|Barked: Sun Nov 11, '12 7:46pm PST |
|A lot of dogs have issues with certain body parts being touched, just like humans. For example, for me, I can't stand having my stomach touched, or the bottoms of my feet, and only people I trust can touch my neck. So it's not necessarily indicative of pain, although it can be.
Typically if a dog has displaysia so bad that they yelp over touch, they will also limp or have a generally poor gate. The only way to know for sure, though, is to do x-rays. You could speak with your vet about whether this is a good idea - often when there is minimal pain, the exposure to radiation is not worth the knowledge gained.
Tick-borne diseases and early onset arthritis can also cause similar symptoms.
Dogs can also retain the memory of pain. Ember acts as you've described for brushing, and she has had chronic Lyme. During flare-ups, she limps so badly she is non-weight baring. Yet when she's healthy, she can run flyball for 2 hours straight without faltering. I believe she remembers her hips hurting and shies from habit. She has gotten better with desensitizing massages.
ETA: Huskies typically don't have skin problems unless they are consistently wet or damp, or they are zinc deficient. With zinc deficiency, you will usually have multiple, obvious symptoms, not just hidden sores. to inspect skin, I usually just gently move little bits of fur aside with one hand, holding them back with the other until I see skin. If I really need to inspect thoroughly, it's easiest to give them a bath.
Edited by author Sun Nov 11, '12 7:51pm PST
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