I have a maltese who is yelping but not about one specific part of her body. If I touch her nose, she yelps, if I pick her up, she yelps, if I put her down, she yelps, if I touch her back, she yelps, etc. I had her to the groomer and this is how I got her back. I'm going to the vet today...but my question is I thought yelping pertained to one particular pain in the body i.e., say if she hurt her leg and it was touched then she would yelp. But she's yelping no matter where she is touched? Any ideas as to what could be happening? Her behavior is 100% different, she does nothing like the way she used to. For example, if I go upstairs, she ran ahead of me to get up there with me. Now, she does not even look at me, just lets me go upstairs alone. She's also very lethargic (she's already on thyroid meds)...but as I mentioned I took her to groomer two days ago and she has not been the same since then.
That tends to make me think that going to the groomer definately had something to do with it. Was that her first trip to the groomer? She may not be hurt physically but it sounds like her feeling are definately hurt!! My older maltese hated going to the groomer, but she put up with it. I changed groomers when it seemed that everytime I took her to the old one, she came home having trouble with her knee on her hind leg popping in and out. My new Maltese pup goes to the groomer and she does fine, but she's tiny and if we bump her or accidently step on her a tiny bit, she yelps and heads to her bed and pouts. Won't look at us or have anything to do with us until she's good and ready! We always try to pick her up and make over her and tell her how sorry we are that we hurt her, and she eventually "forgives" us. They definately have their own personality and they can get very put out if they feel that you've done something wrong or been mean to them! Just try to give her some extra TLC and baby her a little bit, especially if the vet finds nothing wrong with her.
Actually, the vet said her back was injured and that's why she yelped no matter where she was touched because the back is connected to everything. As I suspected, she either was dropped from that table they place the dogs on and tie the "noose" around their necks...or she jumped. Which I told the groomer over and over again, not to leave her unattended because she is a jumper. Either way, she was injured at the groomer's. Luckily, the x-ray showed no permanent damage and her bloodwork came back 100%. She was just totally traumitized. It breaks my heart to know that she went through that when she trust me to take care of her. My next problem now is getting another groomer, preferably one that will come to the house and also to get Molly to be able to sit for the groomer and not be traumatized all over again thinking she will have the same experience again. So upsetting, this whole ordeal. She is starting to come around to being her self again...her back is still sore and I am afraid to pick her up because of the the yelping.
It's good that you found out that she actually had been dropped or something and that it's not a serious injury. I'll bet the groomer will totally deny anything happening, but I'd never take her back there again!! Having a groomer that comes to your home would be idea, although my little Cali is terrible when I get to the groomer's to pick her up and she's not quite ready yet, but when I'm not around the groomer says that she's an angel. I find that a little hard to believe, knowing Cali, but the groomer swears that she's perfect!It's going to be hard having her groomed again, as she's probably going to associate any grooming with what happened her last time at one. Poor baby!!
From a groomers stand point, it will just take time. If you go into a groomer nervous, the dog can feel that, it just makes them worse. You have not idea how may dogs we have to pull into the shop and once mom is gone they are playing and running around. Alot of it feeds off of you and your feelings. Be strong for her, she will be nervous, and probably scard but she needs you to be strong for her.
Also try to find someone who will groom her while you either watch or stay. sometimes a dog can not be groomed while mom watches. They just get either upset or excited and we have to ask mom to hide. If you can at least stay, you will feel better. Also don't expect her to sit perfectly. Unless you are grooming her at home, she wont. She will also scream if she doesn't get her way. It doesn't mean anyone is hurting her, it means she wants her way. EVERY spoiled little dog (including my own poodle) acts like this. Relax, a good groomer knows what they are doing, they are not hurting your dog. If you cant watch her be groomed, and like I said some dogs just can't have mom there, what the groomer groom another persons dog. It will give you peice of mind.
If you have any questions of what to ask a good groomer, email me, I don't mind helping. My boss and I actually have our tables by the front door. You come in the main door, and then there is a french 1/2 door. That is where we groom. Many people come in and out of our shop watching us groom. Although alot of dogs we do we have done for years, a dog shouldn't be left unattened at a table. That is very possibly how you baby fell. Our tables are close enough if I have to leave a dog, my boss can watch both hers and mine so they don't fall. The other common way dogs are hurt is when a groomer turns their back on a dog in the tub. Some will jump out of the tub. Anything is possible.