San Bruno Pet Hospital 1111 El Camino Real
San Bruno, CA 94066
Phone: (650) 583-5039
Fax: (650) 763-8620

Hospital Hours
M-F: 7:30a-6p
Sat: 8a-5p
Appointment Hours
M-F 8:30a-5:30p
Sat: 8:30a-4:30p

After Hours Emergency
Emergency Clinic

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NOTE: These are offered
as general information
only and NOT a substitute
for a visit to your
veterinarian. If you feel
that your pet has a
problem that may require
urgent attention
call us at (650) 583-5039
immediately. If after hours,
contact the emergency
clinic (650) 348-2575.
How to Pick Up a Small Dog
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call San Bruno Pet -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

Most people will pick up a small dog much like we would pick up a child, by the sides of the chest with with rear body hanging, unsupported. But many small dogs have back injuries, and picking them up this way is painful and can cause further injury. So, remember that it is important to support the rear body when you pick up a small dog.

Here is a movie of Jen, our hospital manager, with her dog Chewie. Like many small dogs, Chewie had a serious back injury. He had a prolapsed lumbar disc 2 years ago. This problem suddenly caused rear leg paralysis and severe pain, but luckily, after surgery, he regained use of of his rear legs. Watch how Jen picks up Chewie to see the safe way to pick up a small dog.

By Dr Elaine Salinger
VMD, Medical Director