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The kAm Companies
(251) 233-7608
137 N Wren Lane
Robertsdale, AL
Description
A full service salon offering your dog a home-like, anxiety free grooming enviroment. Our groomers are all pet owners themselves, and are grooming school graduates with all breed certification. We limit our services to DOGS only. Our groomers have over 30 years combined experience. Open 7 days a week, with evening appointments available. We offer pick-up and delivery service on Saturday and Sunday.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Vet Referred

South Paws Pet Spa
(251) 928-0750
6 S Bancroft St
Fairhope, AL

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PetSmart
(251) 625-4025
10200 EASTERN SHORE BLVD
SPANISH FORT, AL

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Copeland'S Pet Motel & Grooming Inc
(251) 661-5021
4457 Halls Mill Rd
Mobile, AL
 
Bella's Doggie Boutique
(251) 490-6587
9851 Highland Ave
Theodore, AL

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Debbie Duncan
(251) 540-8544
526 Retreat Lane
Gulf Shores, AL
Description
Private grooming service for less stress to your pet. Spa services available.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services

Dog Daze
(251) 928-8064
357 Morphy Ave
Fairhope, AL

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Lola Bell'S Pet Grooming Llc
(251) 232-4754
9 S Florida St
Mobile, AL
 
Dana & Friends Pet Grooming
(251) 243-7222
1426-B West I-65 Service Rd South
Mobile, AL
 
Jenny's Pets
(256) 682-1424
Huntsville, AL
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Doggie Day Care, House Sitting, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, 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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AL Equine Law

Alabama

Under Alabama Law, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury or death of a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to the Equine Activities Liability Protection Act. (Sign posting required.)