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All Critter Care, LLC
(314) 631-6738
Saint Louis, MO
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Behavior Modification, Pet Transportation, Dog Training, Doggie Day Care, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Services 4 U
(618) 719-6353
215 W. Virginia St.
Columbia, IL
Description
We do pet grooming in your home or ours. We do both utility grooming and specialty grooming. Please refer to the website for more details.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Retail Pet Products Available

All Breeds Pet Grooming and Boarding
(618) 566-8311
750 S. Jefferson (South route 4)
Mascoutah, IL
Description
A full service groomer,and home style,personal care boarding. The very best care for your pet.

Ali's Pali's South County Pet Salon
(314) 487-0055
3543 Ritz Center
Saint Louis, MO
Description
We offer all breed dog grooming and cat grooming, no tranquilizing, hours of operation Tues-Sat 9:30-5pm.

Central Bark K-9 Designs
(618) 451-2820
3669 Nameiko Rd
Granite City, IL
Description
Central Bark is Granite City's Premier Grooming salon, offering full service grooming for Dogs and Cats. Open 7 day a week, early drop off at 8am. Training and Puppy Day Care is avail. Each service receives free teethbrushing and mouth freshener. We pride ourselves on a clean and calm environment, all services done by Cert. Master Groomers

The Doggie Stylist at Bellson
618-281-DOGS (3647)
1400 Columbia Centre
Columbia, IL
Description
Groomer/Operator Barb Calhoun is pursuing her love of dogs in her second career. In 2007 she gave up the corporate world to enter grooming school at the renowned Petropolis in Chesterfield, MO. Her customers, both canine and human, enjoy her loving approach to grooming as much as she does. Open Tue-Sat 9-5, every other Sat 9-1.

Four Muddy Paw
(314) 773-7297
2000 Geyer Ave
Saint Louis, MO
Description
Crystal is an all-breed pet stylist and has been grooming for over 14 yrs. She specializes in hand scissoring, terriers, puppies, senior pets and cats. Please visit our site for photos of her work. We are also a Healthy Pet Market, dog bakery and boutique with a wide variety of holistics. Come in and check out our Self-Service area as well.

City Pet Supply
(314) 436-9581
City Pet Supply
Saint Louis, MO
Description
Competitively priced, come in and compare! Serving all downtown and area pet owners. We offer online shopping, same day delivery to area residents, a pet-friendly store, gourmet pet treats, self-service animal washes, pet sitting, dog walking, dog training, and professional grooming services.

Affton Grooming Salon
(314) 638-4491
5241 Weber Rd.
Saint Louis, MO
Description
Professional dog grooming and self service dog wash. We use all natural products. We groom all dog breeds but specialize in poodles and hand scissoring.

Delmar Doggie Design
(314) 454-WOOF
5860 Delmar Ste.104
Saint Louis, MO
Description
Delmar Doggie Design is a professional,loving,and experienced salon grooming cats,rats,dogs,ferrets,guinea pigs and rabbits. We specialize in hand stripping,"misunderstood pets", and serious scissor skills. Christina has been in the animal field for 25 years, and has been professionally grooming for 15 years. Delmar Doggie Design is "Setting THE Standard" in pet cosmetology!! By appointment only.

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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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IL Equine Law

Illinois

Under the Equine Activity Liability Act, each participant who engages in an equine activity expressly assumes the risks of engaging in and legal responsibility for injury, loss, or damage to person or property resulting from the risk of equine activities.  (Sign posting required.)