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Debbie's K-9 Grooming
(559) 783-9930
91 W. Laurel
Porterville, CA
A full service salon and kennel offering dog and cat grooming and boarding services by a skilled professional. Your pet will be given first class service, which includes nails and dewclaw trimming,anal glands expressed, ears cleaned, then bathed with the finest shampoo for your particular dogs coat followed by a conditioner. We specialize in all breed's, dog's and cat's . Open Monday - Saturday.

Crystal's grooming Salon
(559) 687-0187
W. Tlare Ave.
Tulare, CA
Full service grooming for dogs and cats. 10 years experience. Large and small, good and difficult. Gentle experienced groomer.

Cathy's Paws & Claws Pet Grooming
(559) 782-9018
47 W Vine Ave
Porterville, CA
Fazzone's Pet Boutique
(559) 793-2808
93 N Main St
Porterville, CA
Pats Grooming Service
(559) 686-5409
23480 Road 140
Tulare, CA
Tinas Tangled Tails
(559) 791-1588
87 W Laurel Ave
Porterville, CA
We offer a full service pet grooming salon. We provide specialty clips per your request. We offer pick up and delivery. The health and saftey of your pet is our number one concern. That is why number of appointments are limited daily. We take our time and treat all our pets as if they were our own. Evening and weekend appointments are available. All pets get a bathroom-excersize break water and a treat. Open Monday-Saturday. CAH Certified

Plush Puppy Dog Grooming
(559) 781-1234
603 W Olive Ave
Porterville, CA
Rosie's Dog House & Pet Groom
(559) 783-2096
1516 Pamela Ct
Porterville, CA

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(559) 592-1280
422 Rocky Hill Dr
Exeter, CA

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236 E King Ave
Tulare, CA
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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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