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Horse Grooming Services Reading PA

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Reach for the Leash
(484) 554-6800
Pottstown, PA
Services
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Dog Training, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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The Distinquished Pooch
(610) 942-4431
110 Morview Blvd
Morgantown, PA
Description
Lucy is a dedicated pet lover. She uses only all natural products and treats every animal with love and attention to special needs. The animals welfare is always Lucy's top prioriety. Ears,Nails,and ears and shampoo with appropriate products and free bandanna encluded with groom. Open Monday-Friday. Specializes in special needs dogs.Lucy is also Vet recommended and her shop is affiliated with Country Companion Animal Hospital.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Wash UR Paws
(610) 781-1312
Wash ur Paws
Boyertown, PA
Description
Professional Pet Stylists with full service salon. We pride ourselves with our customer service and the pampering of your pet. We treat each dog as if it were our own, with one on one attention reduces stress and provide safety. Open Monday - Saturday and evening appointments. All natural products, Pet pick up and delivery. Bath & Brush consists of inspection of coat, thorough wash, ears cleaned, pads cleaned, nails clipped or filed, bush out coat and Puppy Perfume.

The Hairy Hound Canine Clipper
(717) 866-7488
900 Tulpehocken rd.
Richland, PA
Description
Quality and compassionate grooming performed by a qualified and certified pet enthusiast. Whether you're looking to pamper your pet or prepare for a show. We can keep your furry friend looking and smelling the best! Ask about our exciting incentive program and discounts. We'll make it easy to keep your Hairy Hound in paw-fect condition.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Shelly's Professional Grooming and Pet Sitting
(610) 291-4641
3134 Lutheran Road
Gilbertsville, PA
Description
All breed dog and cat grooming; specializing in cat grooming lion cuts and longer. Doggie day care. Open 7 AM-6 PM. Pet sitting available year round-heated and A/C, large outdoor play yards, shaded with puppy pool. Obedience training available. Agility & fun time. Drop-ins welcome.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Show Grooming Services

Washes 'n Wags
(610) 780-3216
381 W. Penn Ave.
Robesonia, PA
Description
Groomer and owner, Linda Rostolsky, is a committed pet lover who offers dog grooming to the four legged member of your family in a loving and enjoyable environment.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Fuzzy Mutts Dog Grooming
(717) 271-1381
739 Locust Street
Denver, PA
Description
Our groomer and owner, Jenn, is looking to pamper all pets for a reasonable price. She is a grooming school graduate, has a degree in Animal Science as well as several years of mobile grooming, pet sitting and veterinary experience before opening a home studio. Appointments only available on Saturday and Sundays. We do also offer mobile grooming option if needed.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services

The Cats Den
(215) 692-4826
16 Alans Lane
Boyertown, PA
Description
The Cat's Den offers a grooming service for all breeds of cats. We groom nothing but cats and know how to calm even the toughest kitty. Each cat is seen on an individual basis to minimize stress. Evening and weekend appointments are available.
Services
Cat Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Cindy's Canine Companions Salon & Services
(717) 933-1333
12 Chestnut St.
Rehrersburg, PA
Description
We provide the spa beauty treatments that are modified to benefit your pet's needs at a fraction of the cost you would pay at a larger salon. We are a few service salon offering customized appointments to meet your busy schedule.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Vet Referred

A Canine Salon
(610) 926-2722
Cross Keys Rd
Reading, PA
 
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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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