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Northern Pet Salon, Inc.
(231) 582-9200
500 N. Lake Street
Boyne City, MI
Description
Full service dog and cat grooming salon. Our salon is an open environment where we listen to our clients wishes and provide the best service in a positive setting. Open Mon, Wed, Fri 8-5. Tues and Thurs. 12-8 and Saturday appointments available.

Waggs & Purrs Pet Care Ctr
(231) 439-9226
1911 N Us Highway 31
Petoskey, MI

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Enviro Pet
(231) 582-8746
5417 Camp Daggett Rd
Boyne City, MI

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Pupsy Daisy Pet Sitting
(248) 444-1251
Clarkston, MI
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Errand Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Platinum Pet Service
(734) 737-0363
Plymouth, MI
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Behavior Modification, Pooper Scooper Service, Dog Training, Grooming, Errand Service, Overnight Pet Boarding, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Paws and Claws Boarding and Bath
(231) 526-1336
4300 Five Mile Creek Rd.
Harbor Springs, MI
Description
We only have one groomer on site at this time, who is also the owner. So, we are accepting applications from groomers with atleast 5 years experience.

Professional Pet Svc
(231) 439-5668
1385 N US Hwy 31
Petoskey, MI

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Happy Tails Pet Sitting & Grooming, Inc.
(248) 981-4064
Sterling Heights, MI
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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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Grand Rapids Pet Taxi and Services
(616) 821-2510
Grand Rapids, MI
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Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Doggie Day Care, Behavior Modification, 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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A Best Friend's Buddy L.L.C.
(586) 783-7302
Harrison Township, MI
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Doggie Day Care, Errand Service, House Sitting, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Dog Training, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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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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