Horse Twitches Auburn AL

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Parkway Animal Hospital
(334) 821-7672
1935 Opelika Road
Auburn, AL
For Paws Boutique
(334) 502-7900
1747 Ogletree Rd
Auburn, AL
(334) 826-8195
435 N Dean Rd
Auburn, AL
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
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Pet Sitters International

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Dixie Liebling Pet Salon
(334) 514-0566
4039 U.S. HWY 231
Wetumpka, AL
Here your pet will be pampered and babied ,given the very best care and love. We provide full service grooming and boarding. From Hand scissoring and sculpting and show clips. All grooms include bath, nails glands expressed and ears cleaned. From Cats and dogs to all kinds of pets(if we can fit it in the door we'll groom it!)(haha) Jeannette has been grooming for 20+ years..Miranda 4 years and Nicole 2 years.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Show Grooming Services

Liz's Pet Grooming Salon
(334) 887-4750
800 Mckinley Ave
Auburn, AL
(334) 826-8195
435 N Dean Rd
Auburn, AL

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All Creatures Veterinary Clinic
(334) 826-2577
2050 Wire Rd
Auburn, AL
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

Pawsitively Purrfect Grooming Salon & Pet Spa
(334) 524-3309
605 US Hwy 29 N
Valley, AL
A full service salon and kennel offering dog grooming and boarding services by skilled professionals. Your dog will be given first class service, which includes nails and dewclaw trimming, bath with the appropriate shampoo for your particular dogs coat .Spa speciality packages are available as well as toothbrushing. We specialize in giving your pet a perfect pampering experience;they won't want to leave. Open Monday-Saturday.
Offers Mobile/House Call Grooming, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Retail Pet Products Available, 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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