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Dirty Dogs Done Dirt Cheap
(814) 944-3250
1801 Rear Valley View Blvd.
Altoona, PA
Description
We are a full service dog grooming shop. We offer a variety of packages to meet your dog grooming needs. I have over 10 years experence.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Vet Referred

Deans Dog Grooming
(814) 684-5589
Deans Dog Grooming
Tyrone, PA
Description
Joyce has over 20 yrs exp. in pet grooming.Services include baths,defleaing,nails,ears,clips,medicated baths,ect.. All breeds cats too. Call 814-684-5589
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

Angela'S Vip Pet Grooming
(814) 942-9903
125 Byron Ave
Altoona, PA
 
Brady's Pet Services
(717) 805-5569
Camp Hill, PA
Services
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Errand Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, House Sitting, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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City Pet Care, Inc.
(212) 874-8272
Bushkill, PA
Services
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Doggie Day Care, House Sitting, 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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Deb's Pawsitively Great Grooming Shop
(814) 886-4008
5195 Portage Street
Lilly, PA
Description
Tracy and Debbie were trained by a local groomer with 35 years experience. Both are groomers and breeders with a general love of all animals. Offers all breed pet grooming with over 10 years experience. Grooming appointments at any hour (emergency grooming ) and 7 days a week. We do pick-ups in a large area around our shop and take great pride in our work. We treat every pet as if they were our own.
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, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Bubbles Pet Shop
(814) 296-2686
2020 Bellmeade Dr
Altoona, PA
 
At Your Service Mobile Pet Grooming
(215) 369-5269
15 Canal Street
Yardley, PA
 
Walking With Kim
(267) 404-2117
Perkasie, PA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Doggie Day Care, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Pampered Petcare
(412) 249-8160
Carnegie, PA
Services
Pet Massage, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Behavior Modification, Errand Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Dog Training, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Safe Twitching

Written by Melissa Cassutt

There are three basic types of restraint that can be effective during an emergency: location restraint, physical restraint and chemical restraint.  Colorado veterinarian Ruth Sorensen discusses different techniques of twitching, a form of physical restraint that can help control your horse as you address an emergency.

In part two, Sorensen explains how to properly apply three different types of hobbles. Our series on emergency restraint techniques concludes with an article on different types of location restraint, chemical restraint, and special techniques to restrain a foal, mule or donkey.
Safe Twitching

There are two areas on a horse that can be effectively and humanely twitched—the neck and the nose. Vulnerable anatomy, such as ears, joints or genitals should never be used for restraint. Besides being illegal in some states, ear twitches can cause permanent damage and may actually provoke aggression in some horses.

There are a few situations in which a twitch should not be used. These include if a horse is:

• Thrashing. To ensure the safety of the horse and the handler, a horse that is thrashing (as is often the case with a bad colic) should not be twitched or restrained with any other technique.

• Hurt in the area to be twitched. This may sound obvious, but it still deserves to be noted. Do not apply a twitch to an injured area, such as a sunburned muzzle or a shoulder suffering from a laceration.

• Acting up. Twitching should be used only in an emergency, and only to restrain a horse long enough to prevent further injury as the situation is being handled. Twitching should never be used as a form of discipline.

Nose twitches can be applied by hand or with a piece of equipment.
To apply a nose twitch by hand, grasp the “meaty” part of the upper lip under the nostrils, and while keeping a firm grip, twist your hand. As you hold this twitch, pulse your hand and gently massage the lip with your fingers.

As for twitching equipment, there are three basic types of nose twitches:

• Humane twitches. These metal clamps hinge at one end to squeeze the upper lip, and fasten at the opposite end with a snap. Though called humane twitches, Sorensen says they can end up causing injury by pinching or slipping loose.

• Rope-end twitches. These twitches are comprised of a long stick with a rope loop at one end. The loop is applied to the upper lip and twisted tight. As with the humane twitch, these can also have a problem with slipping.

• Chain-end twitches. These twitches are the same as a rope-end twitch, but instead of a rope loop, they have a chain loop, which provides more grip.

Whatever type of twitch you use, it’s important to stay active and aware when twitching a horse. If using your hands, “work the twitch” by pulsing your hands and massaging the area; if using a piece of equipment, gently and slowly roll the handle over and back, being careful not to loosen the twitch.

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