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she had some hair loss but it grew back but her back has been really flaky

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Hair loss and flaky skin on your dog's back can be attributed to several causes, including allergies, skin infections, or even an underlying systemic condition. Since the hair loss has resolved but flakiness persists, it suggests that the initial cause may have been addressed, but the skin is still recovering or there is a residual issue that needs attention.

For flaky skin, it's important to maintain a good grooming routine. Regular brushing can help to remove dead skin and hair, promoting healthier skin and coat. Additionally, consider using a moisturizing or medicated shampoo specifically designed for dogs with sensitive skin. These shampoos can help soothe the skin and reduce flakiness. Be sure to rinse thoroughly, as shampoo residue can exacerbate skin irritation.

Diet also plays a crucial role in skin health. Ensure your dog is on a well-balanced diet rich in essential fatty acids, which can help improve skin condition. Supplements containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may be beneficial, but it's best to discuss this with a professional to determine the appropriate product and dosage for your dog.

Since your dog is on topical flea and tick preventatives, make sure you're applying them correctly and on a regular schedule. Sometimes, improper application can lead to skin irritation. Also, ensure that the product is suitable for your dog's size and weight.

Environmental factors can also contribute to skin issues. Minimize exposure to harsh chemicals or irritants that could be present in your home or yard. Additionally, consider using a humidifier if the air in your home is particularly dry, as this can lead to drier skin.

If the flakiness persists or worsens, or if you notice any new symptoms such as redness, oozing, a foul odor, or if your dog seems to be in discomfort or is excessively scratching or biting at the area, these could be signs of a secondary infection or another condition that requires medical attention. In such cases, it's important to seek professional help promptly.

Remember to keep your dog's bedding and living areas clean to reduce the risk of skin irritation and to monitor for any signs of parasites, as these can cause skin issues even with preventative treatments in place.

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