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Shear Pawfection
(515) 279-7297
517 Maple Street
West Des Moines, IA
Description
The salon for pets in Historic Valley Junction. This salon offers full service pet styling for dogs & cats, Do-It-Yourself Pet Spa Wash, pick-up & delivery with many extras. Open Monday - Saturday by appointment.

small dog grooming
(515) 277-9513
1160 20th Street
West Des Moines, IA
Description
With 35 years of grooming experience, I offer exceptional professional quality grooming, specializing in the needs of small dogs, (under 20 pounds). Dogs appreciate the peaceful, loving environment. Conveniently located 3 blocks off I-235 in a beautiful West Des Moines neighborhood.

The Fleming Animal Clinic At Countryside Village
(515) 221-9045
1903 Ep True Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA
 
Premiere Pets
(515) 226-0809
1751 28th St
West Des Moines, IA
 
Petco
(515) 223-8580
6805 Mills Civic Pkwy Ste 140
West Des Moines, IA
 
Shear Pawfection LLC
(515) 279-7297
517 Maple Street
West Des Moines, IA
Description
Full service pet styling, Upscale salon, spa, retail. Dogs and cats welcome, Do-It-Yourself, pick-up & delivery available. Open Monday thru Saturday by appointment, walk-ins & same day apppts can sometimes be accomodated.

It's a Dogs Life in Iowa
(515) 724-9292
2712 Douglas Ave
Des Moines, IA
Description
It's a DOG's Life in Iowa is a full service pet grooming salon. I provide an excellent standard of care for dogs/cats & pet parents! I specialize in senior pets/special cases (recues). Every pet is treated as if they were one of my very own. I (Lisa) have kids of own and know how important it is that you as the pet parent have a special relationship with me.

Family Pet Veterinary Center
(515) 993-9224
1215 Prospect Ave.
West Des Moines, IA
 
Metro Cat Hospital Of Des Moines
(515) 221-9313
2900 University Ave Ste F5
West Des Moines, IA
 
PetSmart
(515) 221-2295
11101 UNIVERSITY AVENUE
CLIVE, IA

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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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IA Equine Law

Iowa

Under Iowa Law, a domesticated animal professional is not liable for damages suffered by, an injury to, or the death of a participant resulting from the inherent risks of domesticated animal activities, pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 673.  You are assuming the inherent risks of participating in this domesticated animal activity.