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(919) 671-2733
Raleigh, NC
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(919) 366-2663
15 East 3rd. Street
Wendell, NC
Over 15yrs. as a Trained Pet Stylist. NDGAA Member (National Dog Groomers Assoc. of America)Hand Scissoring and Styling for your pet to fit your life style. We love your pets like our own. We groom Cats too. Open Wed. through Sat. @ 8:00am Morning Walk-in welcome. We Accept: Visa, Mastercard,Personal Checks, and Cash.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Vet Referred

You Lucky Dog Daycare Inc.
(919) 788-8388
8604 Jersey Court
Raleigh, NC
Our groomer, Kathy Lopes, is very experienced in all types of cuts and grooming services. She is available by appointment to take care of all your dog's needs. We are also a doggie daycare and boarding facility.
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(919) 554-6938
11835 RETAIL DR.

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(919) 875-9899
5014 Lacy Ave
Raleigh, NC

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(919) 329-2844
1304 Cool Spring Road
Raleigh, NC
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Bark Grooming, LLC
(919) 665-9767
6300 Limousine Drive Suite 102
Raleigh, NC
By Appointment pet grooming. For appointments (919)665 - 9767 please leave message. We do not groom aggressive, or tick/flea infested pets at Bark. We are trained groomers with a hands on training from Nash Academy of Animal Arts. Grooming since 2003. Environmentally friendly products and state of the art equipment. Ask for a tour! Absolutely no heated cage dryers. Minimal crate usage facility, if any. No all day stays.
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Chatham Animal Hospital
(919) 342-5487
105 Oceana Place
Cary, NC
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Durant Road Animal Hospital & Kennell PLLC
(919) 847-5533
10220 Durant Rd
Raleigh, NC
Quail Corners Animal Hospital
(919) 576-1177
1613 E Millbrook Rd
Raleigh, NC
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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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