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Horse Grooming Services Portsmouth VA

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Paws and Whiskers
(757) 270-0149
Chesapeake, VA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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All Paws on Deck
(757) 620-3617
Virginia Beach, VA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Behavior Modification, Doggie Day Care, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Happy Tails Refuge
(757) 416-4387
Virginia beach, VA
Services
Pet Massage, Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Behavior Modification, Doggie Day Care, Dog Training, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Park Avenue Pups
(757) 321-1935
1401 Bainbridge Blvd
Chesapeake, VA
Description
At Park Avenue Pups, we offer, sedation-free full service grooming, with consideration paid to each dog?s level of tolerance and the owner?s desire for their dog?s appearance. For owners that work all day, we offer a Day Care/Grooming visit. Owners can drop their pups off in the morning, and their pet will play in day care until afternoon. This seems to help some cope with grooming anxiety issues.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Happy Tails To You
(757) 288-7560
Gail Padon
Chesapeake, VA
Description
Tired of taking your pet to the groomer and leaving him/her for eight hours or more? Let me make it more convenient for you and your hairy friend. I pick up and deliver your pet to your door. The whole process takes between 2 and 4 hours. No more staying in a kennel for hours without any potty breaks or personal service. Check out my website and give me a call, I would love to earn your business.
Services
Offers Mobile/House Call Grooming, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services

Top Dog Walk
(757) 754-9255
Norfolk, VA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, House Sitting, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Beach Pet Care
(757) 472-0820
Virginia Beach, VA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Pet Transportation, Behavior Modification, Pooper Scooper Service, Dog Training, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Just Dogs! Gourmet
(757) 233-6450
1611A Colley Ave
Norfolk, VA
Description
Our groomer and owner, are committed pet lovers who endeavors to provide a friendly and enjoyable environment catering to all of your dog and cat grooming needs. She will make every effort to ensure your pet enjoys the grooming procedure. Weekday and weekend appointments are available. Open Tuesday - Saturday.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Royal Paws Pet Grooming,LLC
(757) 488-2235
5474 Nansemond Parkway
Suffolk, VA
Description
Kim and Sarah have been working together locally for 16years combined ,they have an excellent reputation for quailty dog and cat grooming at competitive rates. They are also sister's who enjoy working together and want to offer the tidewater area with a more upscale grooming salon thats meets every customers needs. Open Tuesday-Saturday 7:30-5:00 closed Monday and Sunday
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Dirty Dogz
(757) 838-3299
Doggy Dayz Academy & Inn
Hampton, VA
Description
Full service Groomers for dogs and cats. We welcome all breeds and sizes from Chihuahuas to Mastiffs. Military, Fire and Police discounts. Inside Doggy Dayz Academy and Inn, a cageless doggy daycare and kennel.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Retail Pet Products Available

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Pre-Purchase Evaluation Process

1. Start at the tip of the horse's nose, putting hands on every single part of the horse's body. Note to a scribe or assistant any variants from normal.

2. Evaluate eyes, ears, nose, throat, lungs, heart, and skin using appropriate tools. Pay particular attention to the joints, feet, and legs of performance horses.

3. Repeat step 2.

4. Draw blood for initial blood counts of the horse at rest. Evaluate profile for liver and kidney function, red and white cell count, muscle enzymes, and any other checks the buyer requests.

5. Weigh the horse. Measure the horse. Document markings.

6. Move to the 100-foot, firm-surfaced, covered longing pen. Longe horse in a specific gait sequence for 12 to 15 minutes, or longer if the horse is an endurance prospect. Listen to heart and lungs again. Draw second blood sample to measure red blood cell counts and hemoglobin, comparing the at exercise profile to the at rest profile.

7. Conduct flexion tests on all joints, grading each joint on each limb separately. The horse is trotted from and to the veterinarian after holding the isolated joint for one minute. The veterinarian will note a score of 0 to 5 at five points of the trot cycle, resulting in an ideal (but rare) score of 00000 (a sound horse).

8. Reattach the longe line and send the horse around again for another 10 to 12 minutes in a specific gait sequence to gauge soundness during extended work.

9. If appropriate, saddle or harness the horse and watch a performance sessio...

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Take Off the Edge


In the September 2004 Western Horseman print feature "Defensive Care," Indiana equine practitioner Timothy Bartlett, D.V.M., offers advice on preventing lower-leg injuries in performance horses. Two of his tips are to properly condition and warm up your horse.

Longeing is a common technique used to work the fresh off horses and to get horses in shape. What you might not realize, however, is that out-of-control longeing - whether the horse is on or off a line - can cause body misalignments, such as canted shoulders and hips, which strains leg tissues and puts a horse at risk for losing his balance and injuring himself.

In this online bonus, Bartlett explains how to bit up your horse and work him in a controlled manner from the ground. His technique also enhances your handle on a horse when you're ready to ride.

Saddle your horse and bridle him with snaffle bit. Place a rein on each bit ring and tie the reins to the saddle horn at a point they make light contact with your horse's mouth. This encourages him to flex at the poll, round his back and drive off his hindquarters for collected movement.


Next, run a 30-foot lariat through the left bit ring, over your horse's poll and down through the right bit ring, and snap it to itself, as shown in Photos 1 and 2. This configuration enhances your control, plus helps keep your horse balanced as he moves, thereby reducing strains and injury.

Longe your horse in a safe enclosure, such as a corral or round pen, b...

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