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Pawsitive Touch Grooming
(704) 473-4048
786 Bell Rd.
Kings Mountain, NC
Description
14 years of professional Training. Special shampoos for variety of skin types Special hours for your schedule Your pet will surely get the treatment and love he or she deserves.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Show Grooming Services

Cooke Kevin
(704) 739-4172
304 E King St
Kings Mountain, NC

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Home Place Dog Grooming
(704) 864-4171
562 Archie Whitesides Rd
Gastonia, NC

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Klassy K-9 & Kitty Kuts
(828) 247-8838
113 Martin St
Bostic, NC

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Hound About Town, LLC
(828) 553-9910
Pisgah Forest, NC
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Dogtails grooming
(704) 473-4727
Dogtails Grooming
Kings Mountain, NC
Description
Home based professional grooming located in a shop building on my property. Welcoming all breeds large and small. Quality grooming with the up most care for you companion. Full grooming services include Bath, blow out, Blueberry facial, glands expressed (if possible) tooth brushing, de-shedding, clipper work, scissoring, sanitary work, nails clipped & filed, ears plucked.

Brenda's Dog House
(704) 853-1738
1703 S York Rd
Gastonia, NC

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Home Place Dog Grooming
(704) 864-4171
562 Archie Whitesides Rd
Gastonia, NC
 
Carolina Pet Place
(336) 766-4447
Clemmons, NC
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House Sitting, Grooming, Overnight Pet Boarding, Daily Dog Walks, Doggie Day Care
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Pet Sitters International

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Blue Ribbon Pet Care
(910) 389-2220
Jacksonville, NC
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, House Sitting, Pooper Scooper Service, Behavior Modification, Errand Service, Dog Training, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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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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NC Equine Law

North Carolina

Under North Carolina law, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting exclusively from the inherent risks of equine activities.  Chapter 99E of the North Carolina General Statutes.  (Sign posting is required.)