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Horse Twitches Trussville AL

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Clippentales
(205) 368-1084
205 Oak Street
Trussville, AL
Description
"Clippentales" now open for business in Trussville, Alabama. "Clippentales" is a full service grooming salon. We use only the best grooming supplies the market has to offer. Groomer has over seven years experience in the pet industry and graduated top of her grooming class in 2006. Veterinary referred business. Will pick up and deliver for Free within 20 mile radius. By appointment only please call 205-368-1084.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Vet Referred

Polly's pet parlor, LLC
(205) 838-2368
315 Gadsden Highway
Birmingham, AL
Description
Polly's is a full service grooming salon dedicated to making your pet look and feel their best! Melissa Nichols, groomer and owner has over 13 years experience. Open Tuesday - Friday. By appointment only.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Holly's Country Canines
(205) 647-5832
21 Mountain Woods Lake Rd.
Warrior, AL
Description
New grooming salon located in Hayden, AL! I provide a clean and comfortable place for your pet to get his or her haircut. I am open Tuesday- Saturday by appointment only. Every new client receives $5 off their 1st visit so call today!
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services

Doggie Styles
(205) 917-3718
195 West Valley Avenue STE 124
Birmingham, AL
Description
Years of experience. Poodles to pit-bulls, maltese to mastiffs. In Homewood, Alabama. Shop hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 8am to 6pm. We also sell pet products.

Polly's Pet Parlor
(205) 838-2368
315 Gadsden Hwy Ste B
Birmingham, AL

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A-1 K-9 Design
(205) 445-4459
1125 Westridge Circle
Birmingham, AL
Description
Our groomer and owner, Rhonda Hardin, is a committed pet lover who endeavors to provide a friendly and enjoyable environment catering to all of your dog grooming needs. She is a grooming school graduate and will make every effort to ensure your pet enjoys the grooming procedure. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Open Monday-Saturday.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services

Hoof N Paw
(205) 427-2797
Hoof N Paw Pet Grooming
Springville, AL
Description
Offering a great bath and groom with lots of TLC. Everything from Scotties to Rotties or Pugs to Poodles. Experience, skill and commitment to your pets health and care. Our approach is to provide your dog or cat with a pleasant grooming experience. Your pets needs will be addressed. Soapless shampoos, deshedding solutions and nail grinding are just some of the services offered. Evening and weekend appointments available.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Livestock Grooming services, Vet Referred

Deb's Small Pet Grooming
(205) 338-3556
Cropwell Small Animal Hospital
Pell City, AL
Description
A full service groomer, including nails and ear cleaning. I also offer boarding for well trained pets in my home. Special shampoos for all types of coat care and skin care. I have ten years experience in grooming all breeds. I work by appointment only, Monday through Friday.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

PetSmart
(205) 661-3181
5890 TRUSSVILLE CROSSINGS BOUL
BIRMINGHAM, AL

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Center Point Animal Clinic
(205) 853-3340
1704 Center Point Pkwy
Birmingham, AL
 
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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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