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Alternative To E-Collar For Sensitive/irritated Skin?

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Hello!

My oldest HL Crestie girl is 11 this year. Since last winter she has had more skin issues pop up than ever before in her life. Irritation/small scrapes. Thus far, the vet has not found any reason - although he tried looking for "the usual suspects". Food allergies, mites, yeast/bacterial/fungal infections. No test has come back positive. In every other way, she is doing well and is a much loved and maybe slightly spoiled old gal.

Things were going fine but then early this week she wouldn't stop licking a spot on her left front leg. I couldn't see anything obvious on Tuesday, but tonight I found a good sized pimple there, which burst open as soon as I held her still to get a closer look. I gave her a warm bath and after she was dry I sprayed a small amount of doggie liquid bandage on it that my vet recommended I keep on hand. She was snoozing on my bed after that and I went into the kitchen so didn't see her for about 30 minutes. When I came back into my bedroom I found that she'd woken up and now a larger area (surrounding the same place) was looking irritated/red. I caught her mid-lick, so I knew why!

That's when I finally resorted to an e-collar. One problem, and why I waited to go the e-collar route... she only has one eye + cataracts, so this severely impacts her field of vision. Which translates into her ability to get around. :( It's transparent, which is why I bought it. Thinking it would be better with her limited vision. But I guess not.

The doggie liquid bandage seems to work pretty well, or did previously in places she could not easily lick. But if she just keeps licking this same spot I think that its effectiveness will decrease quickly. So I'm wondering if someone has an idea for a "better" way to keep her away from her lower front leg without messing up her field of vision? It shouldn't take TOO long to heal up... I'm thinking a week max. IF I can get her to leave it alone.

I've just seen the inflatable donut type collars while searching online, but am not sure they're big/wide enough to keep her from getting to the ankle area. And of course, anything I put on any part of her skin... I have to worry about chafing. But maybe some kind of long sleeved baby shirt? Or???

Also... After going over a bunch of threads here, one thing I've not tried yet in this last year is coconut oil. So I just ordered some. It seemed like some people give it orally (from what I found it's approx. 1/4tsp mixed with food 1-2x/day for my 19lb girl), some are using it topically. Which is better to start with just in case of sensitivities? I know several people mentioned that too much can upset their tummy, and I definitely don't want to do that. But wasn't sure about a topical application with kind of raw (but not bloody) skin?

Thanks for the help :)



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I have used it on hot spots [caused by allergies ] with great success....and I find that it works even if they eventually lick it off.....I just have to apply it , then make sure he can't get at it for a few minutes



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I have used it on hot spots [caused by allergies ] with great success....and I find that it works even if they eventually lick it off.....I just have to apply it , then make sure he can't get at it for a few minutes

Thanks :) I assume you go with a small amount of coconut oil topically in that application? Do you give it with food orally also, or stick with topically?



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This is just what I did when my Bichon wouldn't stop licking his two front legs to the point that it was raw looking.  I did bandage it with tensor bandages and tape but what worked the best was I took a pair of my pantyhose, cut the legs off to the length of his legs, cut a hole in the crotch for his head.  Then I stitched the bottom of the hose so the leg at the bottom would be tighter and it worked.   It is probably a weird idea but it worked for me.  Sometimes you just have to think outside the box.



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This is just what I did when my Bichon wouldn't stop licking his two front legs to the point that it was raw looking.  I did bandage it with tensor bandages and tape but what worked the best was I took a pair of my pantyhose, cut the legs off to the length of his legs, cut a hole in the crotch for his head.  Then I stitched the bottom of the hose so the leg at the bottom would be tighter and it worked.   It is probably a weird idea but it worked for me.  Sometimes you just have to think outside the box.

 

That's pretty genius! I wonder if baby/toddler tights would work, since her legs are short-ish. She's a cobby body. Thank you for the great input!



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I give him coconut oil as a treat every few days , too......just a bit on my finger...he loves it   [ I can't even say the word ''coconut' 'without him jumping around in excitement ]

you have to be careful not to give too much.....it can cause ''unpleasant '' results!



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I don't know if you sew at all but I made a "softie" e collar for one of my hairless cats when she kept licking at her spay incision. All it basically is 2 pieces of fabric cut in a circle big enough that the can't get to whatever you want to keep them from and a piece of stiff interfacing between. Then I threaded a ribbon around the part that her head went threw and tied it on. The end result is a floppy soft e collar and in my case a mad cat who looked something like one of those lizards that have that thing pop up around their heads. I'm attaching a pic, it's not great but hopefully it helps. If you're interested, just Google diy softie e collars and a tutorial should pop up, that's how I learned to make the one I did.49a8864bed183aec23e8ffe21e357291.jpg

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Oh my gosh, that's kind of adorable. Haha. And a great idea! I can't sew, but I have a couple friends who can. I think I will "invest in our future" and look into this! Thank you very much for the great input!



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Oh my gosh, that's kind of adorable. Haha. And a great idea! I can't sew, but I have a couple friends who can. I think I will "invest in our future" and look into this! Thank you very much for the great input!

I just thought of it, you could probably make it with this glue stuff instead of sewing since it's so simple. I think it's called liquid stitch, I've never used it myself but I've heard great things about it. Check for it at walmart or a craft store in the sewing section

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