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Doggie Styles
(205) 917-3718
195 West Valley Avenue STE 124
Birmingham, AL
Description
Years of experience. Poodles to pit-bulls, maltese to mastiffs. In Homewood, Alabama. Shop hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 8am to 6pm. We also sell pet products.

Polly's pet parlor, LLC
(205) 838-2368
315 Gadsden Highway
Birmingham, AL
Description
Polly's is a full service grooming salon dedicated to making your pet look and feel their best! Melissa Nichols, groomer and owner has over 13 years experience. Open Tuesday - Friday. By appointment only.
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, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Paw Perfect Grooming
(205) 620-9606
3122 Highway 52 West
Pelham, AL
Description
Full Service Salon offering Day Care and Special needs. Debbie is a Grooming School graduate and has been in the Buisness for over 20 years.We are commited to your dogs well being and never use any type of Sedation. We pride ourselfs in treating your Pet as if it were our own. We are opened Tue - Fri from 700am-600pm and Sat 800am- 300pm by Appointments
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

Fox Valley Dog Grooming
(205) 358-8263
6683 Hwy 17
Maylene, AL
Description
"Quality not quantity!" We pride ourselves in a quality job and pleasant experience for your dog. With over 25 years experience owner, Rhonda Peel, is a groomer with your dogs best interest at heart! We are open tues-sat and have morning and evening appointments.Give us a call today. We have a spot reserved for your best friend!
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Head To Tail Animal Care
(205) 279-3800
5505 1st Ave N
Birmingham, AL
 
The Grooming Shoppe
(205) 786-3664
3160 Mulga Loop Road
Birmingham, AL
Description
A full service salon offering dog grooming by a skilled professional. Your dog will be given first class service, which includes nails trimmed, then bathed and then properly groomed to your satisfaction. We specialize in small breed grooming only at this time. Open Thursday - Monday
Services
Special Care Appointments

A-1 K-9 Design
(205) 445-4459
1125 Westridge Circle
Birmingham, AL
Description
Our groomer and owner, Rhonda Hardin, is a committed pet lover who endeavors to provide a friendly and enjoyable environment catering to all of your dog grooming needs. She is a grooming school graduate and will make every effort to ensure your pet enjoys the grooming procedure. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Open Monday-Saturday.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services

Clippentales
(205) 368-1084
205 Oak Street
Trussville, AL
Description
"Clippentales" now open for business in Trussville, Alabama. "Clippentales" is a full service grooming salon. We use only the best grooming supplies the market has to offer. Groomer has over seven years experience in the pet industry and graduated top of her grooming class in 2006. Veterinary referred business. Will pick up and deliver for Free within 20 mile radius. By appointment only please call 205-368-1084.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Vet Referred

Nall-Daniels Animal Hospital
(205) 879-3409
2829 Central Ave
Birmingham, AL
 
Creative Pet Grooming
(205) 970-0411
3810 River Run Dr
Birmingham, AL
 

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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