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