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Pampered Petcare
(412) 249-8160
Carnegie, PA
Pet Massage, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Behavior Modification, Errand Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Dog Training, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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DeLuca's Canine Country Club
(724) 941-3647
196 So. Spring Valley Rd.
Canonsburg, PA
A full service salon and kennel offering dog grooming and boarding services by skilled professionals. Your dog will be given first class service, which includes nails and ear cleaning, then bathed with the appropriate shampoo for your particular dogs coat followed by a special conditioner. You'll find our groomers very patient and caring for your pets. We bath and groom all size.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Grand Slam Grooming, Inc.
(412) 221-5081
2100 Bower Hill Rd
Pittsburgh, PA
Owned and operated by DeAnne & Otto Orive, Grand Slam Grooming is a brand new state of the art grooming salon, located in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. DeAnne, an IPG Certified Master Groomer offers grooming services for all dog & cat breeds. We are open Monday Saturday Offering early morning drop offs for our customers convenience. Please call for an appointment.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Mary's Dog House
(412) 851-1111
4947 Library Rd
Bethel Park, PA

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Woody's Dog Wash & Boutique
(412) 714-4644
5843 Brownsville Rd
Pittsburgh, PA
Hot Diggity Dog Grooming
(724) 745-9313
28 Walker Rd
Canonsburg, PA
Individual attention is my priority. I am a National Certified Master Groomer and am available by appt.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Precious Paws Pet Salon, Inc.
(412) 319-0048
382 Carol Avenue
Bridgeville, PA
A first class, full service salon for all your pet grooming needs, including; hand scissoring, shedless treatment (Furminator), teeth brushing, nail trimming and speciality concierge services. Open 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Tuesday-Saturday.
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, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Daycare Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Harley's Angels Pet Grooming
(724) 483-2939
204 Lookout Avenue
Charleroi, PA
I Provide "One on One" Pet Grooming. I Treat Your Best Friend Like My Best Friend. I am a groomer because of my love for all animals. I respect and love all animals as if they were my own. You can relax knowing that when your pet is with me being groomed that he/she is in a peaceful setting, not stressed in a crate all day waiting to be groomed. I groom "By Appointment Only" ..to keep this promise.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Vet Referred

Grand Slam Grooming
(412) 221-5081
2100 Bower Hill Rd
Scott Township, PA

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Pleasant Hills Pet Hospital
(412) 386-3515
171 Green Drive
Pittsburgh, PA
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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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