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Dog Haven, LLC
(509) 276-2565
6297 Sundown Rd.
Newman Lake, WA
Description
A full service salon, boarding kennel, and training facility offering personal, interactive care with each dog that comes through our door. Please tell us how to make your dog feel at home. We do full grooms, bath/brushouts, pawdicures (nail trims), and in-between trim ups. We are happy to offer advice for at home care of your dog, just call with your questions!

R Dog Grooming
(208) 687-6565
13785 W Highway 53 Ste 1
Rathdrum, ID

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PetSmart
(509) 927-9223
15615 E BROADWAY AVENUE
SPOKANE VALLEY, WA

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Snootys Pet Salon
(509) 921-5612
520 S Pines Rd
Spokane, WA
 
Club Doggie Mobile Grooming Salon
(208) 344-SUDS
967 E. Parkcenter Blvd. # 313
Boise, ID

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Country Canine
(208) 687-4304
11125 N Bruss Rd
Rathdrum, ID
Description
Country Canine offers a low volume, home based atmosphere, combined with state of the art grooming equipment, to reduce stress without sacrificing quality. Professional groomer and owner, Kelley Lewis, is committed to giving your dog a healthy grooming experience by using only the finest holistic products available. By appointment only.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Spokane Valley Animal Hospital & Health Center
(509) 926-1062
14306 E Sprague
Spokane, WA
 
Debbie's Dog Grooming
(509) 315-3898
E 9418 First
Spokane, WA
 
Clean Cuts
(509) 927-0698
3409 S Fox Ct
Spokane Valley, WA

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Wizard of Paws Pet Salon
(208) 336-6604
1111 E. Boise Ave
Boise, ID
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The Wizard of Paws Pet Salon is a full service grooming salon. We offer a low stress environment where each furry client is well cared for and pampered. We strive to make each grooming experience enjoyable for both human and furry clients. Owner/groomer Andrea has over 14 years of professional grooming experience and is pet CPR/first aid certified. For more information please visit our web site or give us a call. Open Tues - Sat by appointment only.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

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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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