Tomorrow I am taking Stella back to the vet because of the skin-fold irritation that has been going on. I will be getting her weighed once again to make sure she is in the 7 lb range. I can tell a difference in her size (even that area of the belly looks like it has shrunken a bit), but regardless of the half pound she has lost or is still losing (I know weight lost can be a slow process), the irritation is STILL THERE. Two weeks ago, I took her to the vet for the same reason and the vet gave her an antibacterial shot (starts with a C. . I'm at work right now, so I don't have the papers with the name near by) that's suppose to help with skin irritations. The thing is, I hardly saw any improvement. I've been using the Malaseb Pledgets as well. I had her wear that E Collar for about a week and a half to help stop her from licking the area. The E Collar served as an annoyance. It made it difficult for her to reach, so she didn't try as much. I wouldn't be surprised if she was able to reach part of it. Especially since the cloth-like ones begin to lose its shape, making it easier to fold. I monitored her every night, but what can you do when you are at work? I'm so frustrated for her. She seems perfectly fine as far as everything else goes. She's active, playful and loving, but I know it's got to be an annoyance for her. How many times will I need to go back to the vet before something actually works? Maybe I'm impatient and this whole process will take some time. The vet strongly believes it was the steroids she was on that caused her to gain the weight, which caused this irritation to occur. By the way, the areas do not look like they've gotten any worse, so that's good. I'm really upset and I just want the irritation to go away.