A. First off I would recommend having your pet's skin tested (skin scrape/cytology/biopsy) and potentially a T4 test for hypothyroidism. These quick affordable tests can look for most of the common causes of dry skin in dogs.
For topical treatment my top recommendation is Duoxo shampoos. They are the most effective, in my experience, they have no sulfure and no salicyclic acid and are good at moisturizing the skin.
Another good brand is Dermoscent Essential 6 spot on.
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