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Best Ever Animal Care L.L.C.
(520) 432-2987
Bisbee, AZ
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Hap-E-Dog Pet Grooming
(520) 458-1814
1658 E Fry Blvd
Sierra Vista, AZ
Description
We are a full service grooming salon that takes care of both dogs and cats, with gentle care and no tranquilizers. We take care of the young and the older pets. Also, all sizes and breeds of pets. We are open Tuesday-Saturday 8am-4pm.

Sierra Animal Hospital
(520) 220-5510
900 S Hwy 92
Sierra Vista, AZ
 
Dixi'S Dog Grooming
(520) 458-8045
148 Park Cir
Sierra Vista, AZ
 
Sierra Dog Grooming
(520) 803-6637
4793 S Santa Lucia Ave
Sierra Vista, AZ
 
PRESTIGE
(520) 452-8312
Elisabeth Gardner
Sierra Vista, AZ
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Elisabeth Gardner groomer and owner provide the best service in Sierra Vista, Az, experience for over 28 years in Europe, judge of international dog shows,she provide absolut grooming show quality. She offers pickup and delivery for you pet. Special breeds are all Spaniels, Poodles and big breeds. She is also a breeder for English Springer Spaniels AKC/CKC reg. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
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Vca Apache Animal Hospital 691
(520) 458-0930
2145 S Highway 92
Sierra Vista, AZ
 
Prestige Dog Grooming
(520) 452-8312
1878 South Sb Ranch Rd
Sierra Vista, AZ
 
Hap-E-Dog Pet Grooming
(520) 226-9393
1658 E Fry Blvd
Sierra Vista, AZ
 
Waggin Tails Pet Salon
(520) 378-2060
4107 E Glenn Rd
Sierra Vista, AZ
 
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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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