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Thick black skin on dog's elbows

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My dog's got a weird black growth on her elbows that I just recently noticed. I'm taking her to the vet Wednesday but I was wondering if anyone here has an idea of what it could be? I've seen it on other animals too and was wondering if it is a type of fungus or is it just something natural? I'm pretty sure I've seen it on horses too. Anyone know what I'm talking about? It's kinda like a thick black skin, no redness or anything, and it doesn't seem to be bothering her at all. Any ideas what it could be would be appreciated!

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It may be what many shelter dogs get sleeping on concrete and hard floors, it's like a callouse, rough hard skin.

Does your dog enjoy sleeping on hard floors and such? May just be that. You can give some supplementation orally some flax seed oil to the food (bout a tablespoon a day) and also rub some vitamin e oil into the area.



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I've seen that on lots of dogs, especially shorter haired dogs. My mom's rotti had them, but I don't remember her getting them until she was older. I agree that it is just callused skin, nothing to worry about.

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Hmmmm, I was wondering if it could be callous. Thing is her skin is not black, why would a callous be black? She does lie on hard floor lots though, and it would explain why it's just on her elbows...

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The skin turns black after the hair has been rubbed off. The exposed skin is a lower temperature and that causes the blackening.

I found this out when my dog got seasonal alopecia and lost hair on both flanks. My vet told me the skin turned black due to the temperature change. It's nothing to worry about.

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Rudy has those on both elbows, his skin is very dark. He has access to all the furniture but prefers the floor most times. Just rugs, not nice carpet here. When he first got them, I was concerned, their vet gets tickled at my questions.

Diane

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Originally Posted by LuckyRescue
I found this out when my dog got seasonal alopecia and lost hair on both flanks. My vet told me the skin turned black due to the temperature change. It's nothing to worry about.

Ok phew. I'm such a worry wart, thanks for the reassurance!

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Been trying to remember the term commonly used 'pressure sores' ding ding the bell finally went off LOL

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Our dog has them too, on both elbows. They do resemble callouses on people, and the hair is all worn off. I don't think it's anything to worry about, but I would ask one question. Is this something that came on suddenly, or something that could have been there and maybe you didn't notice? Just curious.

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Well I just kinda noticed a little spot about 2 weeks 0r so ago and it's grown a bit since then. She's only a year old so it's a pretty new thing.

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Get some Bag Balm and rub it on her elbows. It keeps the callouses that build up pliable so they don't crack.

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My Chloe's elbows are soft and smooth as a newborn puppy's because her feet (and elbows) rarely touch the floor.

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Originally Posted by LuckyRescue
My Chloe's elbows are soft and smooth as a newborn puppy's because her feet (and elbows) rarely touch the floor.

LMAO. Abigail must be taking notes from Chloe, lol.

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Ya, it's calluses. My doggies have always had them. They start out about 1 cm in diameter, and then grow to be at least an inch in diameter. I play with them.

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LMAO. Abigail must be taking notes from Chloe, lol
You better nip it in the bud, although it's hard with these super couch potatoes.

Here is my sofa pre-Chloe..



And here is what it looks like now.


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Lol LR. I'm afraid that the foster to potential adopt home lets her snuggle anywhere as well. It's too hard to resist her. So of course, one of the prerequisites is spoil her rotten!

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Haha poor couch! I don't have a couch where I'm living right now, no room for one! She's got a kennel with a soft blanket in it which she used to sleep in but lately I've been leaving my bedroom door open so she opts to sleep on the floor beside my bed which is not carpeted (she's not allowed in the bed with me, I know I'm a cold hearted person).

Maybe I will move her kennel from the kitchen to bedroom so she can have the best of both worlds

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