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Rear Leggers and Elbow Rug Burns
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Wherever the Wind Takes Me, Dude

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4 September 2009 - 12:02 pm
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Hey everyone

I'm always lurking, but I'm finally posting here because I have a burning question (ha hah, pun intended) for you:

Do any of you rear leg Tripawds have rough or scaly spots on your front elbows?

I have these small, scaly, red patches on my front elbows (one is worse than other), and there's even a little bit of fur missing there too. Mom and Dad can't figure out what it could be, except that maybe they're thinking it's rug burns?

See, whenever I go after a toy or something cool on the floor, I like to divebomb into it by sliding across the carpet.

Are your elbows patchy and rough too?

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4 September 2009 - 6:31 pm
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It seem like something older dogs develop, but with him it could have been from his early life experience.  Codie Rae is developing the same thing on her right elbow, the same side as her rear amputation. CR's could be from how she sleeps, or from how she skids around.


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Tazzie's elbow on her remaining front leg is a little rough but luckily she has not developed any pressure sores yet. She does have a small sore that pops up now and then on one of her rear hocks (ankles) and sometimes gets a small one on her right hip which I'm sure are all due to her size and the fact that she does not have much fat in these areas.

There is a product called DogLeggs that you can buy to protect the elbows. I think you take the measurements and order online.

If the patches are scaly and itchy there is a very small chance that he has scabies mange which your vet can diagnose with a skin scrape.  If you routinely use a flea product like Frontline or Revolution then this would be highly unlikely!

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I've wondered how common it is too.  Since his back right leg was amputated Mac has gotten scaly, kinda hairless areas on his back left joint and front left elbow.  They aren't red or anything so I haven't been worried about it.  It must be from how he lays down now.  It's been 4 weeks and he still hasn't once laid down on the side of the surgery.  It's been completely healed for a while now and it shouldn't hurt at all but I can't ever get him to be on the right.  Oh well…not a big deal. 

I would just keep an eye on them since they're red. 

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jackiandmac said:

I've wondered how common it is too.  Since his back right leg was amputated Mac has gotten scaly, kinda hairless areas on his back left joint and front left elbow. 


That's exactly how I would describe mine too. Mom is thinking about the DogLeggs product, but she's going to give it a few more weeks to see if my hair grows back. Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only hairless elbow Tripawd out there!

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