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The Kitty's Corner/Feline Aficionada
(781) 447-5489
Whitman, MA
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming
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Dedicated To Dogs
(508) 946-4333
134 Precinct Street
Middleboro, MA
Take your dog to a FRIEND! Dedicated To Dogs provides home-styled grooming, daycare & boarding. When your dog is here, they are treated like family!
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services

Melody's Pet Grooming
(508) 985-9855
74 Main St
Acushnet, MA
Melody's Pet Grooming is family owned and operated. We have over 25 years of grooming experience. Melody's offers there services to all breeds of dogs and cats.Our services include basic grooming, dematting, and flea treatments as well.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Livestock Grooming services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

Plymouth Animal Hospital
(508) 746-4232
100 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA
Nautical Dog Grooming Salon
(508) 746-9091
75 College Pond Rd
Plymouth, MA
From Puddles to Cuddles Dog Grooming
(617) 605-4037
66 Fuller St.
Halifax, MA
I am self owned and operated and have over 30 year experiance. All and any breed welcome.Day, Night & Weekend grooming by appointment. Your furry kid will be treated with care and compassion as well as a great smelling makeover.specializing in labadoodles of all sizes. In order to keep customer cost down. I have currently relocated my shop to 66 fuller st. Halifax, Ma
Offers Mobile/House Call Grooming, All Breed Dog Grooming, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Vet Referred

Pooch Paws
(781) 792-0484
1212 Hanover St
Hanover, MA
Cheryl Purcell is a Nationally Certified Master Groomer and a member of Groom Team USA. Also severs on the Board of NEPGP (New England Pet Grooming Professionals), and is the 2005 Groom Team Liaison. Her expertise and commitment for the field was combined with Massasoit Community College to develop a state of the art pet grooming certificate program. Come see the difference that our experience makes.
Offers Mobile/House Call Grooming, Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Livestock Grooming services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Retail Pet Products Available

Cosmopawliton Pet Grooming
(508) 525-9111
358 Middle Road
Acushnet, MA
We offer a wide variety of grooming services with flexible hours
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

North Plymouth Animal Hospital
(508) 747-3200
345 Court St
Plymouth, MA
(508) 746-2077
88 Shops At 5 Way
Plymouth, MA
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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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MA Equine Law


Under Massachusetts law, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to, or death of, a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to section 2D of chapter 128 of the General Laws.  (Sign posting required.)