Q. Hair loss with iitchie dry scaling skin. Small spaded female inside dog

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A. Place an e-collar on her if she is licking or chewing excessively. Low humidity may cause dry skin. A humidifier in the home may help. Consider adding an essential fatty acid supplement (usually a fish oil) to her diet to promote a healthy coat and skin. Search www.pet360.com for fish oil supplements. In the meantime, a pet approved colloidal oatmeal bath can soothe itchy skin. Bathe in cool water and pat dry afterwards. If the condition progresses, have her seen by your vet to rule out medical causes such as parasites, infection or endocrine imbalances.

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