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Pet Priorities
(321) 289-1738
Merritt Island, FL
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Behavior Modification, Errand Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Dog Training, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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The Grooming Shop inc.
(321) 636-7453
The Grooming Shop At Peddlers Village
Rockledge, FL
Description
All breeds of dogs and cats are welcome Owner Operated 25 yrs experience organic and hypo allgenic shampoos and flea control. Holistic dog foods and treats full ine of dog supplies gift cards
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services

A Picture Perfect Pet
(321) 632-7273
Viera Village Shopping Center
Rockledge, FL
Description
Our owner and Groomer Vickie Delaney has over 20 years experience. She has been in business in the Brevard County area for 11 years and is veterinarian recommended. She loves what she does and strives to give the customer the safest and best grooming possible, without keeping your pet all day! Hours are Tues-Friday 8am-4pm Saturday 8am-1pm
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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

Clipper Cottage
(321) 253-1978
1581 Aurora RD
Melbourne, FL
Description
We are a newly renovated shop that offers full service grooming for all breeds. The dogs are allowed a crate free environment before and after groom. Fresh water, beds and toys are available for all dogs. We have a wonderful SPA line to enhance the grooming experience. Our shop also has two groomers that service cat grooming. We are open Tues- Sat from 7am- 6Pm and Sundays from 9 AM- 4PM.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Vet Referred

Maika'S All Pet Grooming
(321) 453-8000
126 E Merritt Island Cswy
Merritt Island, FL
 
Chance Encounters Pet Services
(321) 253-1533
Melbourne, FL
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Pet Massage, Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Doggie Day Care, Behavior Modification, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Canine Clips N' Snips
(321) 633-0703
1013 Rockledge Dr.
Rockledge, FL
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Hi! We offer quality dog grooming services at VERY affordable prices. For example, our nail trims are only $6.00! We are dedicated to customer satisfaction and will always try to make you, the pet owner, as happy as possible. Call to make an appointment, you will be glad that you did!!
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Haute Dawgs Salon & Spa
(321) 454-3004
251 McLeod Street
Merritt Island, FL
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Luxurious pet grooming in a clean, beautiful, quiet, calming spa environment. Certified organic shampoos; aromatherapy; nail polish
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Offers Mobile/House Call Grooming, Grooms most/all breeds of Dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Collins Animal Hospital
(321) 453-3992
590 S Plumosa St
Merritt Island, FL
 
Pampered Paws Mobile Grooming
(321) 449-9939
2335 Raintree Lake Cir
Merritt Island, FL
 
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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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