Elbow Hygromas in Dogs

Any dog can develop an elbow hygroma, but they are most common in large and giant breeds. The condition is usually noticed when the owner notices that their dog’s elbows look swollen or have lumps beneath the skin. Sometimes these lumps are fluid-filled cysts that are soft and squishy; sometimes they feel like a mass of hard tissue under the skin. In either case, you should bring your dog in for a veterinary exam to ensure that the swelling isn’t causing discomfort or pain. But even if it doesn’t seem to be bothering your dog, elbow hygromas can cause long-term problems—including arthritis—if left unchecked (and untreated).

Dogs with elbow hygromas need regular follow-up visits with the veterinarian.

The most important thing you can do to help your dog is to speak with your veterinarian about elbow hygromas. The sooner you seek treatment for an elbow hygroma, the better. Your vet might prescribe antibiotics or pain medication and might recommend surgery to remove the swelling caused by the hygroma. If left untreated, elbow hygromas can lead to infection and lameness in your pup’s front leg or leg joints.

Your dog’s elbows calloused and thickened?

Elbow Hygromas are a thickening of the tissue around the elbow, which is the joint between your dog’s humerus (upper arm bone) and radius (forearm bone). The hygroma often appears as an egg-shaped mass, although it can take different forms. It can be very painful for your dog to have his elbow bumped; this is because there are nerves in this area that respond to pressure or injury. According to VCA Hospitals’ website, “elbow lesions such as these may be caused by direct trauma or repetitive stress on the area.”

Elbow hygromas can develop from any injury that causes soft tissue trauma.

The elbow is a common area for hygromas to develop, but they can also appear on other parts of the dog’s body. Elbows are particularly vulnerable because they have a lot of soft tissue and are often exposed when your dog is running around or playing.

Injuries to the elbow usually happen from another dog playfully biting at it and causing an injury that leads to swelling and fluid build-up under the skin. Accidental injuries from cars, falls, doors, fences — anything that causes trauma to your pet’s elbow — could result in hygroma development.

Elbow hygromas are most common in large dog breeds, but they can happen in any dog.

Elbow hygromas are most common in large dog breeds, but they can happen in any dog. Also called elbow calluses, elbow bumps, and elbow bumps, they are caused by excess moisture or inflammation of the skin covering the bone on a dog’s elbow. Although elbowing is a fairly normal behavior for dogs (and sometimes even encouraged!), some dogs may be more prone to developing these growths than others.

They can develop due to genetics or because of how a dog’s weight is distributed during activity and playtime. Dogs who like to dig holes or chase their tails often use their elbows more than other dogs; this could explain why some breeds tend to get them more frequently than others.

Some say the condition is congenital, others that it arises from the way a dog’s weight is distributed

Many experts believe that elbow hygromas are a congenital condition, and that they arise from the way a dog’s weight is distributed. If a dog has a lot of extra fat in its body, it will sit on its elbows. This can cause an increased pressure on the skin and underlying tissue over time, resulting in an elbow hygroma.

Some veterinarians disagree with this theory though; they say that since many dogs who have elbow hygromas are overweight or obese and therefore have an increased amount of weight pressing down on their elbows—but others are not overweight at all yet still develop this condition—it must be something else causing it instead. They think it might just be bad luck (or maybe even bad genes!)

Once a hygroma develops, it doesn’t disappear on its own.

Once a hygroma develops, it doesn’t disappear on its own. The fluid will continue to build up in the skin fold and can become infected or ulcerated and painful for your dog. In some cases, the skin may even break down completely and expose an underlying bone from the elbow joint (called osteomyelitis).

If left untreated, hygromas can cause lameness in dogs’ elbows when too much pressure is placed on them during movement or exercise.

Waiting for the hygroma to resolve will only lead to pain, infection and more problems.

If you have a dog with an elbow hygroma, it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible. Waiting for the hygroma to resolve will only lead to pain, infection and more problems.

Just like humans, dogs need their elbows to be able to bend fully at all times. An elbow hygroma can limit your dog’s ability or desire to run or play outside. It may also make him uncomfortable when he sleeps on his side or when he uses his paws on soft surfaces such as carpeting or grassy lawns in order to stand up after being down on all fours (for example when getting up from laying down).

If the problem is left untreated, it could progress into something much more serious: elbow osteoarthritis (OA) which causes inflammation around the joints of your pet’s arms and legs–this condition can make walking difficult for them! If you notice any changes in your dog’s mobility then grooming may be necessary weekly instead of monthly so that we can keep an eye out for signs such as limping around during playtime – this means we’ll need access inside each time one comes in so that we can monitor its progress closely every week without fail!


If your dog has elbow hygromas and you’re not sure what to do next, get in touch with a qualified veterinarian. They’ll be able to help you decide on the best course of action for your dog.