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Assurance Petsitting by Jessica
(601) 270-8361
Sumrall, MS
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Affinity Retreat
(601) 336-7425
4403 West 4TH Street Suite A-B
Hattiesburg, MS
Description
A full service dog spa. Specializing in unique styles, colors, and paw moisturizing. We have daycare, boarding, pet training, and photography, and soon to open, The DogHouse Hotel, with themed rooms, and webcams. Arrangements can be made for special needs pets.

Preppy Pet
(601) 450-2462
5296 Old Highway 11 # 6a
Hattiesburg, MS

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Pet Palace
(601) 261-1122
Univ Mall
Hattiesburg, MS
 
PetSmart
(601) 261-0715
6143 HIGHWAY 98 STE 50
HATTIESBURG, MS

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Aunt Linda's Diva Dog and Cat Grooming
(601) 268-6999
5296 Old Highway 11
Hattiesburg, MS
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Simply the Best! Aunt Linda/Owner is a Certified Master Groomer with over 20 years experience and a member of the National Dog Groomers Association & National Cat Groomers Institute of America. We can do specialty clips, breed Standard Grooming and Show Grooming, Spa Treatments, Color and Tinting and more. We would love to have you and your furry family member visit and become a member of our family!

The Preppy Pet
(601) 579-9700
5296 Old Hwy 11 Suite 6-A
Hattiesburg, MS
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Aggies Pet Salon Inc
(601) 271-9080
297 Sandy Run Rd
Hattiesburg, MS
 
Donna's Pet Grooming Service
(601) 261-0973
1907 Broadway Dr
Hattiesburg, MS
 
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(601) 268-6999
5296 Old Highway 11 Suite 6-A
Hattiesburg, 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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MS Equine Law

Mississippi

Under Mississippi law, an equine activity or equine sponsor 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 this chapter. (Sign posting required.)