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Cats Meow Pet Sitting, LLC
(904) 716-7740
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Errand Service, House Sitting, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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A Dog's Domain Inc
(904) 620-9868
3809 Southside Blvd
Jacksonville, FL
A Dog's Domain Inc is the only pet spa in Jacksonville Florida that offers full service and do it yourself pet washing. Yvonne is the only Nationally Certified Master Groomer in Duval County. Please visit our website for more information.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Show Grooming Services

Precious Pet Grooming Salon
(904) 683-0187
12041 Beach Blvd.Suite 1
Jacksonville, FL
Laura groomer and owner is a professional certified all breeds dog & cat groomer that graduated from pedigree career institute. Laura has been in business for 18 years providing quality and first class service to your pets. We only use the best products on the market for your pets.here to serve you Monday-Saturday.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services

Barks-A-Lot Inc
(904) 298-2944
868 Blanding Blvd
Orange Park, FL
We are a full service salon staffed by friendly, patient, and caring professionals. We pride ourselves on our ability to get most pets in and out in 4 hours or less. We also offer the pet parents a chance to stay and watch the entire process with their pets (with advanced notice). We are open Tuesday thru Saturday by appointment only. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please call.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Vet Referred

Fish Factory Pets Supplies & Grooming
(904) 394-0559
5800 Ramona Blvd
Jacksonville, FL
Guard Dog Pet Wash Inc
(904) 379-8641
9810 Baymeadows Rd, Suite 11
Jacksonville, FL

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All Pro Grooming
(904) 292-3844
9766 Old St Augustine Rd #7
Jacksonville, FL
A full service, all breed, pet grooming salon. We offer skin care and coat treatment to all breeds.Specialize in poodles, Bichons, S. C. Wheaten Terriers, and all the the fluffy "poodle-doodle" mixes. We work by appointment to accomodate the customers needs and convienence, but will accept walk-ins if availiabity exsists. Also offering pick up/ delivery, boarding and Obedience/Behavior Modification training in group or private classes.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments

A Beautiful Pet
(904) 853-6076
2777 Mayport Rd
Atlantic Beach, FL
A full service salon offering pet grooming by qualified professionals. We offer the best pet care in the Beaches, Wonderwood, Arlington and Mayport areas. Military/Senior discounts.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Lakewood Animal Clinic
(904) 733-4447
6052 San Jose Blvd
Jacksonville, FL
Paws & Claws
(904) 387-1112
937 Edgewood Ave S
Jacksonville, FL

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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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