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Bow Wow Kitty
(804) 308-0873
Richmond, VA
Services
Pet Massage, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Pet Transportation, Behavior Modification, Pooper Scooper Service, Dog Training, Grooming, Errand Service, Overnight Pet Boarding, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Pups'n Sudz?
804-730-SUDZ (7839)
7999 Creighton Pkwy
Mechanicsville, VA
Description
Pups n Sudzis a do it yourself dog wash in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Grooming is available by appointment.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Petite Pet Inn and Spa
(804) 622-1556
3010 Hilliard Rd.
Richmond, VA
Description
Petite Pet Inn and Spa specializes in grooming dogs 25 lbs or 13" and under. We are a full service salon that also offers boarding and daycare in a luxurious setting. Caryl Gardner is an excellent groomer with a reputation of gentle and tender care for those difficult to groom tiny ones.
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 Sitting Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Heavenly Clips
(804) 798-7805
12100 Washington Hwy.
Ashland, VA
Description
Heavenly Clips is a full service grooming salon dedicated to providing professional pet grooming for cats and dogs. We want to make your pet's grooming experience as enjoyable as possible. Every pet feels better after a soothing bath and stylish clip or trim. Pet photography is also available at the time of your pet's grooming. Call today to schedule an appointment!
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

Ridge Dog Shop, Inc.
(804) 288-0605
1505 Parham Road
Richmond, VA
Description
Pamper your four-legged friends with a trip to Ridge Dog Shop. We offer professional grooming and bathing services for dogs of all sizes, breeds and temperaments. We carry supplies and apparel too! Come see us Today!
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Vet Referred

Premiere Petsitting
(757) 253-2880
Richmond, VA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Errand Service, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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PETS at PLAY
(804) 343-7387
320 North 25th Street
Richmond, VA
Description
We are a full service grooming salon. We also offer day care and boarding. Let your dog play all day and get groomed before going home.
Services
Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Sophisticuts Pet Salon
(804) 576-7853
10207 Staples Mill Road
Glen Allen, VA
Description
Sandra is an Award Winning Certified Master Groomer, winning Best All Around Groomer-2004-2005, a Silver Medal at Intergroom-2006, and many other placements in shows across the east coast. She grooms a limited amount of pets per day so each dog receives all the attention and affection they deserve. Experience the difference between assembly line grooming, and one on one pet styling.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Cats Only Grooming
(804) 368-7017
12335 Ashcake road
Ashland, VA
Description
Cats Only grooming, all breeds with over 20 years experience grooming and exhibiting cats. Licenced veterinary technician
Services
Cat Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Ridge Dog Shop Inc.
(804) 289-0605
1505 Parham Road
Richmond, VA
Description
Pamper your four-legged friends with a trip to Ridge Dog Shop today. We offer professional grooming and bathing services for dogs of all sizes, breeds and temperaments. We carry supplies and apparel too! Come in today!
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

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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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