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Specialty Pet Care LLC
(803) 348-5273
Gilbert, SC
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Doggie Day Care, Grooming, Errand Service, Overnight Pet Boarding, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Diva Dogs, LLC
(803) 787-3226
3600 Rosewood Dr
Columbia, SC
Description
We are a full service grooming salon that offers custom styling, bathing, and spa packages. We pride ourselves on cleanliness and outstanding customer service. Specializing in small breeds and Puppy's First Haircut. Open Tuesday-Saturday 8-6.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services

Canine Paradise Grooming Salon
(803) 750-7334
736 St Andrews Rd Suite J
Columbia, SC
Description
Ultimate pampering for your pet! At Canine Paradise we specialize in exceptional care for your pet. We offer full service grooming for all breeds. We have an open floor plan so that you may watch us and your pet at anytime. In December 2005 we built three daycare rooms loaded with toys, toddler beds, and mirrors on the wall so thay your dog can check himself out after his groom! Open Monday thru Saturday.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Show Grooming Services

Alpha Dog Mobile Grooming
(803) 781-6598
10611 Broad River Rd.
Irmo, SC
Description
Our groomer is Toni Carter. We are serving Irmo to Timerlake and Lexington. Appts. available Mon-Fri. Pleas call for further information
Services
Offers Mobile/House Call Grooming, Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

Doggie Styles Grooming Salon
(803) 252-7024
1001 Harden St
Columbia, SC
 
A Spaw At Your Door Mobile Pet Grooming
(803) 237-0726
1792 S. Lake Dr.
Lexington, SC

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Diva Dogs Grooming, LLC
(803) 787-3226
3600 Rosewood Dr.
Columbia, SC
Description
Full service grooming salon that offers custom styling, bathing, and spa packages. We pride ourselves on cleanliness and outstanding customer service. Specializing in small breeds and Puppy's First Haircut. Open Monday-Saturday 8-6.
Services
All Breed Dog Grooming, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Vet Referred

Special Pets
(803) 951-3313
1481 Pisgah Church Road
Lexington, SC
Description
Special Pets, located in Lexington, SC, caters to small "diva dogs", elderly and disabled dogs. We offer aroma therapy baths, flea control, shavedowns, nail trims, pet and breed styling. We are a small shop and take only a few dogs turning out high quality work. By appointment only, please call 803-951-3313. Over 25 years experience as a groomer.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Val's Pretty Pets
(803) 794-3647
1505 Charleston Hwy Ste B9
West Columbia, SC

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Mill Creek Grooming
(803) 748-9809
2841 Millwood Ave
Columbia, SC

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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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SC Equine Law

South Carolina

Under South Carolina law, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in an equine activity resulting from an inherent risk of equine activity, pursuant to Article 7, Chapter 9 of Title 47, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976.  (Sign posting is required.)