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Bubbles and Biscuits dog and cat grooming salon
(570) 675-4943
227 North Main Street
Shavertown, PA
Professional master dog and cat Groomer, Christine specializes in clipper and scissor cutting. Bubbles and Biscuits is a peaceful soothing atmosphere and very clean. Pets are handled with compassion and care. Weekly & monthly specials, evening appointment by request. Open Monday thru Saturday. See you there!!!
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services

Groomingdale's Doggie Salon
(570) 575-4408
921 Drinker Turnpike Suite#8
Moscow, PA
We Put The WOW in Bow Wow! "Stress-Less" De-Shedding. One Pooch At-A-Time Scheduling.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Livestock Grooming services, Vet Referred

Rachel Ann's Pet Spa -n- Boutique
(570) 640-8009
Route 940 Pocono Park Plaza
Pocono Lake, PA
Our exceptional, one-stop, pet spa, pet bakery and boutique offers a wide array of quality grooming services for dogs and cats, in a modern and trendy setting in the Pocono's. Your pets comfort along with your satisfaction is our main purpose and essential goal every visit.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Daycare Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

(570) 820-5973
3480 Wilkes Barre Township Cmns
Wilkes Barre, PA
(570) 825-8423

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Exeter Dog World
(570) 655-1580
1031 Wyoming Ave
Pittston, PA
A full service salon offering dog and cat grooming.We do all breeds and types of dogs36 years in business.
Special Care Appointments

Springbrook Kennels
(570) 842-4502
Swartz Valley Road
Moscow, PA
A total pet care center where we treat your pets like our own. A full service professional salon and boarding kennel offering dog and cat grooming and boarding services. Members of ABKA and National Dog Groomers Association. We groom to AKC standards or desire of pet owner. Special needs welcome. Open Monday-Saturday.
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, Vet Referred

Bark Avenue
(570) 331-2223
531 Northampton St
Kingston, PA

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Animal Buddies
(570) 823-5211
7 N Walnut St
Wilkes Barre, PA
K-9 Korner Inc
(570) 829-8142
734 Wilkes Barre Twp Blvd
Wilkes Barre, PA
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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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