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Treasured Pets
(903) 839-7051
Whitehouse, TX
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Doggie Day Care, Alternating Lights/Curtains, House Sitting, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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The Schnauzer Shop
(903) 597-4459
11898 Hwy 64 W
Tyler, TX
We love to groom schnauzers but we do groom ALL breeds. The owner is a competition groomer and has competed with poodles, schnauzers, a yorkie and also in the creative classes. We use state of the art equipment and the dogs seem to love the calm, quiet nature of our shop. Please visit the website to see photos of our work.

Lake Palestine Animal Hospital
(903) 876-4848
Hwy 155 2 Miles N Of Frankston
Tyler, TX
TLC Pet Grooming
(903) 258-6107
10128 CR 1125
Tyler, TX
Weegi's Poodle Salon
(903) 595-1898
11898 State Highway 64 W
Tyler, TX
Bark Avenue Pet Lodge & Grooming Salon
(903) 597-4459
3523 W Erwin
Tyler, TX
We are a full service grooming salon and boarding facility. We are now located in our new state of the art facility as of July 2006. Give us a call, we would love to talk with you. Check us out online also.

Schnauzer Snips Grooming Salon
(903) 245-1771
18950 CR 481
Lindale, TX
I love grooming all breeds but was inspired by a beloved pet to name my business after her. New home location is a quite,calm place that pets can relax and enjoy their groom. 22 yrs exp. On premises at all times. I use only all natural cleaning products, shampoos, and sprays. No chemicals. Please call for appt. Offering express grooms or early drop offs and late pick ups.

Barkus Grooming
(903) 526-3436
419 Troup Hwy
Tyler, TX
(903) 534-5261

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Tails Wil-Wag Pet Sitting
(254) 399-9862
Woodway, TX
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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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