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Amy's Pampered Pooch Pet Salon & Spa
(989) 687-9663
1830 N. 8 Mile Rd.
Sanford, MI
Description
A full service dog grooming salon & day spa. We provide a quiet, calm, and relaxing atmosphere for your precious pet. Open 7 days a week by appointment only. Pick up & drop off service available for an additional fee.
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

Dirty Paws Pet Salon
(989) 894-2971
1507 Columbus Avenue
Bay City, MI
Description
We're all about dogs. We just can't get enough of them. Dirty Paws Pet Salon has skilled groomers that can teach your dog to love being groomed. We pride our selves on our ability to gain a dogs trust. That says alot about us. Come see for your self. We are all about dogs.

Zach's Dog Groomery & Bathhouse
(989) 839-9333
2710 N Saginow Rd
Midland, MI
 
A Good Hair Day Dog Grooming
(989) 832-5171
716 George St
Midland, MI
 
Howl A Day Resort
(989) 832-2595
1101 E Prairie Rd
Midland, MI
 
Looking Pretty Pet Grooming
(989) 695-1066
6785 Hospital Road
Freeland, MI
Description
Looking Pretty Pet Grooming, has been in service now over twenty years. Your pets are very important to us! We offer full grooming to both large and small animals. We are open Monday thur Sunday by appointments. With over twenty five years of experience. Always satisfaction garenteed.
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, Vet Referred

Suds N Scissors
(989) 631-4096
4609 Hampshire Ct
Midland, MI
 
Amy's Pampered Pooch Pet Salon & Spa
(989) 687-9663
823 Rosewood Blvd
Midland, MI
 
Marianne's Pet Salon
(989) 839-9470
2619 Ashman St
Midland, MI
 
M 20 Animal Hospital
(989) 631-7170
4808 Isabella Street
Midland, MI
 

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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MI Equine Law

Michigan

Under the Michigan equine activity liability act, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in an equine activity resulting from the inherent risk of the equine activity.  (Sign posting required.)