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Its Raining Cats & Dogs Pet Resort & Spa
(207) 453-9490
Alberon Road
Waterville, ME
A full service kennel and grooming spa. Pamper your pet with one of our Spa treatments. Our heated floors keep your pet warm in cold winter months.All boarding animals have views of TV. Check out the latest showing.So call for your Spa treatment today. Open Monday thru Friday for your convenience. Owner lives on premises, and is a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Vet Referred

Barks Bubbles & Biscuits
207-622-WOOF (9663)
9 Memorial Circle
Augusta, ME
Groomers & owner, Sarah Cunningham is certified in pet CPR/First Aid. Dogs are bathed with the Hydro-Surge Bathing System, a massaging system used to promote good skin health in pets and significantly decrease shedding! The salon offers an array of goodies in its boutique! As well as same day appointments based on availability! Pick Up & Delivery Service Available as Well! Call for Pricing!
Offers Mobile/House Call Grooming, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

The Pet Groomer, Big, Small, Feathers or Fur
(207) 342-2042
170 New England Road
Searsmont, ME
Heidi J. Blood, owner of The Pet Groomer has relocated to The New England Road in Searsmont. Years of animal experience, degree in Veterinary Experience, Certified Animal Control Officer and Certified Equine Massage Therapist. Hard to handle or special needs pets welcome. All breeds and species welcome. Professional, knowledgable service, reasonable rates. Veterinary Reffered.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Livestock Grooming services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Vet Referred

Meadowfly Freedom
(207) 991-3647
Winterport, ME
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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Happy Paws @ Unleashed Modern Pet Care Solutions
(207) 725-7990
Topsham, ME
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Pet Transportation, Behavior Modification, Doggie Day Care, Dog Training, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Canines & Cats
(207) 465-4420
123 Fairfield St.
Oakland, ME
The original Canines & Cats. Full service salon. Owner and groomer is Leslie Main and has experience in a vet's office. 13 yrs. grooming experience. Specializing in one on one grooming and cats. Your pet is only here as long as it takes to be groomed. Appt. required. No walk-ins. Open Monday-Wednesday and Friday.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

Attention to D-Tails
(207) 474-8586
94 Back Rd.
Skowhegan, ME
Specializing in a one on one pet grooming experience to limit your pets stress. We have state of the art grooming equipment to pamper your pet. Open Weds. and Thurs. and some Sats. by appointment.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

(207) 622-5989

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Pet Works of Maine
(207) 514-7624
New Gloucester, ME
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(207) 657-3399
49 Maine Street
New Gloucester, ME

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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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