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Bark Avenue Dog Grooming
(724) 865-9203
110 Muldoon Road
Butler, PA
Description
I am a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Pet Grooming and have been grooming in my home since 1999. I enjoy giving each pet my undivided attention and strive to keep each one healthy and happy, while giving them STYLE.
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Grooms most/all breeds of Dogs, Special Care Appointments

Hair of The Dog
(724) 935-3152
Hair of the Dog
Mars, PA
Description
Judy Fox, groomer and owner provides professional grooming and services at reasonable prices. Judy grooms by appointment only and has some eveining appointments available. All dogs receive special, individual attention with a quiet atmosphere and natural products.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments

Groom N Tails Dog Salon
(412) 613-7129
3972 Auld Avenue Ext
Allison Park, PA
Description
Personalized & profesional dog grooming services provided. Complete grooming, Bath only, de shedding, nail trimming, and more.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services

Perdy Pooches Pet Parlor
(724) 445-1138
837 Seven Hills Rd
Chicora, PA

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PetSmart
(724) 274-3782
1015 VILLAGE CENTER DR
TARENTUM, PA

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Bark Avenue
(724) 865-2258
110 Muldoon Road
Butler, PA
Description
I am a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Pet Grooming and have been grooming in my home since 1999. I enjoy giving each pet my undivided attention and strive to keep each one healthy and happy, while giving them STYLE.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments

Fluff & Stuff
(724) 265-5134
13 Spring Lane
Tarentum, PA
Description
We are a full service salon and kennel offering dog,cat,ect. Daycare, grooming and dog boarding by skilled professionals.We beleive in teaching & bonding to earn thier love.We have day,evening & weekend hours. Shower for large & old dogs.Large window in office for you to see us at work. 3 groomers= 3 styles.West Deer area, on Red Belt,10 min.form 28, 15 min. from route 8. Bring them hungry we have treats.Pick up & Delivery also

Country Critters Pet Grooming
(412) 614-6100
1329 Sunset Dr
Butler, PA

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Abbott's Dog Grooming
(724) 295-4403
997 Lyn Rd
Sarver, PA

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At Your Service Mobile Pet Grooming
(215) 369-5269
15 Canal Street
Yardley, PA
 
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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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