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Fancy Paws Dog Grooming & Supplies
(615) 206-0214
685 B Nashville Pike
Gallatin, TN
Description
Owner Susan Thompson, is a commited pet lover who endeavors to provide a friendly and enjoyable environment for your dog's grooming and pampering. A full service salon. Your dog will be given first class service, which includes the best shampoo and conditioner for your dog's coat. Open Monday-Saturday, with Wednesday off.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Doggie Day Spa at Riddleton
(615) 735-9614
67 Riddleton Circle
Riddleton, TN
Description
Jessica Kemp, the owner and groomer, is a committed pet lover who endeavors to provide a friendly and enjoyable environment catering to all of your dogs grooming needs. She ihas more then 15 years experience and will make every effort to ensure your pet enjoys the grooming procedure. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Open Monday-Saturday.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Livestock Grooming services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

PetSmart
(615) 773-2175
401 SOUTH MT JULIET RD
MT JULIET, TN

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Petco
(615) 826-2028
1014 Glenbrook Way
Hendersonville, TN
 
Lakewood Dog Grooming
(615) 847-5513
407 30th St
Old Hickory, TN

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Abby's Bed & Biskit
(615) 822-7373
1039 Lavern Circle
Hendersonville, TN
Description
We offer excellent professional grooms and baths for all breeds. 15 years experience combined! Gentle handling! Cats Welcome too! Appointments available Monday - Sat. Please see our website for details on our great boarding and daycare services! Pick up and drop off available. Nutro Foods served & sold here!
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Vet Referred

Classy Clips Pet Salon
(615) 355-5642
1213 Hazelwood Drive
Smyrna, TN
Description
Full service dog grooming of all dogs. Except for dogs 100 pounds or more. Skilled professional groomers. Baths, styling, nails, toothbrushing, conditioning treatments, hand scissoring. Call us...your pet would!
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Vet Referred

PetSmart
(615) 883-2726
4642 LEBANON PIKE
HERMITAGE, TN

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Animal Clinic
(615) 824-0580
580 W Main St
Hendersonville, TN
 
Grooming By Dawn
(615) 824-4333
114 Shivel Dr Ste C
Hendersonville, TN

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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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TN Equine Law

Tennessee

Under Tennessee Law, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to or death of a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, title 44, chapter 20.  (Sign posting is required.)