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OK, here's the deal with pyodera, folliculitis and hair loss secondary to stuff like staph, scrapes and scratches and bare areas that were shaved for surgery.
If you do nothing at all (except for getting rid of what ever caused the hairless areas in the first place--in Dean's case--the folliculitis) the hair will grow back. It grows back fastest in the spring when most dogs are shedding winter coats, and in the fall when they are growing winter coats. But with a few exceptions it WILL grow back.
There are endless products sold which claim to grow coats--most of them don't speed up hair growth--but they often get high rating from owners who try them because, sure enough, the hair grew back.
I learned many years ago that there are things you can do that will prevent hair loss due to infections. Wash any fabric collar or harness frequently. It's probable that Dean's initial problem was that his harness was rubbing--and rubbed small areas of skin raw and they got infected and cases of pyoderma and then folliculitis can and do develop rapidly.
I also pad harness with either lambs wool or synthetic wool--both was well but for real lambs wool I wash in Woolite and air dry. The synthetic stuff dries fine in the dryer.
For leather collars and harnesses--buy some saddle soap and clean them frequently.