Horse Twitches Anniston AL

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The Four Paws Dog Grooming and Training, LLC
(256) 240-7117
1102 South Quintard Avenue
Anniston, AL
A knowledgeable and caring staff. Starting to offer services in Show Grooming. Awardig winning in dog training. The environment is friendly and clean. Retail specializing in dog food.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Dog Days Salon
(256) 847-8200
7335 U.S. Hwy 431 Suite 2
Alexandria, AL
A full service grooming salon owned and operated by Donna Spurlin, a highly trained and Nationally Certified Master pet stylist who is committed to making sure your pet receives the best quality service and care possible. Happy human to five dogs (Blue, Jasmine, Aspen, Salem and Chance-Man) Donna has recently won First Place for best groomed dog in the first time competitor category in Atlanta,GA with Aspen, one of her standard poodles. Dog Days Salon is open Mon-Fri and by appointment only.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Livestock Grooming services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

DK Pet Salon
(256) 622-2267
622 Southern Avenue
Piedmont, AL
DK Pet Salon is a new grooming shop located in Piedmont Alabama near Dollar General Store. We accept all breeds of dogs and cats and offer discounts for multiple pet and regular customers. With 5 years experience as a pet groomer, your pet will receive a professional quality groom and hopefully a desire to come back and see us again!
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

(256) 435-4377
2521 Pelham Rd S
Jacksonville, AL

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Suzy Q's Pet Grooming Salon, Boutique and Pet Photography
(256) 891-9997
419 North Broad Street
Albertville, AL
Suzy Q's Salon is a one stop shop for all your pets needs.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services

Head to Tail Pet Care
(256) 835-6679
1113 Lakeside Drive
Oxford, AL
Our groomers and owner, Kathy Beecham, are committed pet lovers who want to provide a friendly and fun enviroment that will cater to your small dogs special needs. Appointments taken daily Monday - Friday, 7 -5.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments

Slocum Ridge Pet Camp
(256) 492-5000
727 Ford Valley Road
Gadsden, AL
A full service salon and pet resort. Our award winning grooming team is overseen by an NDGAA National Certified Master Groomer and cosnsists of some of the most highly skilled pet stylists in the state. Show and pet grooming available. Our Pet Resort accomodations are clean & comfortable. Friendly staff spoil your pet with lots a TLC. Visit our web site for details and Photo Tour.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Daycare Services, Show Grooming Services

Dog Days Salon
(256) 847-8200
7335 US Hwy 431 Ste 2
Alexandria, AL

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Jenny's Pets
(256) 682-1424
Huntsville, AL
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Doggie Day Care, House Sitting, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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groomin' & roomin'
(256) 878-7297
5710 US Hwy 431 Albertville
Albertville, AL
A full service salon and boarding facility offering grooming for dogs and cats of all sizes and luxury suites as well as regular cages. We also carry retail items. With over ten years experience in the pet care industry.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Vet Referred

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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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