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Grand Rapids Pet Taxi and Services
(616) 821-2510
Grand Rapids, MI
Services
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Doggie Day Care, Behavior Modification, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Pet Styles by Rosann
(616) 363-5560
4735 Sundial Drive NE
Grand Rapids, MI
Description
Compassionate, caring grooming in my home. Specialties include AKC and pet trims, senior and puppy handling. First class service includes nail trims, ear cleaning, then bathed in a special tear-less facial cleanser and appropriate all-natural, biodegradeable shampoo for your particular dog's coat. All products used are made in the USA. Call for an appointment.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Vanity Fur LLC
(616) 862-0314
2099 Jamestown Dr. SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Description
Owner and Groomer, Laura Dahnke, is a Paragon graduate with 10+ years experience grooming dogs. Dedicated to providing your pet the best experience possible. All dogs are groomed by appointment which means your pet doesn't spend time waiting in cages and most are in and out within an hour. Grooming includes bath, blow-dry, cut, ear plucking/cleaning, and nail trim.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Paragon School of Pet Grooming
(616) 667-7297
110 Chicago Drive
Jenison, MI
Description
The Paragon School is quickly becoming recognized around the country as being a premier training facility for Professional Pet Styling. You and your pet benefit from our progressive training philosophy, exceptional instruction and a group of students and instructors who absolutely love animals. At Paragon, we belive in producing high quality grooms that you and your pet will love. We hope that you will agree!

Karie Kirby, CMG
(616) 895-6726
8534 Warner
Allendale, MI
Description
Newly opened in Allendale! Home-based grooming done by Karie Kirby, Certified Master Groomer. Graduate of The Paragon School of Pet Grooming with 12 years of experience. My home offers a calm, quiet setting for your pet to be groomed, and with low dog numbers, every dog receives individualized attention!
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services

Lakeshore Petsitters + Camp Canine LLC
(616) 850-0500
Rockford, MI
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Pet Transportation, Behavior Modification, Doggie Day Care, Dog Training, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Pooches Dog Wash
(616) 301-3647
2763A 44th ST SW
Wyoming, MI
Description
Pooches Dog Wash is a premier pet grooming salon in Grand Rapids. We offer the best prices and customer service around. We also offer pick up and drop off service. Self service tubs are also available.
Services
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 Daycare Services, Vet Referred

Camp Bow Wow Grand Rapids Dog Grooming
(616) 977-9247
4150 40th Street
Grand Rapids, MI
Description
Camp Bow Wow Grand Rapids offers full service grooming as well as doggy daycare and overnight boarding.

AAA Pet Grooming, LLC
(616) 887-7060
480 E. Division
Sparta, MI
Description
AAA Pet Grooming is a full service pet salon. Our staff is fully trained. We offer most standard grooming services including; anal gland checks, nail trimming, hair cuts, and shampooing just to name a few.

Northeast Cat and Dog Hospital
(616) 451-2694
1527 Michigan St Ne
Wyoming, MI
 
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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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