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Happy Paws Pet Care Services
(815) 347-1666
Joliet, IL
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The Dog Wash, Inc.
(815) 467-5544
524 W. Mondamin St
Minooka, IL
Full service pet grooming & self service dog wash. $13 Self Service Baths & $5 Nail Trims. 15yrs experience. Once you come to us you will wonder why you went anywhere else. Your pet will look clean, smell clean, and feel clean. We do not do production grooming. It is one on one with your pet to elimate the stress for your pet. Self service prices include shampoo, towels, & dryers. We also groom cats.

Beauty Bone
(815) 726-4176
409 Allen Street
Joliet, IL
Grooming done in my home by appointment only. Also provides pick up/drop off service. Call Donna at 815-726-4176
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services

Gail the Groomer
(630) 956-2245
328 Bertram Drive
Yorkville, IL
Professional, certified, compassionate stress free grooming in my home salon located in Yorkville, IL.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

All Fur Dogs
(815) 741-4346
2183 Marmion Ave
Joliet, IL

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(815) 634-8664
690 S. Broadway
Coal City, IL
Coal City's full service dog and cat grooming. Insured, Certified, Member of N.D.G.A.A., Pet-CPR, and Gentle hands technique. Clean safe environment. Top of the line products and equipment. Dawn Carter is a kill shelter rescue worker and foster parent. She volunteer's her time assisting scouts in earning pet care badges. Discounts offered for seniors and military service members. Puppy/Grooming training and discounts for pups 3-9 Mo. Open strictly by appointment, days, nights, and Saturdays.

Diva Dogs Pet Salon
(815) 795-3372
600 Gumm Ave.
Marseilles, IL
I am a mulitple award winning stylist with nearly 20 years experience. I am a member of GroomTeam USA and was ranked among the top 10 stylists in the USA in 2006. I am pet CPR certified and a scissoring specialist. I work by appointment only, one-on-one with your pet. There are no barking dogs or other stressful distractions that come with a high volume shop.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

(815) 729-1160
406 Moen Ave # 1
Joliet, IL
We are a full service grooming salon. Self serve wash available. Quiet & clean environment. Large or small, We love them all! Monday to Saturday by appt. Walk ins welcome.

Tailwaggers Dog Grooming
(815) 941-2503
107 W Illinois Ave
Morris, IL

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(815) 729-1160
406 Moen Ave Ste 1
Rockdale, IL

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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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