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The Pooch Granny Pet Sitting & Grooming
(228) 216-6900
Diamondhead, MS
Services
Pet Massage, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Doggie Day Care, House Sitting, Dog Training, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Waggin Tails
(228) 234-7648
738 Ole River Rd.
Biloxi, MS
Description
We meet all of your pet grooming needs!

Alice's Ruff Cuts
228-374-RUFF(7833)
1052-A Howard Ave.
Biloxi, MS
Description
Opening JULY 2008 Owner/Groomer Alice Curtis has been in the pet care industry for 19 years. The new salon is located on Howard Ave. in Downtown Biloxi. I look forward to serving my regular cutomers as well as new furbabies. I specialize in small to medium breed dogs. Let me pamper your pet!!

Janie'S Dog Grooming
(228) 832-9605
Highway 49 N
Gulfport, MS
 
PetSmart
(228) 539-9722
15134 CROSSROADS PARKWAY
GULFPORT, MS

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Whispering Pines Doggie Dude Ranch
(228) 831-3566
11119 Allen Rd.
Gulfport, MS
Description
National Certified Master Groomer, NDGAA,Wanda Dewberry with 33 years professional grooming experience, will groom your pet to your to your wishes! With many grooming awards from groooming competiion, a grooming judge & trade show producer.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Tailwaggers Grooming and Gifts
(228) 354-0603
Tailwaggers Grooming and Gifts
Diberville, MS
Description
Tailwaggers offers expert grooming with personalized care. We use only gentle touch grooming with few or no restraints. We also carry several full lines of designer collars, Pet Spa products, Airline approved pet carriers and Gourmet cookies. Come by today and meet out caring staff. Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 8:00-6:00

Ej'S Grooming
(228) 863-6578
3104 Hewes Ave
Gulfport, MS
 
Penny'S Pampered Pets
(228) 868-7130
15179 Mellenger St
Gulfport, MS
 
Bubbles & Bow
(228) 832-0848
15174 Dedeaux Rd
Gulfport, MS

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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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