my old dog and his elbow sores?

i have a sweet dog named Sport (he came with his name.. at the pound when we got him 9 years ago.) and like many other old dogs he has gotten sores on his elbows. i have wood floors and he has arthritis so he kinda slips around and i think his elbows hurt a lot,….. ANYWAY, my question is: do you think i could reduce the pain by putting something on it… like tooth numbing stuff or something… origel or something like that? would it work? i don’t want his poor little elbows to be sore anymore. his bones are sore enough as it is he doesn’t need to be having owie elbows 🙁
what do ya think yay or nay on putting numbing ointment on my old doggies elbows.
okay people. they are not that bad. and he DOES have beds, many actually! he just likes to lay on the floor .. don’t ask why he only goes on the beds (which are actually cushions off of our old couches) at night when he goes to bed…. but other than that he lays on the wood floor.
you guys are annoying me. i am a wonderful pet owner and take my animals to the vet whenever needed… but the elbow thing is normal for dog .. i have seen it a million times and vets do not care about them. and i am not talking open nasty swollen sores…. it is only because his elbows rub on the hard floors when he gets up and down. OKAY?! so his skin is a little raw there nothing sick or even really terrible. and i already manage his arthritis! i did not ask about the arthritis i asked if it is okay to put numbing ointment on his elbows so it doesn’t hurt! SHEESH. turn you ears on people.
i think i confused people with the arthritis… that really has nothing to do with the sores. it is just an other pain factor that my old pup has to deal with. all the sores are, are just raw skin because of rubbing on the floors….

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  1. Purebreds Rock!, 27 April, 2010

    Wow, I read through your answers and found nothing for you to be defensive about! I saw nobody attacking how good of a pet owner you are. These people are just trying to help you out! What kind of answers to you want? If you don’t want real people with real life experience helping you, then just Google it.

    As for numbing ointment, I wouldn’t suggest it. Your doggy probably licks his elbows (dogs normally lick sore areas) and that would numb his tongue and throat. He might freak out thinking that he can’t breath. (I had that experience when I had my tonsils out. My numb throat couldn’t tell I was breathing. Scary.)

    Wrap a bandage around his elbows until they callous over. Once they are calloused, they won’t be raw anymore. Thus, no pain.

  2. Becca J, 27 April, 2010

    Is it like bed sores? if it is you can get some doggie lotion from a vet to put on it.

  3. irishvet, 27 April, 2010

    This is a handout I give to clients about arthritis, and this is how to manage it.



    W- Weight control.
    Diet and Weight control
    Older large-breed dogs tend to be overweight. The more weight on joints, the harder it is to move around. This discourages them from getting the exercise they need and aggravates their arthritis. You should be able to easily locate each of your dog’s ribs when you feel for them.

    E- Exercise.
    Walking- Walking your dog for 10 minutes a few times EVERY day is recommended. Long walks at the weekend and no walks during the week are very detrimental to the joints and results in pain.
    Physiotherapy- Physiotherapy and massage really helps. This therapy improves muscle and joint flexibility, increases blood supply (improving nutrient delivery and waste removal), and help prevent or breakdown scar tissue formation. It also helps relax muscle spasms and aids in patient comfort levels. Spend a few minutes every day bending and flexing each joint along their normal axis. Then rub up and down your dog’s legs, especially the hips, in firm, circular motions to warm them up and ease them. Give your dog a rub down before and after walks as well.
    Using warm water, hydrotherapy and swimming helps loosen muscles and increase circulation

    T- Drug therapy.
    NEUTRACEUTICALS Glucosamine and chondroitin is recommended (for 20kg dog- around 1200 mg of glucosamine and 570mg of chondroitin sulfate daily for 6 weeks and half that doseage daily thereafter). A daily Fish Oil supplement is also advised. The marine bivalve mussel, Perna canaliculus, has been used to treat DJD for many years.

    Chondroprotective agents: Injections given at 1 week intervals for a course of four doses. They may be followed by tablets.

    NSAIDS- NSAIDs are a type of medication that helps reduce pain and swelling of the joints and decreases stiffness. When taken at a low dose, NSAIDs reduce pain; when taken at a higher dose, NSAIDs can also reduce inflammation.


