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Classic Clips Dog Grooming andThings
(256) 766-6888
871 Florence Blvd.
Florence, AL
Description
Classic Clips-specialize in grooming small to medium size dogs under 35 lbs to AKC Breed Standards,& offer Hand Stripping for Terriers and we also groom Airedales and Standard Poodles. By Appointment Only Tues-Thursday 7:30 -5:30 Give us a try, Your Dog will love us and You'll know why! Owner, Terri Curry, is an ISCC Certified Dermatech Specialist,& stays up to date on the latest developments in Dog Grooming, to better serve you.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Debbie's Tidy Dog Grooming Salon
(256) 766-6360
2401 Huntsville Rd
Florence, AL

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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
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Claws & Paws
(205) 330-9918
2801 Lurleen B Wallace Blvd
Northport, AL
Description
Pet grooming and pet boarding service covering Northport and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Vet Referred

Model Pets Resort & Spa
(706) 518-6988
3016 Veterans Memorial Parkway
Lanett, AL
Description
We are a full service salon and spa for both dogs and cats...we also offer hotel service for 24 hour care while your away, and we have a pet boutique onsite for all your pet care needs
Services
Special Care Appointments , Pet Sitting Services, Vet Referred

Dog House Grooming Salon
(256) 766-2112
1209 N Wood Ave
Florence, AL

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Big Dog Grooming
(256) 386-7630
501 S Montgomery Ave Ste C
Sheffield, AL

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Pawsitively Purrfect Grooming Salon & Pet Spa
(334) 524-3309
605 US Hwy 29 N
Valley, AL
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 nails and dewclaw trimming, bath with the appropriate shampoo for your particular dogs coat .Spa speciality packages are available as well as toothbrushing. We specialize in giving your pet a perfect pampering experience;they won't want to leave. Open Monday-Saturday.
Services
Offers Mobile/House Call Grooming, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

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

Fox Valley Dog Grooming
(205) 358-8263
6683 Hwy 17
Maylene, AL
Description
"Quality not quantity!" We pride ourselves in a quality job and pleasant experience for your dog. With over 25 years experience owner, Rhonda Peel, is a groomer with your dogs best interest at heart! We are open tues-sat and have morning and evening appointments.Give us a call today. We have a spot reserved for your best friend!
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

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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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