Last week Siri developed some skin irritations on her right hip that she couldn't leave alone, so it was time to bring the lampshade collar out of retirement. I hate doing that to my dogs, but the alternative was medicating them into unconsciousness until the raw areas healed. That, or getting some steroids from the veterinarian; I tried that last year and Siri had to go to the bathroom every five minutes for the week that she was on the drugs. Not fun. I'm guessing these were due to some kind of allergy or bug bites, something that made her itch, so I've also been giving her Claritin and Benadryl, which seem to help. The collar was on for three days and came off yesterday morning, and she seems a lot more comfortable.