Other dogs would be an issue with the fabric cone...I did have to spray it with Bitter Yuck because one of the cats was gnawing on it when the dog laid down. That's hilarious that he learned the hogging trick! Hope he's better fast!
My poor dog ended up on a low dose steroid the beginning of this summer, she has an intense flea allergy and after we ended up with fleas after nothing for three years she tore herself up. Cone of shame, tshirt (actually that's all the time now), tied socks on her feet at night... all from a couple little fleas. Steroids aren't much good for them, but at her age the vet said at this point lets just get her comfy. Side effect, seems to help her joints too.
BTW, Listerine helps with itchy skin, it has to be the brown flavor (other ones have sugar in them) and can be the generic. It's an antifungal and has really helped her in the past. I dilute it 50/50 with water and pour it on her and let it dry. Vet ok'd it and it's cheap! Works great on her grass allergy and other "what did you get into" issues. Dogs with very little hair can't afford to lose more LOL.