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Wizard of Pawz Grooming
(864) 621-0815
298 Gossett Rd
Spartanburg, SC
Full service grooming salon. Small dog specialist. 30 years experience. We treat your dog like it was our own!
Offers Mobile/House Call Grooming, Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Livestock Grooming services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Vet Referred

All Paws On Main
(864) 497-3275
149 B West Main Street
Duncan, SC
We are a full service pet grooming salon that grooms both cats and dogs. We have excellent quality with affordable prices! Best of all, we love your pets as much as you do!
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Livestock Grooming services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services

Classy Canines Pet Salon & Boutique
(864) 576-3636
2811 Reidville Rd Ste 30
Spartanburg, SC

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K-9 Corner
(864) 595-6292
9 Old Blackstock Rd Ste A
Spartanburg, SC

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Pet Vac Animal Hospital
(864) 574-6200
2920 Reidville Rd
Spartanburg, SC
The Wizard of Pawz
(864) 576-0760
121 S. Blackstock Rd.
Spartanburg, SC
Our groomer, Lynne Gillespie has been in the pet industry for over 30 years. We offer full service grooming to all breeds. We try to make grooming a plesant experience for you and your pet. Lynne especially likes to work with puppies. open Monday - Friday by appointment. We are located inside Noah's Ark Kennel.
Offers Mobile/House Call Grooming, Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Noah Ark'S Kennels
(864) 576-0760
121 S Blackstock Rd
Spartanburg, SC
Ccs Pet Salon
(864) 585-0011
145 Marlboro Rd
Spartanburg, SC
Spartanburg Animal Clinic
(864) 585-5233
346 Cedar Springs Rd
Spartanburg, SC
(864) 576-7553
150 E Blackstock Rd Ste A
Spartanburg, SC
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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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SC Equine Law

South Carolina

Under South Carolina law, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in an equine activity resulting from an inherent risk of equine activity, pursuant to Article 7, Chapter 9 of Title 47, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976.  (Sign posting is required.)