lay on the hard ground, and if she did, it wasn't for long. I'm not sure there's really anything you can do.

Though, Rosey was probably 14 or 15 before they were bad enough to be noticeable.
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:18 AM
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I'm interested to see if anyone has a solution. Kastle prefers to lay on the hard wood, no elbow calluses. Limit spends a lot of time on the couch, he has them started. I don't like them. They make me feel oddly guilty, like he doesn't have enough cushiony things to put his elbows on LOL
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:05 AM
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I suspect that some dogs are just predisposed to them. Aeri has them, but none of the other dogs do. She does tend to prefer lying on the hard floors during the day, though.
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:28 PM
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I've heard you can rub lotion into them to help keep them from cracking and drying out, but I'm not sure if that would actually help prevent them. If they've gone on long enough that the hair follicles are dead, then there's no way to make the fur grow back.

Enzo has them, and she's always laying on the sofa, all their crates have mats, so I think it's more of a genetic thing. Indy, who prefers to be by me always, even if there isn't a dog bed near me doesn't have them.
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