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Best Friends Pooch Parlor
270-782-DOGS (3647)
5966 Scottsville Road Suite 1
Bowling Green, KY
Description
Grooming your Best Friend for 29 years featuring Hydrosurge bathing massage systems. New state of the art equipment. Specializing in hand scissoring.Complete Spaw packages. Aromatherapy shampoos and conditioners, for the most relaxing experience.Your pet deserves a spaw day too! Grooming by Cheri.Member of the International Society of Canine Cosmotologist.

Adella Pet Salon
(270) 282-6096
622 State Street
Bowling Green, KY
Description
Adella Pet Salon is a full service pet grooming and pampering destination! Treat your pet to all natural aromatherapy products and the skilled hands of our stylist. Call today for an appointment!

Petco
(270) 746-0320
1680 Campbell Ln
Bowling Green, KY
 
Best Friends Grooming Salon
(270) 782-3647
5966 Scottsville Rd
Bowling Green, KY
 
A Cut Above Pet Salon
(270) 782-9117
914 Searcy Way
Bowling Green, KY
 
Magic's Pet Salon
(270) 846-3944
1043 Pedigo Way
Bowling Green, KY
Description
Magic's offers a clean and quiet salon atmosphere. All dogs are handled personally by Lisa, owner and groomer, and her husband. We love dogs and it shows! Sedatives never used. Call today to schedule an appointment. Open Tuesday thru Saturday. * Special service - we complete most dogs in several hours! We do not require that dogs be left all day.

Groomingdale'S Salon & Day Spa
(270) 842-4717
2480 Richpond Rd
Bowling Green, KY
 
Animal Hospital
(270) 781-5606
1777 Campbell Ln
Bowling Green, KY
 
Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center
(270) 781-5041
6000 Scottsville Rd
Bowling Green, KY
 
Tlc Grooming
(270) 846-4006
1260 Us 31w Byp
Bowling Green, KY

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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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Under Kentucky law, a farm animal activity sponsor, farm animal professional, or other person does not have the duty to eliminate all risks of injury to the participation in farm animal activities.  There are inherent risks of injury that you voluntarily accept if you participate in farm animal activities.  (Sign posting required.)