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Abingdon Pet Grooming
(276) 676-3282
223 Preston St.
Abingdon, VA
Description
Abingdon Pet Grooming works to achieve the highest industry standards in the care and grooming of pets. Our mission is to groom every pet in the most humane way possible so each one is comfortable and safe while being groomed. We also work with the pet owner to achieve the most desired style for the pet and it's owner. This may be to enhance the breed standards or to customize an individual style for the pet.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Kut & Fluff Pet Grooming
(276) 669-4430
16078 Lee Hwy
Bristol, VA

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Cherry Point Animal Hospital
(423) 279-9996
101 Island Rd
Kingsport, TN
 
Church Hill Pet Hospital
(423) 378-4443
3407 Memorial Blvd
Kingsport, TN
 
Precious Paws Pet Grooming
(423) 542-3846
1216 Bristol Hwy
Elizabethton, TN

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Professional Pet Grooming
(276) 628-9213
469 Palmer Street
Abingdon, VA
Description
Groomer and owner, Joan Hall, demonstrates her patience, kindness and love to all pets. With 11 years of grooming experience Joan has mastered the positive art of the pets visit to the grooming salon. The shop has an atmosphere ofhome away from homegiving the dogs a feeling of comfort. Professional Pet Grooming, located in Abingdon, VA, is a full service salon.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Vet Referred

Professional Pet Grooming
(276) 628-9213
789 W Main St Ste 2
Abingdon, VA

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Best Friends
(423) 245-3199
3405 Memorial Blvd
Kingsport, TN
 
Hair Of The Dog
(423) 543-5743
1780 W Elk Ave
Elizabethton, TN

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Housecalls For Cats
(434) 589-4383
Palmyra, VA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Alternating Lights/Curtains, House Sitting, Grooming
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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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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