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Dog Days Pet Styling
(843) 821-7086
2885 West 5th North St. Ste E
Summerville, SC
Owner and groomer Theresa Miles has over 20 years experience grooming and showing dogs. We are a full service salon. Our hours of operation are . Mondays 9-5:30 Wed - Sat 9-5:30 by appointment only. We say no to drugs!
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

The Pooch Parlor, LLC
(843) 761-5551
529 E. Main St.
Moncks Corner, SC
The Pooch Parlor is a family owned and operated business. Our groomers have years of experience and treat your pets like family. We groom all breeds. We are open Mon.- Sat. from 8:00 am-4:00 pm. Located in Downtown Moncks Corner at 529 E. Main St.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Vet Referred

Vickers Clippers
(843) 873-7008
2507 Highway 17a S
Summerville, SC

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All 4 Paws
(843) 875-2922
1896 N Main St
Summerville, SC
Right Touch
(843) 873-1935
127 Hemphill Ct
Summerville, SC

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Dog Days Pet Styling
(843) 821-7086
2885 West 5th North St Ste E
Summerville, SC
Our Groomer and owner Theresa Miles is a pet Lover at heart,she has over 20 years of grooming and showing experience.She will make every effort to make sure the grooming procedure is as pleasant as possible.We are open Monday,Wed-Saturday 9:00am - 5:30pm by appointment only.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Show Grooming Services

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(843) 871-7977
440 Old Trolley Rd
Summerville, SC
Westbury Pet Care Center
(843) 873-9835
Highway 78 W
Summerville, SC
Pawsitively Fur Pets
(843) 821-8210
807 N Cedar St
Summerville, 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.)