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GSDlover143 08-26-2014 11:59 AM

Crate vs Calluses
 
Okay so I bought Zeus a bed mat for his crate, he chewed it up. So i then got another one hoping he wouldnt. Well... he did. So i decided no more beds in the crate. Ever since then Zeus has started getting calluses on his elbows! :( how can i get rid of them and what are my alternatives for softer bedding?

jeepgirl 08-26-2014 12:03 PM

A towel or blanket? Kymber always seems to be hot so I just have a towel on the bottom of her crate (and a fan pointing on her, spoiled much?) at the moment. I think it's more of a "woobie" to her than something to lay on though; it's never underneath her when she wakes me up in the morning. :rofl:

LoveEcho 08-26-2014 12:08 PM

If your dog is a betting eater, do NOT put towels in there with them.... super easy to eat large chunks of, and super easy to get a blockage from (I know multiple people who have lost dogs this way). My dogs are both bedding eaters and I got rubber horse stall mats and cut them to size. They're basically made from the same material as the heavy-duty Kongs and are much more difficult to rip into chunks big enough to do damage. You can get them pretty cheap and are fairly easy to cut up with a jig saw.

jeepgirl 08-26-2014 12:11 PM

Good to know; Kymber isn't a blanket/bedding eater (yet), but I'll keep an eye out for sure!

LoveEcho 08-26-2014 12:28 PM

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Originally Posted by jeepgirl (Post 5946673)
Good to know; Kymber isn't a blanket/bedding eater (yet), but I'll keep an eye out for sure!

Towels especially are really easy to tear into strips... but then they also tend to swallow them :-\ My male started nibbling on the corners of a blanket, just chewing.... then the next day he had shredded whole strips of it. Luckily he hadn't swallowed them :(

GSDlover143 08-26-2014 02:47 PM

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Originally Posted by LoveEcho (Post 5946665)
If your dog is a betting eater, do NOT put towels in there with them.... super easy to eat large chunks of, and super easy to get a blockage from (I know multiple people who have lost dogs this way). My dogs are both bedding eaters and I got rubber horse stall mats and cut them to size. They're basically made from the same material as the heavy-duty Kongs and are much more difficult to rip into chunks big enough to do damage. You can get them pretty cheap and are fairly easy to cut up with a jig saw.

Ahh! thats a great idea. Ill look into it 😄 and yea towels are a huge no no. Lol i have also known a couple of dogs who died from it. 😢

GSDlover143 08-26-2014 02:48 PM

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Originally Posted by jeepgirl (Post 5946649)
A towel or blanket? Kymber always seems to be hot so I just have a towel on the bottom of her crate (and a fan pointing on her, spoiled much?) at the moment. I think it's more of a "woobie" to her than something to lay on though; it's never underneath her when she wakes me up in the morning. :rofl:

I do think it would help him but since hes a chewer thats still out the window sadly. Cause hed have pieces everywhere. 😭 id be scared for him to choke.

Pax8 08-26-2014 02:50 PM

I'm curious. I can understand no towels. Do you guys have the same feeling about unhemmed fleece? I've had towel eaters switched over to fleece and they chew on it a bit, realize they can't really tear strips and give up. Anyone else had this experience? Unhemmed fleece has been my go to crate bedding because of that.

Liesje 08-26-2014 02:54 PM

My adult dogs have calloused elbows and neither are crated during the day or night. One is only crated maybe a few times a year (for rides in the car to/from somewhere) and the other is crated during training and at times during competition/tournaments but otherwise as free reign of the house. Both dogs appear to sleep on the couch or chairs during the day and have dog beds at night (if they chose) but still developed callouses.

Traveler's Mom 08-26-2014 03:37 PM

My dog has huge elbow callouses. He is never crated. He's rarely on cement/asphalt. He lays around on carpet or grass.

I have no idea why he has these callouses. I use vetericyn and coconut oil on them regularly. It helps but they are still there.

Lynn & Traveler


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