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Sit, Stay & Play! In-Home Pet Sitting, LLC
(970) 667-7866
Loveland, CO
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Doggie Day Care, Grooming, Errand Service, Overnight Pet Boarding, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Daily Dog Walks
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Lazy Dog Ranch home of Dapper Dog Salon
(970) 482-1103
4417 East Prospect
Fort Collins, CO
Description
We are a family operated, time tested establishment with a safety record that stands behind our original slogan of Loving and Individualized Care. Our groomers and our "care" staff are working together to ensure our clients feel like we are their pets' home away from home. Salon services may be scheduled by appointment or may be combined with boarding or daycare. Open 7 days a week.

Country Squire Pet Grooming
(970) 484-0149
3320 N. Shields St.
Fort Collins, CO
Description
We have a warm heart for cold noses! We are a full service pet resort (boarding) and grooming salon. Let us pamper your pet in a loving, safe, compassionate environment. Our groomer, Erin, was trained at one of the best schools in the nation. We are open for grooming Monday-Friday and boarding is available 365 days a year.

The Groomroom
(970) 587-4898
20059 Northmoor Dr.
Johnstown, CO
Description
Certified all breed Pet Groomer. 18 Years Scottish Terriers. Professional bath, brush, nails, glands. Each Dog hand dried. Friendly Service. Personal Service. Your pet will appreciate your kindness, returning your investment in love and affection, health and well-being!
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Pet Pickup and Delivery

Animal House Pets & Grooming
(970) 224-3647
1104 W Vine Dr
Fort Collins, CO
 
Dapper Dog Salon
(970) 482-1103
4417 East Prospect
Fort Collins, CO
Description
The Dapper Dog Salon is our salon here at The Lazy Dog Ranch. We have a very experienced staff and a full service salon menu. Salon services can be booked alone or in conjunction with a stay at the ranch. We are a family run business and have been under the same ownership since inception. Just east of Fort Collins CO we have a beautiful place conveniently located 1/4 mile off of I-25.

Andelt's Pet Grooming
(970) 224-2908
Andelt's Pet Grooming
Fort Collins, CO
Description
Andelt's Pet Grooming is owned by Susan Andelt, a National Certified Master Groomer. Expert, GENTLE grooming for all breeds of dogs and cats. Over 25 years experience. For the discriminating pet owner that appreciates quality! Open Tuesday-Friday. Located next to RNR Supply, East of Ft Collins Nursery.

Spa 4 Paws
(970) 484-7297
328 S. Link Ln.
Fort Collins, CO
Description
Come Pamper your pet with a day at the spa. Spa treatments for dogs and cats. We offer aromatherapy, wellness massage and Spa treatments for your pets needs. We have 15 years experience, and look forward to spoiling your pet soon. We are open Tues-Sat. Mention this and recieve 10% off.

Shear Heaven Pet Grooming
(970) 667-9286
2538 Kittredge Dr
Fort Collins, CO
 
Raintree Animal Hospital
(970) 482-1987
2335 S Shields St
Fort Collins, CO
 
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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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