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Island Paws Pet Sitting, Insured, Bonded, Pet CPR Certified
(843) 452-3729
Isle of Palms, SC
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Errand Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Yuppie Puppy Pet Salon LLC
(843) 884-7666
732 S Shelmore Blvd
Mount Pleasant, SC
Description
The company purchase Sherri Soules Pet Salon and retained Sherri as its head groomer. Sherri is committed to providing your dog with the finest of grooming services with over 23 years of experience. Located in Shelmore Village, we are open Monday-Friday 7:30AM-4:40PM. Please visit our web site for more information and specials.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Vet Referred

Kitties & Puppies Pet Salon & Spa
(843) 766-7106
1954 Ashley River Rd
Charleston, SC
 
Carolina Grooming
(843) 556-1604
1046 Wappoo Rd
Charleston, SC

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Carolina Grooming
(843) 556-1604
1046 Wappoo Rd
Charleston, SC
 
PawPurri For Pets Boutique Day Care & Salon
(843) 795-5779
1120 Folly Road
Charleston, SC
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A full service salon, daycare and upscale boutique offering dog grooming & dog daycare services. We also provide dog & cat toys, clothes, leashes/collars, gifts & more. Your dog will be given first class service, which includes nail trimming, and bathed with the appropriate shampoo. We specialize in dog grooming and offer pickup & delivery of your pet. Open Monday - Saturday for retail, daycare and grooming. Please call for an appointment. We cater to your schedule.
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Offers Mobile/House Call Grooming, Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Low Country Pet Salon
(843) 573-0047
1757 Savannah Hwy Ste E
Charleston, SC
 
PetSmart
(843) 573-9220
2076 SAM RITTENBERG BLVD
CHARLESTON, SC

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Coats & Tails Pet Grooming
(843) 763-6120
57 1/2 Windermere Blvd
Charleston, SC

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Custom Grooming
(843) 795-1053
327 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC
 
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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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SC Equine Law

South Carolina

Under South Carolina law, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in an equine activity resulting from an inherent risk of equine activity, pursuant to Article 7, Chapter 9 of Title 47, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976.  (Sign posting is required.)