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Sandy Nolan
(253) 254-9333
Gig Harbor, WA
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, House Sitting, Pooper Scooper Service, Grooming, Overnight Pet Boarding, Doggie Day Care, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Spoiled Rotten Pet Sitting LLC
(253) 381-1736
Burley, WA
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Elite Pet Care
(480) 620-9790
Seattle, WA
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Greyt Grooming Mobile Pet Care
(253) 804-9460
412 U Street SE
Auburn, WA

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Paw Spa for Dogs
206-878-DOGS (3647)
22309 7th Ave S Suite 1E
Seattle, WA
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Paw Spa for Dogs is an exclusive dog boutique and full service dog salon located near the marina in downtown Des Moines. We love dogs and strive to ensure that all our clients enjoy a stress free groom in a clean and loving environment.Call today to schedule an appointment and see why every dog wants to be a Paw Spa dog!!

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(206) 518-7148
Seattle, WA
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(253) 278-4168
Tacoma, WA
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(206) 767-6882
Seattle, WA
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(877) 814-7497
227 Bellevue Way NE #122
Bellevue, WA

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101 Bark Avenue Dog Grooming
(206) 249-8888
4622 S. 288th PL
Auburn, WA
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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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