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Critter Capers
(540) 242-4712
Stafford, VA
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Waggin Tails Mobile Dog Wash
(703) 628-0177
6804 Bambi Court
Fredericksburg, VA
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We come to you! Waggin Tails is a full bathing facility for your dogs. No more stress for them or you. We give your dog one on one attention. Waggin Tails will bathe, clip nails, clean eyes & ears and basic cutting of your dog. Open 7 days a week! Call for an appointment that is convenient for you & your Dog! Waggin Tails serves Fredericksburg & surrounding areas.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services

Paws n Claws Pet Grooming
(540) 419-9043
6 Little Field Drive
Fredericksburg, VA
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Owner and groomer Kim Lockwood has had 15 years experience as a Veterinary technician. In 2006 she graduated from Groomadog Academy. She studied under Master Groomer Kathy Saunders. Kim limits appointments to ensure that every dog gets the attention they deserve. All dogs can be groomed to breed standard or custom cut to your wishes.Open Monday-Friday from 7am-6pm.
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PetSmart
(540) 785-9851
1421 CARL D SILVER PKWY
FREDERICKSBURG, VA

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Lauries Pet Grooming
(703) 441-0222
3869 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Stafford, VA
 
All Fur Pet Grooming LLC
(540) 786-5566
5024 Plank Rd
Fredericksburg, VA
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Jocelyns Pawsitively Purrfect Pet Grooming
(540) 371-2800
36 Debruen Lane
Fredericksburg, VA
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Posh Paws, LLC.
540-729-PAWS (7297)
36080 Goodwin Dr Suite F
Locust Grove, VA
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Aquia-Garrisonville Animal Hospital
(540) 659-8140
878 Garrisonville Rd
Stafford, VA
 
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(540) 659-3811
3454 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Stafford, VA
 
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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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