Shepherd/Husky Mix with scaly elbows

We have a 7 yr old female shepherd/husky/dobie (short-hair) mix who has rather dry skin. I noticed last night that she has a scaly patch on her right front elbow. It is not inflamed, infected nor does it cause her to bite/chew at it (it's not mange). It's just "there". It's the only place on her body that she has it. I had a friend who used to use Vitamin E oil on her Shepherd's skin. Is this a viable option to lubricate her skin and soften up that crusty patch? Thanks for your help!

Asked by Jessie on Jul 23rd 2010 in Skin Problems
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all the shepherds I have had had a small patch on the outer elbow.
if they lay on a hard surface frequently it can appear larger, it is just the weight of dog in the front as they lay on the cement or hard surface. It is like a callus. I wouldn't use an oil to rub on it. It can become soft and then if they bump it it could bleed or become infected.
A shepherds skin should never be overly lubricated. they have a soft inner coat that helps keep them cool and to protect their skin.
As long as the dog is healthy and clean there is no reason to use anything. I have had shep.'s for over 15 yrs.
If your friend uses it I don't know why. Either she is feeding them a corn based food or they have another issue? not sure never heard of that.
I will give my dogs if they don't get enough fat in their diet- pure salmon oil. I only had to do it once this year due to not enough fat and the dry winter inside.

Dieta answered on Jul 24th.

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Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011)

Sounds like an elbow callous. They usually result from lying on hard surfaces. My GSD has them, and as far as I am aware there is no way of getting rid of them.

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011) answered on 7/23/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


When I was at the shelter looking for a dog to adopt, one of the dogs had something that sounds like this. It was a rough patch of skin on her elbow. When we asked the shelter worker about it, they said it was just an elbow callous and it was nothing to worry about. I don't know anything about the oil to put on it, but if you are very worried you should stop by the vet and ask about the skin.

Member 997828 answered on 7/23/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Very common in dogs. I don't know why some dogs have them and some dogs don't. Since you are looking for something to soften it up and keep it from getting super dry, I recommend PETfection Paw Cream. It is an awesome multi-purpose cream that will moisturize and soften. It is 100% Organic and Non Toxic and will last you forever. I love the stuff, and use it on everything! You can check it out at Hope this helps!

Wyatt answered on 7/26/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer