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Elbow Pressure Sore Hygromas, Your Ideas for Coping Please
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13 November 2012 - 7:15 am
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Elbow pressure sores (“hygromas”) are common in Tripawds, and unfortunately they can be difficult to deal with and eliminate. I wanted to start this topic as a way to put together ideas on how folks are dealing with these nasty sores. If your Tripawd has had a hygroma, how did you resolve it?

To kick it off, here is a summary of tips we’ve found in the community, followed by an awesome post by Elgin, who’s Momma wrote about how cold laser therapy is helping him avoid painful hygroma removal procedure.

 

Tripawds Gear Blog Options for Treating a Dog’s Elbow Hygroma

 

Elgin’s Journey:

“Watch those Callouses”

“More about the laser”

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Charlie, my nine year old Lab, is a right rear leg Tripawd. Right after his amputation he got a pretty serious pressure sore on his left front elbow. Before getting a custom wrap made, our holistic vet, Dr. Karen Becker, recommended trying Makuna honey. It worked beautifully! Charlie now gets occasional sores on his remaining back “ankle”. The honey clears it right up. It has to be raw honey, of which Makuna is a special kind. It is great stuff, with antibacterial properties. I use it on my own cuts too. It might be hard to keep dogs from licking it, even when wrapped, but applying it at bed time might help. Charlie still took the wrap off, but thankfully just a touch of Makuna honey works wonders.

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Wow, THE Dr. Becker is your vet? OMD you are so lucky!

We’ve heard a lot about the honey wraps, that’s a great idea for a future Tripawds gear blog post. For now, here is a link to more info:

WeBMD: Makuna Honey

Our Wyatt Ray has a slight callous on his back ankle that we’re keeping an eye on, we hope it doesn’t turn into anything but if it does, we have an easy treatment now. Cool.

Thanks for sharing your treatment for Charlie, I know this will be helpful to others. 

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We are EXTREMELY fortunate to live in Illinois, although Dr. Becker has patients come from different states too! She is over an hour away from our home, but worth every minute of travel.  I wish I had taken Charlie when I first learned of her, about a year before his diagnosis of Osteosarcoma. She is such a positive person and an incredible animal advocate.  On our first visit post-surgery she told us to expect new and larger callouses.  She was spot on.  I was so glad for the warning, as I tend to worry too much.  Knowing what to expect is half the battle sometimes.  I should add that we use the honey only when the callouses break and become open sores. I do not think it will help simple fluid filled hygromas that are closed.

 

I agree, we are so lucky to have Dr. Becker on Charlie’s team!!! Thank you :)   I hope this tip helps Wyatt Ray and others, should they need it.

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Labbies & Tabbies said
I should add that we use the honey only when the callouses break and become open sores. I do not think it will help simple fluid filled hygromas that are closed.

That makes total sense, thanks for including that info. 

Yep, pretty cool that she’s your vet, she seems like a really incredible person.

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Ben is my 5 year old Great Pyrenees who suffered a traumatic instant amputation of his right front leg when he finally caught the Harley has recovered amazingly well. He has occasionally had problems with sores on his remaining elbow. I bought some moleskin in the foot section of the drugstore and I cover the elbow with it until it heals.

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jimcotten said
Ben is my 5 year old Great Pyrenees who suffered a traumatic instant amputation of his right front leg when he finally caught the Harley has recovered amazingly well. He has occasionally had problems with sores on his remaining elbow. I bought some moleskin in the foot section of the drugstore and I cover the elbow with it until it heals.

Jim, thanks for joining us. That’s pretty miraculous that Ben made it through that wreck! Yikes. 

So the moleskin sounds like an interesting idea. Do you have to shave his fur to get it to stick?

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I thoroughly endorse the Manuka honey.  It should be medical grade for use on open sores – you can actually buy it in a ‘gel’ form from the New Zealand Honey Shop online. I’ve often used it, always with great results!

 

Dog Leggs make elbow hygroma ‘sleeves’ which I’m told are very effective.   They also make some other interesting things including Surgi-sox torso vests for covering wounds which have an option for front leg amputees.

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Thanks for the info Sid. The Surgi-Sox leggings look interesting, I haven’t see them before.

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I have seen DogLeggs pop up in the forums, but I just came across another product online that looks similar – Canine Angels Inc. Canine Elbow Protective Sleeve.  Does anyone have any experience with this product?  Here’s a link to their site/product:

 

http://www.cani…..leeve.html

 

Cost is an issue for me, and it appears to be less expensive than the DogLeggs.  Actually, I am forever fostering Willow from a wonderful no-kill rescue and cost is an issue for them as well since they have a number of senior and special needs dogs requiring medical care.  I would appreciate any thoughts on this product.

 

Thank you,

Carol

 

 

 

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willowsmom said
Cost is an issue…

The DIY Option is always a consideration:

Gayle Shares Her Homemade Elbow Pad Plans

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