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Jane's Pet Sitting Services
(630) 347-9916
Downers Grove, IL
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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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Linda Kroman
(630) 272-7717
Streamwood, IL
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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At Your Bark and Call, Inc.
(708) 274-3789
Mobile Pet Styling
Orland Park, IL

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Bella's Family Dog Grooming & Boutique, Inc.
(630) 739-5388
765 E. Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL
Description
We are a family owned and operated dog/cat grooming salon. We have (3) certified groomers to groom your (4) legged friend to your specifications. We use all natural shampoos and hand blow dry all dogs/cats. Each pet also goes home with toys and treats after each grooming. We are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please call to make your appointment in advance.

Dirty Dog Pet Grooming
(630) 771-1287
321 Veterans Parkway
Bolingbrook, IL
Description
Certified Master Groomers, award winning pet stylists. Veterinarian recommended. Grooming to breed standard specializing in scissoring and hand stripping.

Alternative Pet Services Plus
(630) 947-6213
Glen Ellyn, IL
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Grooming, Doggie Day Care, Overnight Pet Boarding, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Happy Paws Pet Care Services
(815) 347-1666
Joliet, IL
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, House Sitting, Behavior Modification, Pooper Scooper Service, Dog Training, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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House of Paws & Claws Pet Styling, Inc.
(630) 969-7387
151 W. Ogden Ave.
Westmont, IL
Description
A full service salon providing complete professional grooming of all breeds of dogs and cats. Plently of TLC. Vet recommended. CPR certified of animals. High quality shampoos and conditioners used. Special services available such as nail caps, furminator, coat re-conditioning and more. Conveniently located at the light of Ogden and Washington in Westmont, SE corner, attached to Martial Arts.

Critter Cleaners Inc.
(630) 257-8391
1243 S. State St.
Lemont, IL
Description
2 self service stations. Full service salon. 25 years experience. All competitor coupons accepted. Call for appointment.

Randi's Natural Dog Grooming
(630) 254-5237
307 S. Main Street
Lombard, IL
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Randi's Natural Dog Grooming specializes in hand scissoring and approaches grooming sessions from a holistic point of view. All grooming is by appointment only to avoid needless stress. We are open Tuesday through Saturday and are available by phone, email or text for questions or appointments. Randi is a certified groomer and Pet CPR certified.

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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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IL Equine Law

Illinois

Under the Equine Activity Liability Act, each participant who engages in an equine activity expressly assumes the risks of engaging in and legal responsibility for injury, loss, or damage to person or property resulting from the risk of equine activities.  (Sign posting required.)