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Doggy Detailers Grooming Salon
(361) 575-5571
72 Lee St.
Victoria, TX
Terri Ferrier is the owner and award winning groomer at Doggy Detailers with over 20 years experience in breeding, exhibiting and training dogs in addition to grooming. She provides a clean, safe environment for your special pet that is equipped with the latest state of the art equipment. She regularly completes continuing education in order to give your pet an enjoyable grooming experience as well as a quality groom. Open Monday-Friday
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

Beautiful Babe'S Pet Grooming
(361) 575-8552
5009 Country Club Dr
Victoria, TX
(361) 576-0659

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Vca Victoria Animal Hopsital
(361) 573-3200
2706 Sam Houston Dr
Victoria, TX
Petagree Grooming
(361) 578-5817
108 E Circle St
Victoria, TX
Dog's Day Out
(361) 570-5335
1708 E. Airline Rd. Suite C.
Victoria, TX
Mother,daughter dog grooming shop. 25 years combined experience in grooming.Committed pet lovers and we take pride in our work. Compassionate and careing enviroment from puppy to disabled.We Offer pick up and delivery.Open Monday - Friday 8 am to 5:30 pm.
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Pawsitively Stylin Dog Grooming Salon
(361) 574-7009
5009 Country Club Dr
Victoria, TX
Hillcrest Animal Hospital
(361) 573-6131
4001 John Stockbauer Dr
Victoria, TX
Doggy Detailers Grooming Salon
(361) 575-6243
72 Lee St
Victoria, TX
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(361) 575-4841
3504 N Laurent St
Victoria, 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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