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Brady's Pet Services
(717) 805-5569
Camp Hill, PA
Services
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Errand Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, House Sitting, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Angie's Animal and Pet Sitting Service
(717) 383-1062
Lebanon, PA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Errand Service, House Sitting, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Fresh Petz Grooming
(717) 918-1297
Raspberry Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA
Description
Grooming services available in my Mechanicsburg home. Calm, clean environment where your pet will receive the care they deserve without the stress of other dogs and cages. Fair prices and flexible hours, including weekends! I also offer pet sitting!
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services

Tail Chasers Grooming
(717) 259-7024
503 West King Street
East Berlin, PA
Description
A complete full service grooming shop with a General Store feel. A complete line of products for your pet as well. Over 16 years experience, hours by appointment.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services

PetSmart
(717) 795-2449
5900 Carlisle Pike
MECHANICSBURG, PA

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Lebanon Valley Pet Sitting
(717) 274-8609
Lebanon, PA
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Alternating Lights/Curtains, House Sitting, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Angie's Bark Avenue
(717) 766-7400
4912 Louise Dr.
Mechanicsburg, PA
Description
Angie's Bark Avenue opened July 17,2006. We special in all breed dog/cat grooming. Already having 16 years experience in managing a shop and grooming pets you know your best friend will feel quite comfortable in our care. Come see our clean, calm and friendly atmosphere.
Services
Special Care Appointments , Pet Pickup and Delivery, Vet Referred

Best FURends Grooming
(717) 412-8470
106 Rife Street
Middletown, PA
Description
Complete grooming care for your dog or cat with over 10 years experience.Yor pet gets a lot of love and one on one time while they are in my care.A hometown grooming salon where you and your pet will enjoy being treated like one of my own.
Services
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

Waggoners Gap Pet Grooming
(717) 805-7972
4968 Waggoners Gap Rd.
Landisburg, PA
Description
Rachel Kennedy, groomer and owner, offers one on one personal attention to your pet in a quiet relaxing environment. Natural products used, modern equipment and training, flea and tick control, and deshedding. Evening appointments available. Open Monday-Friday.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Groomingdale's
(717) 730-9890
49 S 8TH St
Lemoyne, 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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