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Skagit Pet Nanny
(360) 770-1453
Mount Vernon, WA
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Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Errand Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Bathing Beauties Mobile Pet Salon
(360) 387-7627
1903 elhardt st
Camano Island, WA

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Pampered Pets and Grooming
(360) 424-7101
2201 Contintental Place
Mount Vernon, WA
Description
Pampered Pets and Grooming is a full service grooming salon for dogs and cats. We provide an extra loving touch and treat every pet that comes in the door like our own! Let us Pamper your Pet for you!

Pampered Pets & Grooming
(360) 757-3270
9570 Old Highway 99 North Rd
Burlington, WA

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Dog Style Grooming & Bath Hse
(360) 652-4199
6302 Happy Hollow Rd
Stanwood, WA

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The Cats Meow
(360) 679-3378
Oak Harbor, WA
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming
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Pet Sitters International

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Lickety Clips Grooming
(360) 424-2036
2130 E. Parkway Dr.
Mount Vernon, WA
Description
Owned and operated by Nancy Thomas Certified groomer, catering to all of your pets grooming needs. Graduate of Mission Ridge Pet Styling Academy. Providing an in home friendly comfortable grooming experience. We groom your pet how you want it groomed. Easy access off of Riverside Dr. Great discounts for seniors, veterans, military and multi pet families. Vet recommended, Member of the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

The Caravan Dog Grooming
(360) 682-5210
1419 North View Rd
Oak Harbor, WA
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Affordable grooming, in a family-like setting. Grooming by Rebecca Brown, who has a Pet Grooming diploma - offers a friendly approach to grooming. She knows every dog is different, and caters to their special needs, taking the time to get the job done right. Big or small, she grooms them all! Offering great prices and pick up and drop off. Can also groom at your home, if needed!
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services

Pawash
(360) 293-2194
2720 Commercial Ave
Anacortes, WA

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Heads To Tails Pet Grooming
(360) 240-1314
41 NE Midway Blvd Ste 101
Oak Harbor, WA

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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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