Calluses on Leg Due to Chronic Pressure

by Richard Jacks
(Hoover, Alabama)

Close up pic of the sore or calluses

Close up pic of the sore or calluses

Nikki-Our blue beagle has had a scabby patch on her leg for a few years. The vet said it is common and is caused by her lying down and putting pressure on that part of her leg. She has been ignoring it for years. Now, it's more fleshy and she has started to lick it making it raw and red. What should I do? Thanks!

Editor Suggestion for Treating Chronic Pressure Sores or Calluses

I'm sorry to hear about Nikki's condition.

Based on the description and images:

The scabby patch you mentioned, which has been present for years, might indeed be due to chronic pressure on that area, especially if Nikki often lies down in a particular position that places pressure on that spot. These are sometimes referred to as "pressure sores" or "calluses" in dogs.

The fact that it has become more "fleshy" and that she has started licking it, causing it to become raw and red, is concerning. Persistent licking can lead to secondary bacterial infections, which can exacerbate the problem."

Here are a few recommendations that could help:

Prevent Licking: It's crucial to stop Nikki from licking the area to prevent further irritation and potential infection. You might consider using an Elizabethan collar (often called an "E-collar" or "cone") or another type of protective collar to prevent her from reaching the area.
Clean the Area: Gently clean the raw area with mild soap and water or a saline solution. Pat it dry gently.

Visit Your Veterinarian: Given the changes in the lesion and the fact that it's now causing Nikki discomfort, it would be wise to revisit your veterinarian. Your Vet can assess the area for potential secondary infections and provide appropriate treatments, which might include antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medications.

Bedding: If Nikki often lies down on hard surfaces, consider providing her with a soft bed or padded mat to reduce pressure on that part of her leg.

Please keep us up to date on Nikki's condition.

Editor and Publisher
Dog Health Guide

Please note: This information is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your pet's veterinarian. Always consult a vet for professional medical advice about your pet's health.

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