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Hey guys, I desperately need your help. I recently asked my groomer to shave off the hair of my shih-tzu mix's butt. That night he was quite irritated and would walk then sit. We consulted a vet who said it's just itching and gave us oral anti itch medication for 2 days which did not work. Now he won't eat, has a red butt (see attached), keeps licking the area and won't stop whimpering. How can I solve this? Will ice help his discomfort? Thank you.
 

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As much as I don't like using them, the plastic cone collars should prevent the dog from licking the area. Surprised the vet didn't recommend it. Meds could flare it up - try some coconut oil instead.
 

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We did put a plastic cone on his head; unfortunately, the cone was practically useless as he found a way to loosen it and slide it down his neck to reach his butt (What a sneaky pooch). I'm looking for a cone with snaps, but the three stores I went to all had velcro, the same one we have.
 

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As much as I don't like using them, the plastic cone collars should prevent the dog from licking the area. Surprised the vet didn't recommend it. Meds could flare it up - try some coconut oil instead.
We did get a cone, but he figured out a way to loosen it and slide it down so he could reach his butt (sneaky pooch). I'll try the coconut oil as soon as I can purchase some tomorrow
 

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We did get a cone, but he figured out a way to loosen it and slide it down so he could reach his butt (sneaky pooch). I'll try the coconut oil as soon as I can purchase some tomorrow
Maybe tape it on so he can't loosen it. I hate using them personally but it's best for the dog.
 
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