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Wonder Pups
(850) 398-3250
4861 Kensington Ln
Crestview, FL
Description
Wonder Pups offers many unique services gears towards your pet's comfort and happiness. We know your pet is special and only take a limited number of grooms a day to guarentee the most relaxing and stress free grooming experience possible. We promise you and your precious pet a positively wonderful experience each and every visit!
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Show Grooming Services

Zoom Groom Mobile Pet Spa
(850) 398-6802
1328 N. Ferdon Blvd. Ste 224
Crestview, FL
Hours
Tue-Sat 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After hours appointments available. Closed Sunday, Monday, major holi

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Four Paws Pet Salons
(850) 678-7297
100 S John Sims Pkwy
Valparaiso, FL

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Taj Mahpaw Pet Sitting
(863) 513-4521
Davenport, FL
Services
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Errand Service, Dog Training, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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RubyRed's Pet Sitting & Services
(352) 383-3599
Mount Dora, FL
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Errand Service, House Sitting, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Four Paws Pet Salon
(850) 678-7297
100 S. John Sims Parkway
Valparaiso, FL
Description
A full service salon and kennel offering dog grooming and boarding services by skilled professionals. Your dog will be given first class service, which includes nail trimming,ear cleaning and plucking, then bathed with the appropriate shampoo for your particular dogs coat and anal gland expression. We specialize in small breed and large breed grooming and offer pickup and delivery services of your pet. Open Monday-Saturday.

Pet Laundry
(850) 689-2002
128 John King Rd Ste 12
Crestview, FL

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C & P Pet Sitting Services
(954) 483-3560
hialeah, FL
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Pet Transportation, Grooming, Overnight Pet Boarding, Doggie Day Care, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Feathers
(863) 221-6082
Lakeland, FL
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Errand Service, House Sitting, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Dogs Gone Wild, LLC
(772) 781-7123
Palm City, FL
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Pet Transportation, Behavior Modification, Errand Service, Dog Training, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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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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