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Premiere Petsitting
(757) 253-2880
Richmond, VA
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Errand Service, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Saty N' Play Pet Care
(804) 379-9700
730 Research Road
Richmond, VA
Description
Ashley Shaffer is a 2005 graduate of Canine Clippers School of Pet Grooming in Dumfries, VA, is Nationaly Certified through the NDGAA and operates and co-owns with her mother a Daycare/Boarding/Grooming/Training facility in Richmond, VA.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

PETS at PLAY
(804) 343-7387
320 North 25th Street
Richmond, VA
Description
We are a full service grooming salon. We also offer day care and boarding. Let your dog play all day and get groomed before going home.
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Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Posh Pets Grooming Boutique
(804) 744-7674
4918 E. Millridge Pkwy
Midlothian, VA
Description
Voted "Best Dog Groomer" by Richmond Magazine! We are a state-of-the-art grooming spa that pampers your pooch in every way. We offer custom pet furniture, gorgeous collars and leads, stylish fashions, fresh baked treats & the BEST toys in town. Our level of customer service and because our pups ALWAYS come first is why we are voted the "Best" time and time again.
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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, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Vet Referred

Wagging Tails Pet Salon
(804) 526-9344
601 Blvd Ste B
Colonial Heights, VA

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Bow Wow Kitty
(804) 308-0873
Richmond, VA
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Pet Massage, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Pet Transportation, Behavior Modification, Pooper Scooper Service, Dog Training, Grooming, Errand Service, Overnight Pet Boarding, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Huguenot Pet Grooming
(804) 267-5653
2005 D Huguenot Rd
Richmond, VA
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Over 30 years of personal and professional experience in pet hygiene services for both cats and dogs in the Richmond, VA area! We are proud to support our local shelters. Visit us and see what makes us "A Step Above" the ordinary in full service pet grooming!
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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, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services

Lyne Animal Hospitals
(804) 745-2323
3530 Courthouse Road
Richmond, VA
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We are a full-service veterinary hospital offering grooming, boarding & daycare as well as medical, dental and surgical. Open Monday - Saturday
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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, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

PetSmart
(804) 520-0801
42 SOUTHGATE SQUARE
COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA

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Lucky Dog Pet Spaw
(804) 706-1472
10336 Iron Bridge Rd
Chester, 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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