Calluses In Senior Dogs

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Senior dogs are more susceptible to calluses. Although they are not a serious threat to your dog’s health, they can be painful and possibly become infected. Read on for some tips to treat and more importantly to prevent calluses from developing.

Calluses are patches of rough skin usually on the back of the dog’s legs and on their elbows. Their elbows are not naturally padded with a lot of muscle and fat cells. This fact combined with lying on a hard surface will definitely form calluses.

Small calluses are barely noticeable, but they will appear on a hairless part of your dog’s body and have a gray coloring. Calluses usually form when the same area is constantly rubbing on hard surfaces (such as rough carpeting or concrete). A skin allergy can also cause calluses in dogs, as can excessive weight.


If your dog doesn’t already have a soft bed to rest on, provide a cushioned area for them to sleep.
A disabled dog needs to be moved often to avoid the development of calluses and ‘bed sores.”
A zinc deficiency can also cause calluses, and too much calcium will prevent zinc from being properly absorbed.

Cold and damp weather conditions may cause the paw pads of your dog to become raw while walking.


A vitamin E or aloe cream can make calluses soft. Rub in the selected product completely into the calluses, and keep your dog from licking the sores and medication.

Doggie booties will keep your dog’s paws padded and protected while walking in extreme weather conditions.

Never try to file down or shave your dog’s calluses.
Topical antibiotics, prescribed by a veterinarian, may be necessary.

Final Word

Signs that calluses have become infected include but are not limited to swelling, offensive odor, sensitivity, and development of pus around the sores. Also, a fever, quickened heart rate, and overall weakness are also symptoms of an infection. Take your dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible if you notice any of these symptoms in your senior dog.