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Gayle Shares Her Homemade Elbow Pad Plans

June 11th, 2010 · 20 Comments · Pet Health

When East Tennessee Gayle developed an infected elbow after her amputation, her mom made a simple protective pad from some shipping foam and elastic tape.

If your Tripawd is developing a sore spot on his or her elbow, download these Homemade Dog Elbow Protector Pad Instructions and see if this helps. If it does, be sure to let us know and don’t forget to thank etgayle!

Free Download: etgayle’s elbow pad instructions

For those seeking feedback on a professional solution for protecting dogs from developing a hygroma – a swelling of the elbow common in large breed dogs – please review these Tripawds discussion forum search results for DogLeggs.

Additional Resources:

Orthopets: Custom Orthotic Braces and Mobility Devices

DogLeggs: Therapeutic and Rehabilitative Products for Dogs

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20 Comments so far ↓

  • etgayle

    it’s pretty obvious…charon doesn’t throw much away. if anyone is interested in trying to make one of these, PM me, and i can ship you a ‘chunk’ of the apple foam to start with. ‘dog willing’, the one i’ve made will be all we need in our lifetime….

  • merrie davis

    My dog has been on this website (Niki, the dog who loved to run) – could you send me a couple of pieces of foam ? she’s developing bad callouses and wrinkles on both front elbows. She had her back leg removed after being hit by a truck and severing the artery.

  • admin

    @merrie Sorry, we don’t have any foam to send. But I bet if you posted a request in the Tripawds Angel Exchange you might get some lickity split.

  • Tanya

    Hello!
    My tripawd boston terrier of 8 months has developed this hygroma on the end of her amputated leg where she keeps falling when playing or when lying down. She sleeps in our bed so t cant be softer but im not sure how to get to protect that area?!

  • admin

    Thanks for commenting Tanya. Front or rear leg? Sounds like you’re talking about a partial amputation, which often means difficulties down the road. Please post in the discussion forums with more detail for much better advice and support from members.

  • Tanya

    Thanks i will post in the other forum. But yes it looks like a partial amputation. She was a rescue and it is the front right paw that was amputated above the elbow.

  • Robert

    Hi guys,
    My 8 month old Rottie has 2 of thesehygroma’s on his front legs, wondering if anyone can spare some of the foam and send it internationally 🙂 would be very crateful.

  • admin

    You might consider posting this request in the forums where more readers will see it. Good luck!

  • Naomi Simpson

    MISS ETGAYLE… Could you please help me with info on how to locate the apple foam cylinders? I just discovered a hygroma on my 1 yr old Golden Retrievers elbow and I think I’m capable of making him your wonderful invention even though I’m partially disabled. Please if you can give me any info on this email me at halogrl222@yahoo.com your service will be greatly appreciated by me and my baby boy Riley!!

  • admin

    @naomi Yo may want to consider posting your request in the discussion forums in case etgayle has not subscribed to comment notifications. Or register and you can sender a Private Message.

    You should also be able to find foam of various thicknesses at your local craft store.

  • jerry

    Here is a post from Elgin, a large Dogue de Bordeaux who successfully fought off his hygroma with a laser therapy treatment at his vet’s office:

    “Watch those Callouses” http://elginsfamily.tripawds.com/2012/11/07/watch-those-callouses

  • Jennifer Wolka

    Hello, I have a 3-legged German Shepherd dog. She is starting to develop a bad callus on her hind leg. I will be taking her to the vet next week. But I am still doing some research of my own. Any suggestions on where I can buy padding for her back elbow? She sleeps in my bed and rarely lays on a hard floor. We go to the dog park often and play fetch so I think that is what is really doing it for her.

  • admin

    Thanks for asking Jennifer. Please post in the forums where you’re likely to receive much more feedback from members.

    You may want to check at JoAnn Fabrics or another fabric/sewing store for various thicknesses of foam padding or quilted fabrics.

  • Avoid, Heal and Protect Against Dog Elbow Hygromas » Tripawds Gear » Three Legged Dog Cancer Amputation Surgery Product Reviews Hel

    […] you can learn how to make the type of elbow protector that helped Gayle overcome her hygroma. In this Downloads blog post, she shares her own successful plans for a home made elbow pad protector using simple materials […]

  • Liz

    Anyone who receives the FRUIT of the MONTH Club Packages may have these inserts.
    Wondering if people could try putting in a request at their Local
    Recycling Center though I don’t know how successful you’ll be.

    Another source might be GOURMET shops or Specialty grocers even WHOLE FOODS if you get to management and ask them, I think they probably do get specialty produce in that type of packaging.

    Good luck

  • david

    would you make my dog some for a price?

  • admin

    Thanks for asking David, ET Gayle and her pack are no longer active on this site. Please consider posting in the forums to see if another member may be able to help you.

  • Jack Cornell

    I took two long black dress socks and cut half way through the socks, about 4 inches down from the foot hole. Then I slipped them over my dogs front paws, brought the toes together over his back, and sewed them together with sturdy cord. I took a pair of white cotton socks my 6 yr old had out grown, cut off the toes and slipped the both of them onto the paw with the bad elbow and under the black sock ‘harness’, so that the heels were over his bad elbow for padding. Daily, I have been putting triple antibiotic cream on a clean gauze pad and slipping that underneath the white ‘elbow’ socks. Healing quickly and the socks don’t seem to bother him at all.

  • Joey

    I would love one of these wraps! my poor Lucy has a big hygroma 🙁

  • rosie

    I need to make one of these for my springer Purdy . she has a pressure sore on elbow it is getting very sore looking thankyou

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