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Pet Works of Maine
(207) 514-7624
New Gloucester, ME
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Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Doggie Day Care, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming
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Pet Sitters International

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A+ Pet Grooming Academy
(207) 657-3399
49 Maine Street
New Gloucester, ME

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Cerenau Grooming & Spa Svc
(207) 784-5930
321 Ferry Rd
Lewiston, ME

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Pet Works of Maine
(207) 514-7624
New Gloucester, ME
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Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Doggie Day Care, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming
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Pet Sitters International

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All Breed Dog& Cat Grooming
(207) 772-1462
71 LONGWOOD DR
Portland, ME

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Happy Paws @ Unleashed Modern Pet Care Solutions
(207) 725-7990
Topsham, ME
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Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Pet Transportation, Behavior Modification, Doggie Day Care, Dog Training, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Aussie-Magic Kennel
(207) 524-3835
23 Austin Road
Leeds, ME
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Full service salon offering all-breed bathing (flea/deskunk/medicated/whitening/etc), clipping, scissoring and hand-stripping, nail cutting, ear cleaning for pet or show purposes. Very knowledgeable, caring groomer attends dog shows on the side. No drugs are used. Owners are welcome to stay during grooming or may drop their dogs off for a time of rest. Open Saturdays for your convenience.
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Offers Mobile/House Call Grooming, All Breed Dog Grooming, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Vet Referred

Happy Paws @ Unleashed Modern Pet Care Solutions
(207) 725-7990
Topsham, ME
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Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Pet Transportation, Behavior Modification, Doggie Day Care, Dog Training, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Meadowfly Freedom
(207) 991-3647
Winterport, ME
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Behavior Modification, Errand Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Dog Training, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Green Dog Co Doggie Styles
(207) 475-4669
RT 1
York, ME

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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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