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Faithful Friends Pet Sitting Service, Inc.
(412) 330-0050
Glenshaw, PA
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Pooper Scooper Service, Dog Training, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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King of Pet Care, LLC
(412) 726-8876
Pittsburgh, PA
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Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Behavior Modification, Pet Transportation, Dog Training, Doggie Day Care, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Carrie's Home Safe Pet Sitting Service
(724) 225-9962
Trafford, PA
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Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Behavior Modification, Doggie Day Care, Errand Service, Dog Training, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Furry Tail's Pet grooming and Photographs
(412) 596-5419
125 Spring Grove Rd
Pittsburgh, PA
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13 years experience. All dog breeds welcome. Pick up and delivery available.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

Grand Slam Grooming, Inc.
(412) 221-5081
2100 Bower Hill Rd
Pittsburgh, PA
Description
Owned and operated by DeAnne & Otto Orive, Grand Slam Grooming is a brand new state of the art grooming salon, located in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. DeAnne, an IPG Certified Master Groomer offers grooming services for all dog & cat breeds. We are open Monday Saturday Offering early morning drop offs for our customers convenience. Please call for an appointment.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Pet Sitters Plus
(412) 628-7677
Pittsburgh, PA
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Pet Massage, 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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Pampered Petcare
(412) 249-8160
Carnegie, PA
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Pet Massage, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Behavior Modification, Errand Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Dog Training, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pinky's Pet Parlour
(412) 682-1050
4510 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
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Pittsburgh's NEW trendy pet parlour located in Bloomfield. We offer 1 Hour Bath Service, flea treatments, Dog walking, pet birthdays and weddings, and our fresh made dog treats in our barkery! Call us or email.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Livestock Grooming services

Paws-Itively Pets
(412) 371-7297
1124 South Braddock Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Description
We are a full service canine and feline grooming salon located in the heart of Regent Square. Large dogs are welcome. Marge and Sue are graduates of an accredited grooming school. Open Tuesday through Saturday by appointment.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Show Grooming Services

Groom N Tails Dog Salon
(412) 613-7129
3972 Auld Avenue Ext
Allison Park, PA
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Personalized & profesional dog grooming services provided. Complete grooming, Bath only, de shedding, nail trimming, and more.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services

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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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