Horse Twitches Gardner MA

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T.L.C. Pet Salon
(978) 632-1644
313 Pleasant St.
Gardner, MA
T.L.C. Pet Salon is owned/operated by Christine Dwyer. With an Associates Degree in Canine Science from Newbury Jr. College and over 20 years experience, we provide full service grooming for dogs in a clean spacious environment. Bring your dog in for some tender loving care where noone cares more for your pet than us- except you. Open by appointment only, Tues.-Sat.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Livestock Grooming services, Vet Referred

Professional Grooming by Donna
(978) 400-8664
147 John Fitch Highway
Fitchburg, MA
With over 15 years experience, Donna is now the exclusive groomer at Preppy Pet Suites Boarding Daycare and Spa. All breeds welcome. Professional clipping and scissoring. No cage drying. Spa shampoos, nail clipping and buffing, teeth brushing.

Canine Cuts LLC
(978) 270-3113
391 Harvard Street
Leominster, MA
We are dedicated to help your family pet be as comfortable and stress free as possible. We offer the highest standard of care, cleanliness, and modern grooming skills to ensure your four legged friend has an enjoyable visit. Grooming is by appointment only. Urgent appointments available - who wants to wait for a de-skunking! Open Monday-Saturday. Call or book online.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Paradise Pet Spa Inc
(978) 422-0200
29 Legate Hill Rd
Sterling, MA
Lisa and Jamie have 18 yrs combined experience. We groom all breeds and all sizes of dogs. We gently hand dry all our dogs. Our goal is for your dog to have a positve and enjoyable grooming. We specialize in older dogs with anxiety and dogs with skin problems.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Daycare Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

The Snooty Pooch Pet Spa
(603) 209-5099
229 Monadnock St.
Troy, NH
Our groomers have years of experience grooming all breeds of cats and dogs. Clean and calm atmosphere. Now offering pickups and dropoffs in our local area. Open Monday-Saturday anytime you need.
Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services

Sirius Services
(978) 632-4265
P.O. Box 437
Westminster, MA
Sirius Services is pleased to offer professional grooming, boarding and training services in a quiet home environment. Semi-private appointments are available with most dogs being completed in under three hours. Evening and weekend appointments are available.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Donna's Doggie Day Spa
(978) 342-1540
147 John Fitch Highway
Fitchburg, MA
Donna's Doggie Day Spa is located within a boarding and doggie daycare facility. A full service specialty spa featuring cage free fluff drying, specialized skin care, mixed breed hair styling and elderly and handicapped dog grooming.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Rachel's Pooch Palace
(508) 886-6660
17 Ware Road
Rutland, MA
Where pets are treated like Royalty! Professional Groomer and Owner, Rachel Dolan is a graduate of The Massachusetts School Of Pet Grooming and specializes in the individual needs of your pooch. Her goal is to provide professional and personal service to ensure a positive grooming experience for your precious pet. Services are offered by appointment only.

The House of Paws
(978) 544-8769
29 Second St.
Orange, MA
The owner, Cathy, is caring, patient, and knowledgable when working with your pet. She has been actively involved in pet care since 1994 including over seven years at an award winning animal hospital. She has over 10 years experience as a pet stylist and has achieved many certifications in various aspects of canine health and sports. She offers both cat and dog grooming by appointment only in a low stress environment.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Sittin Pretty Pet Parlor
(978) 827-6599
2 S Pleasant St
Ashburnham, MA

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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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MA Equine Law


Under Massachusetts law, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to, or death of, a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to section 2D of chapter 128 of the General Laws.  (Sign posting required.)