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All Pets Animal Clinic
(319) 351-7387
301 Kirkwood Ave
Iowa City, IA
 
Pet Grooming By George
(319) 887-7169
3030 Northgate Dr
Iowa City, IA
 
Groom Station
(319) 643-5099
117 W Main St
West Branch, IA

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Pampered Pets
(319) 266-4946
Cedar Falls, IA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, House Sitting, Pooper Scooper Service, Behavior Modification, Dog Training, Doggie Day Care, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Urban Hound Dubuque Iowa
(563) 583-5434
1870 Asbury Rd.
Dubuque, IA
Description
A full service pet wash. All furry friends are welcome. Offering walk-in self serve and appointment grooming. All pets are hand dried and given individual care. No cages used. Open Tuesday-Sunday.

Pawsltively Pets
(319) 338-0291
400 Kirkwood Ave
Iowa City, IA

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Petco
(319) 337-9973
2515 Corridor Way Ste 3
Iowa City, IA
 
Petsitting Plus
(319) 235-9020
Waterloo, IA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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WildHair Grooming
(712) 470-2659
1933 340th Street
Rock Valley, IA
Description
Full service pet grooming for all dogs, large or small. Member of Iowa State Professional Dog Groomers Assoc. Open Monday-Friday, with Saturday and evening appointments available.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Bettendorf Veterinary Hospital
(563) 332-8387
3510 Belmont Road
Bettendorf, IA
Description
Professional Groomer with over 9 years experience. Caring and gentle pet and show grooms for cats and dogs. We offer nail trims, gland expression, ear cleaning, bath, hand blow dry, and customized trim included in each haircut. Add-on services like nail filing and hair coloring are available as well. Open Monday-Saturday.

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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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IA Equine Law

Iowa

Under Iowa Law, a domesticated animal professional is not liable for damages suffered by, an injury to, or the death of a participant resulting from the inherent risks of domesticated animal activities, pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 673.  You are assuming the inherent risks of participating in this domesticated animal activity.