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Pupsi Daisy Grooming Salon
(308) 675-0439
614 N Eddy St
Grand Island, NE
Pupsi Daisy has very skilled professional groomers who focus on quality grooming, outstanding customer service, and enjoy helping educate pet parents.

Ann'S Pet Salon
(308) 384-4679
1311 Geddes St
Grand Island, NE
Vet Care
(308) 382-9036
1016 N Diers Ave
Grand Island, NE
Pet Spot
(308) 398-0554
1004 N Diers Ave
Grand Island, NE

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The Dapper Dog
(308) 872-2132
224 South 7th Ave.
Broken Bow, NE
Your pet's comfort is top priority at our professional grooming and boarding facility. Loving care and attention to detail are given at every step of the grooming process, from the initial bath to the final trim. Appointments available Monday through Friday.

Island Pet Resort
(308) 384-4679
1311 Geddes St
Grand Island, NE
Groomingdales Pet Spa
(308) 381-9950
2418 N Webb Rd
Grand Island, NE
Sundance Feed & Seed
(308) 382-4950
2124 Lawrence Ln
Grand Island, NE
SFI Marketing
5945 Cornhusker Hwy
Lincoln, NE
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K9 Kutz
(308) 946-2356
North Hwy 14
Central City, NE
Serving rural Nebraska pets and their owners! Special introductory services for the puppies' first visit. Judy will take care of your pet like they were her own. Open Monday thru Friday. Clipped, bathed, scissored and hugged, your pet is sure to appreciate our kind attention to detail. Pickup and Delivery services available.

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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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NE Equine Law


Under Nebraska Law, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities pursuant to sections 25-21,249 to 25-21,253.  (Sign posting is required.)