tiny bald spots? - German Shepherd Dog Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-06-2010, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Asche-zu-Staub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 347
tiny bald spots?

Stauba has 2 symmetrical bald spots on her front elbows. I did reading up about it and looked at pictures and it seems that they are just calluses, caused from laying or moving on carpet or hard surfaces (my living room is hard wood and she hangs out on the couch alot which as a carpet like texture). Its apparently pretty common with larger dogs. I'm just wondering if anyone else has had this before? What can I do to get her hair growing back in those spots?

as for diet (in case it comes up) she is on TOTW and Raw, but mostly Raw, as she doesn't eat her kibble most of the time. I also use supplements on my dogs (for omega 3 and 6).
Asche-zu-Staub is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-06-2010, 09:01 AM
Moderator
 
JKlatsky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Riverview, FL
Posts: 2,988
It's extremely common in larger dogs. And the bigger the dog, generally the bigger the elbow pads. All my adult shepherds have small ones. When we had Mastiffs, they would get some pretty large ones.



Some of it depends on how they lay. The dogs that sleep on their elbows seem to develop them more than the dogs that roll pretty quick to their side.

And the only other thing you can do is address the surface that the dog lays on. Softer, more cushioning surfaces will reduce the elbow pads. Rough concrete will probably make it worse. So if your dog is kenneled putting a bed in there might help...but I know in the summer there's no way I'm getting my dogs onto something soft because they much prefer the cold tile. There's nothing wrong with having them, just nature's way of protecting the joint.

Bianka vom Eisernen Loewen IPO3, CGC, TC 1-3-08
Cade vom Eisernen Loewen IPO1, CGC 3-25-09
D'Artagnan (Tag) vom Eisernen Loewen BH 2-2-10
G Aiko von Burkndeiros SchH 3, IPO3, FH, TC, KKL2 9-17-02 (Retired)


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
JKlatsky is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-06-2010, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Asche-zu-Staub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 347
she is def an elbow sleeper! Though im not sure how thats comfortable at all, its what she does lol. I would feel bad putting a bed in her crate at this time of year...guess it can wait till its gets cooler :-).
Asche-zu-Staub is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tiny bald spots on my GSD' ears Kano Rex GSD Health Issues 3 02-04-2014 10:50 AM
Tiny Tiny soft dog treats erfunhouse Equipment (how to use/where to find) 29 09-23-2013 12:21 PM
Small bald spots? H15A5H1 Health Issues 4 03-24-2010 03:38 PM
tiny tiny kenya brag :D Fransheska Braggs!!! 3 02-08-2009 11:34 AM
Bald Spots, And Itching WinitheGSD Health Issues 10 10-30-2008 11:20 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome