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Horse Grooming Services West Des Moines IA

Local resource for horse grooming in West Des Moines. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to horse groomers, as well as advice and content on animal grooming, pet care, horse brushes, and horse auctions.

small dog grooming
(515) 277-9513
1160 20th Street
West Des Moines, IA
Description
With 35 years of grooming experience, I offer exceptional professional quality grooming, specializing in the needs of small dogs, (under 20 pounds). Dogs appreciate the peaceful, loving environment. Conveniently located 3 blocks off I-235 in a beautiful West Des Moines neighborhood.

Shear Pawfection LLC
(515) 279-7297
517 Maple Street
West Des Moines, IA
Description
Full service pet styling, Upscale salon, spa, retail. Dogs and cats welcome, Do-It-Yourself, pick-up & delivery available. Open Monday thru Saturday by appointment, walk-ins & same day apppts can sometimes be accomodated.

Family Pet Veterinary Center
(515) 993-9224
1215 Prospect Ave.
West Des Moines, IA
 
Metro Cat Hospital Of Des Moines
(515) 221-9313
2900 University Ave Ste F5
West Des Moines, IA
 
Petco
(515) 223-8580
6805 Mills Civic Pkwy Ste 140
West Des Moines, IA
 
Shear Pawfection
(515) 279-7297
517 Maple Street
West Des Moines, IA
Description
The salon for pets in Historic Valley Junction. This salon offers full service pet styling for dogs & cats, Do-It-Yourself Pet Spa Wash, pick-up & delivery with many extras. Open Monday - Saturday by appointment.

It's a Dogs Life in Iowa
(515) 724-9292
2712 Douglas Ave
Des Moines, IA
Description
It's a DOG's Life in Iowa is a full service pet grooming salon. I provide an excellent standard of care for dogs/cats & pet parents! I specialize in senior pets/special cases (recues). Every pet is treated as if they were one of my very own. I (Lisa) have kids of own and know how important it is that you as the pet parent have a special relationship with me.

The Fleming Animal Clinic At Countryside Village
(515) 221-9045
1903 Ep True Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA
 
Premiere Pets
(515) 226-0809
1751 28th St
West Des Moines, IA
 
PetSmart
(515) 221-2295
11101 UNIVERSITY AVENUE
CLIVE, IA

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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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IA Equine Law

Iowa

Under Iowa Law, a domesticated animal professional is not liable for damages suffered by, an injury to, or the death of a participant resulting from the inherent risks of domesticated animal activities, pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 673.  You are assuming the inherent risks of participating in this domesticated animal activity.