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Bark, Bath 'n Beyond
(508) 341-8387
35 West Street
Douglas, MA

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(508) 248-5490
31A Southbridge Rd
Charlton, MA
All breed grooming also cats. $5.00 OFF first visit. Call The Dog Wash to schedule your next pet grooming today.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Cedarwood Kennels
(508) 864-6519
114 S. Spencer Rd.
Spencer, MA
I am a professional pet groomer. Formally of the Village Dog Shoope Worcester. I became a groomer because of my love for animals and enjoy sharing that love through grooming. My goal is to create, elegant,will balence dog. I offer complete custom grooming for poodles, terriers, toy breeds and mixes weighing up to 40 lbs.I will also groom Cats. Grooming hours are by appointment: 508- 864-6519
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Livestock Grooming services, Vet Referred

Waggin' Tails Dog Salon
(774) 276-9307
37 Linda Avenue
Millbury, MA
Our dog groomer and owner, Morgan Lee, is a committed pet lover who endeavors to provide a friendly and enjoyable environment catering to all of your dog grooming needs.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Winterhill Kennel
(508) 867-6929
76 Birch Hill Rd
West Brookfield, MA

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(413) 277-9887
72 Coffey Hill Rd
Ware, MA

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Precious Furs Pet Resort, LLC.
(508) 987-2927
13 Lovett Road
Oxford, MA
Full service grooming of all breeds of dogs and cats by a National Certified Master Groomer.
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The Pet Parlour
(508) 885-2052
67 Maple St.
Spencer, MA
The Pet Parlour is owned and operated by Lori Bastardo. We are by appointment only and schedule Tuesday through Friday. The price of the groom varies by breed. The price includes nail trimming/grinding, ear cleaning/plucking, Spa quality shampoo and conditioner, blow dry and hair cut or neatening.
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Bark & Bubbles
(508) 347-3773
562 Main St
Fiskdale, MA

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Laurie's Dog Grooming
(508) 476-1130
15 Franklin St
Douglas, MA

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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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MA Equine Law


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