    Acupuncture can be very effective in relieving pain and muscle tension. Acupuncture is widely accepted as a method to provide analgesia without the side-effects of drugs. Acupuncture should be performed only by a veterinarian who is trained and certified in its use.
    Hot and Cold therapy-
    One way to apply cold is to use bags of frozen peas which can be held in place with a loose bandage. This should be applied for 15 minutes 2-3 times a day. Sometimes, application of moist heat following the initial and subsequent "cold" treatments (5-15 minutes after each "cold" treatment) will improve circulation and help rid the area of toxic metabolites. This can be done by placing a slightly moistened towel into the microwave (or oven) for a short period. The towel should be warm, but not so hot as to burn the patient.
    Soft comfortable place to sleep-
    Your dog’s bed should be as comfortable as your own. An old mattress or soft couch is excellent. Soft foam rubber at least four inches thick is good.

    Good Luck

    For the sores on his elbows- these are pressure sores and the last point about a thick matress will help. If the sores are infected, Bring to a vet but you can apply an antibiotic ointment to help.

  4. Linda_Doxiegal, 27 April, 2010

    No – you just need to give him the opportunity to sleep on something soft. At this age, he’s earned a soft comfortable place to sleep. Like an old baby’s mattress would be excellent. Soft foam rubber at least four inches thick is good. Whatever arrangement you use, it’s much easier for large dogs to get up and down if you raise the bed about a foot off the floor.

    Keep his nails short – sometimes if they are too long – it causes dogs to slip even more on the hardwood floors. Grind them down!

    Ask your vet about a drug regimen – aspirin is OK for dogs (BUT NOT cats!) However I would NEVER dose an animal without direct instructions from my vet. Ask your vet – aspirin is cheap.

    Try a ortho-bed. You dog will love napping in his new, comfy nest!!

  5. Dances With Woofs!, 27 April, 2010

    You need to take him to the vet.I had a dog who actually died from complications of an abscessed elbow callous.They can get infected and you don’t even notice until the infection has spread.Your dog may need to have the elbow drained and be put on antibiotics.To prevent further callouses,wash the elbows daily with mild soap and water and apply Neosporin at the first sign of soreness.Try to get the dog to sleep on a soft surface as well.And ask your vet to give him something for his arthritis.Long nails will make it difficult for a dog to walk properly as well,so make sure his are clipped regularly.

    Edit: You don’t have to be so defensive.You didn’t say that you had taken him to the vet.You worded you question as though the dog was in terrible pain.And the elbow doesn’t have to have an open sore.My dog had what appeared to be just a callous and it was a little red and swollen,but underneath,it was abscessed and I had no idea until her entire leg swelled.She had to be put on antibiotics and it went away,but it came back and the infection spread and she died. I am just trying to spare you from the same thing. A callous may look just a little sore when there is a raging infection underneath it.You asked for advice and we are giving it to you. If you want to know about "numbing ointment," ask your vet.

  6. Iggy Demon Prayin 4 Peeks Mom, 27 April, 2010

    These sores really need to be looked at by a vet and then he can prescribe the proper meds for the dog, so they will get well

    and no, you should not use any human meds on a dog, unless the vet tells you its okay..a.lot of dogs can be allergic to the ingredients of human meds.

    the vet really needs to see them and he can take proper care of them for you.

    not saying your not a good pet owner, the dog prefers the floors to the beds, cause the floors are cooler than the cloth he is sleeping on, but if you can, he needs to be in a good soft bed, so his little elbows dont scarp and scratch on the hard floors, that is making his elbow sores worse.

    good luck, and I hope your baby gets well really soon

  7. Mia, 27 April, 2010

    I don’t think numbing ointment will help much in your situation. My Rottie boy has arthritis in his elbow and we found out about a month ago he has a hygroma on that elbow. My vet suggested a product called Dogleggs. Hygromas are bumps formed on the elbows from constant trauma to that joint from dogs laying on hard floors. I also have hard wood floors. The little doggie brace is supposed to help this and also cushions the elbow so they can lay. Look it up online and see if this may help you. It cost about $100 for me. Also I give him deramax when his arthritis flares up and I try to keep his weight down and on the slim side.

    Send me a personal email if you would like to see a picture of the brace or have any other questions…

    EDIT: I understand what you are talking about, padding will help his issue, this is why I mentioned the padded dog brace. The brace will not give support, just give padding to his elbows. Actually his arthritis and elbow pain can be related. Just trying to give you a direction that helped for me with a similiar situation.

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