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

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Pet Motel and Salon
(434) 295-3679
1187 5th St. SW
Charlottesville, VA
Description
A full service boarding and grooming facility. We were established in October of 1975 and in September of 1997 moved into our current facility which provides the ultimate in boarding and grooming. Feel free to stop by and inspect our facility - tours are always welcome!
Services
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

Pantops Pet Salon & Spa
(434) 293-2424
504 Pantops Shopping Center
Charlottesville, VA
Description
Charlottesville's Professional Dog Grooming. A full-service salon and spa specializing in canine clips, bathing, and therapeutic treatments. We understand the importance of your pet. It is our goal to provide a pleasant spa experience for your pet and to deliver a professional bath and haircut for you.
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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, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Animal Connection LLC
(434) 296-7048
1701 Allied St
Charlottesville, VA
 
Dogg House
(434) 975-3647
2101 Berkmar Dr
Charlottesville, VA
 
Pampered Pets
(434) 293-7387
601 Concord Ave
Charlottesville, VA
Description
Our grooming team headed by Bianca Woodson is committed to provide a pampering environment catering to all of your dog and cat grooming needs. Grooming appointments available Monday through Friday and bathing appoints are available Monday through Saturday. We start at 7:30 and would like all pets in by 10 AM.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Vet Referred

Pet Salon and Spa
(434) 293-2424
504 Pantops Shopping Center
Charlottesville, VA
Description
Welcome! We are a full service salon and spa specializing in canine clips, bathing, and therapeutic treatments. We understand the importance of your pet so it is our goal to provide the most pleasent spa experience for you both! We believe that your satisfaction determines the health and stability of our business. Please visit our website for information, directions, and pictures! M-F 8-5
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Livestock Grooming services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

The Canine Clipper
(434) 978-4602
5120 Burnley Station Rd.
Gordonsville, VA
Description
Offering professional grooming, home style boarding and doggie daycare. Over 30 years combined grooming experience. Providing a trusting, caring relationship with your pet that lasts a lifetime is our goal.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Daycare Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Animal Hospital of Ivy Square
(434) 658-0967
2125 Ivy Road Suite #2
Charlottesville, VA
 
Pet Motel & Salon
(434) 295-3679
1187 5th St Sw
Charlottesville, VA
 
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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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