Hygroma vs Callus? How did this happen to my dog?
Both are likely to occur from the same impact. Dogs spend time on hard floor surfaces and the impact causes injury unto bony areas. While sharing the same cause, hygromas and calluses are not the same thing. Calluses are thickened skin around bony areas where loss of hair is seen. Hygromas will occur in the same area but are filled with fluid. Both can become infected.
What is a hygroma?
A Hygroma is a fluid-filled swelling surrounded by a thick layer that develops under the skin. They can occur on the elbow and also on the hip and hock. Hygromas start out small and can grow quite large. They don’t necessarily pose a problem for the dog. They can last forever. While not always a problem, some owners note that they are not attractive on their pets. Sometime they can grow up to 2 inches around. They can harden. As we mentioned, they can become infected. If infected they can be painful.
What are the causes of hygromas?
A hygroma is caused by repeated impact to a bony area like the elbow. Hard surfaces, such as cement, hardwood, or tile floors are the usual culprit. It is more common in larger breed dogs in which more weight is placed on the bony area having contact with the hard surface. It can also occur in dogs that are less active
How can I fix a hygromas?
Number one is to stop it from getting worse! Encouraging your dog to lay on a soft bed helps. The K9 callus Cuff was developed to provide more protection while the dog is active. This will protect the hygroma from further contact with anything hard. Remerge that your veterinarian is a great resource in the treatment of hygromas. They can drain hygromas. There is a risk of infection from draining.
How is a callus treated?
A callus should be treated just like a hygroma. If infected, calluses may need to be treated with antibiotics. You can help the healing process by keeping the area soft by using a ointment or salve. MyDogSwag has a product made in Florida from all natural ingredients that is pet safe.