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Pet Care Pros
(615) 750-2183
Brentwood, TN
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Doggie Day Care, House Sitting, Dog Training, 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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Pet Care Specialists, LLC
(615) 771-4097
3600 Mallory Lane
Franklin, TN
Description
Full service pet bathing and grooming performed by professional groomers in a state of the art facility. Conveniently located inside the Cool Springs Wal-Mart in Franklin, TN. Open 7 days a week.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Classy Clips Pet Salon
(615) 355-5642
1213 Hazelwood Drive
Smyrna, TN
Description
Full service dog grooming of all dogs. Except for dogs 100 pounds or more. Skilled professional groomers. Baths, styling, nails, toothbrushing, conditioning treatments, hand scissoring. Call us...your pet would!
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Vet Referred

Brentwood Grooming & Pet Supl
(615) 377-3047
5009 Harpeth Dr
Brentwood, TN

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PetSmart
(615) 371-8890
8105 MOORES LANE
BRENTWOOD, TN

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Pet Care Specialists
(615) 771-4097
3600 Mallory Lane
Franklin, TN
Description
Pet Care Specialists is a full service, veterinarian recommended grooming salon. Our compassionate groomers are graduates of state licensed grooming acadamies and possess many years of experience. We are open 7 days per week.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Pampered Pets
(615) 889-1500
149 Barker Rd.
Nashville, TN
Description
Pampered Pets offers boarding and professional grooming. Our current groomer has been with us since April 2005. She came to us from a veterinary facility in Birmingham, AL, where she groomed for 5 years, as well as served as a veterinary technician. Our facility offers the utmost in hygeine and saftey pet care procedures, as well as pick-up and delivery services.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Celeste's Pet Spa and Boutique
(615) 865-0099
1160 Gallatin Pike S Suite 119
Madison, TN
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I have over 24 years show/pet grooming experience. We are a full service pet spa and boutique with wonderful gifts for pets and pet lovers. We also carry Solid Gold pet food and high end spa products for your pets.
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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, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Vet Referred

Earl Hees Dog Salon
(615) 370-5622
1710 General George Patton Dr
Brentwood, TN

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McKays Mill Animal Hospital
(615) 599-3783
2090 Oxford Gln
Franklin, TN
 
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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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TN Equine Law

Tennessee

Under Tennessee Law, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to or death of a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, title 44, chapter 20.  (Sign posting is required.)