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Sudz n Cutz
(419) 337-6667
16489 County Road F
Wauseon, OH
Description
A full service salon serving all sizes of dogs and cats. Your pet will be given first class service. Call for an appointment.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services

Tiny Trims Small Animal Pet Grooming
(419) 877-5931
6630 Providence Street
Whitehouse, OH
Description
Pets must weigh less than 25 pounds. I groom fewer dogs per day, giving each and every pooch the individual attention that they deserve. My staggered appointment times mean a relaxed atmosphere with fewer dogs in the facility. This allows me to finish each pet from start to finish as they arrive so they no longer have to spend long hours waiting around in a cage Owner Jayne has 14 yrs experience.
Services
Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services

Best Friends Pet Grooming
(419) 784-3647
8757 N State Route 66
Defiance, OH

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Rebecca Fry Hopkins
(440) 829-3808
Berea, OH
Services
Pet Massage, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, House Sitting, Pooper Scooper Service, Behavior Modification, Errand Service, Dog Training, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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SouthPaw Pet Sitting
(330) 310-8001
Akron, OH
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Dog Training, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Hair Of The Dog
(419) 825-5510
223 N Main
Swanton, OH
Description
Professional one on one service for your beloved pet! 27 yrs experience. Supplements, toys, homemade treats, collars, leads, etc...member of NDGAA and Pet Sitters International. By appointment only. We now offer self service dog wash!
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Grooms most/all breeds of Dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

Kristi's Kanine Kuts
(419) 393-2229
23257 Watson Rd
Defiance, OH

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Yuppee Puppee & Co.
(216) 407-0117
Brecksville, OH
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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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Little Buddies Pet Care, Ltd.
(614) 203-5884
Grove City, OH
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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It's A Dog's Life Pet Daycare, LLC
(330) 350-0222
Medina, OH
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Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Behavior Modification, Doggie Day Care, Dog Training, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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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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