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A Doggie Day Spa
(229) 244-4496
309 Janet St.
Valdosta, GA
Description
A Doggie Day Spa is a lavish full-service salon and spa that is designed for the comfort and safety of your pet. Owner-operator Kellie Inman has been grooming since 1998, to continue her education she attends clinics and seminars to improve and develop her grooming skills. At A Doggie Day Spa we take pride in catering to all your grooming needs. Please call us in advance for an appointment.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Groomingdales Professional Pet Grooming
(229) 245-0525
1508 E Park Ave
Valdosta, GA
 
A Doggie Day Spa
(229) 244-4496
309 Janet St
Valdosta, GA
 
Grooming Shop
(229) 245-8001
114 Webster St
Valdosta, GA
 
Poodle & Pooch Pet Parlor
(229) 249-0200
114 Webster St
Valdosta, GA
 
All God's Creatures Pet Grooming
(229) 219-0225
4674 Bemiss Rd.
Valdosta, GA
Description
Quality dog and cat grooming in a gentle, low stress environment. The owner is an experienced pet groomer, former humane society manager and veterinary technician. Your pet will receive a high quality groom which includes fluff drying, nail buffing and ear cleaning. Stop in and tour our facility. Open Tuesday through Saturday.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

English Grooming Salon
(229) 244-4577
1500 Marion St
Valdosta, GA
 
Barkers Grooming Salon
(229) 247-1070
10549 Troupeville Rd
Valdosta, GA
 
Canine Clubhouse
(229) 259-9989
305 Janet St
Valdosta, GA
 
Canine Designs
(229) 253-9316
1913 Baytree Pl
Valdosta, GA
 

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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