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ky grooming by beth
(606) 379-0234
275 Ike Singleton Rd
Waynesburg, KY
Description
Home based professional grooming with over 20 years experience. Using top of the line products for top of the line affordable grooming.Hand drying and hand scissoring. hypo products and conditioners. Just good grooming.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services

For Pet's Sake
(606) 451-9546
310 Sallee St Ste B
Somerset, KY

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Lisa's Pet Sitting Service
(502) 552-1584
Louisville, KY
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Errand Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Erlanger Pet Resort & Day Spa
(859) 727-3940
3404 Dixie Highway
Erlanger, KY

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Simpsons Grooming & Doggie Daycare
(859) 879-3124
Simpson's Grooming & Doggie Daycare
Versailles, KY
Description
Simpsons Grooming in Versailles is a friendly place that pets from all over enjoy. Our owner and groomer, Cary Simpson, has over 15 years of experience grooming and showing champion dogs of several breeds. Our doggie daycare is a first-rate place for any pet to spend the day.

Ruby's-Do's For Dogs
(606) 679-8807
1096 Hwy 192
Somerset, KY

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Holly's Pet Care
(859) 684-2222
Lexington, KY
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Pet Massage, Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Doggie Day Care, House Sitting, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Udirty Dog @ Last Move Farm, LLC
(859) 707-0922
Carlisle, KY
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Doggie Day Care, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Dogwood Pet Grooming
(606) 348-0906
Rt. 2 Box 345
Monticello, KY
Description
Owner & groomer is a gradute of Nash Academy of Animal Arts, Lexington in 1999. All breeds dog and cats

Claws & Paws Grooming Salon
(859) 283-0908
10135-A Dixie Hwy
Florence, KY
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A full service salon offering dog and cat grooming by the owner. Your pets are treated like they are one of my own. Open Tues-Sat 9am-5pm.

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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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