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Kelly's Pet Care
(512) 300-7387
Austin, TX
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Doggie Day Care, Errand Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, House Sitting, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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The Collie Cottage Pet Resort & Spa
(512) 285-3442
15805-B Giese Ln.
Manor, TX

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Bark n Purr Pet Center
(512) 452-3883
4604 Burnet Road
Austin, TX
Description
Our professional grooming staff takes gentle care of your pets. From our soothing hydro-surge bath and blow dry, to nail clipping and coat trimming, your pet will look and smell fabulous. Grooming available seven days a week, by appointment and walk in. A trusted Austin business for over 50 years.

Petco
(512) 892-7804
5601 Brodie Lane
Austin, TX
Description
A full service salon offering only the best. Our well trained and talented Groomers are dedicated to quality not quantity. We offer several different shampoos and conditioners customed to your Dogs coat and skin type. Nail trims and ear cleaning included. Open seven days a week for your convenience.

Carley's Pet Grooming
(512) 771-8756
1605 Cattle Cove
Austin, TX
Description
I am a certified pet groomer with more than two years experience. I groom out of my home, which means less stress for your pet! I do not use kennels, kennel dryers, or muzzles. Much more info, including pictures and prices, can be found on my website.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services

Happy Tails Cafe dog bakery & boutique
(512) 343-6238
3801 mia tia circle #d
austin, TX

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Groomingdale's of Austin
(512) 524-1484
1108 W. Koenig Lane
Austin, TX
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For a 'new experience in pet care, visit Groomingdale's of Austin.Cagefree, open concept salon in a relaxing atmosphere, complete with large, sunlight filled windows.Separate grooming area for cats. Owner-operator ,Tomay grooming in the greater Austin area for over 20 years establishing an excellent reputation for care and quality. Paige, specializing in scissoring both small and large breeds. Tuesday thru Sunday by appointment

Doggie Styles Spa
(512) 696-2164
2105 Justin Lane Suite 111
Austin, TX
Description
Dedicated to becoming Central Texas Finest K-9 Day Spa & Boutique. All dogs welcome! Please call for an appointment or request one on out website.

Pride & Groom Pet Salon
(512) 413-3835
8512 Croydon Loop
Austin, TX
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Comforts of my home. We offer full service grooming and boarding here at my home. Pet Taxi for pick up and delivery service. Vet tech exp. 20 yrs animal care exp. www.prideandgroompetsalon.com
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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, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

Posh Paws Dog Grooming
(512) 364-8268
Brodie Lane
Austin, TX
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I'm located in South Austin. I'm an active member of the National Dog Grooming Association. I'm in the process of becoming a Certified Master Groomer. I specialize in hand scissoring, drop coats, hand stripping and show grooming. I also love teaching owners and future groomers the art of grooming and proper coat maintenance.
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Offers Mobile/House Call Grooming, Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Daycare Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

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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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