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The Wright Pet Sitter
(413) 747-4968
Westfield, MA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Errand Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, House Sitting, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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The Good Dog Spot, Inc.
(413) 534-1333
35 C North Chicopee Street
Chicopee, MA

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Canine Design
(413) 593-9300
1195 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA
Description
Professional dog grooming service.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Retail Pet Products Available

For K-9s & Felines
(413) 572-0055
Yankee Village Plaza
Westfield, MA
Description
A pet specialty shoppe and grooming boutique that offers gentle grooming of your dog or cat. We use all natural products and also sell all natural products (spa products, food, etc.) Our hours are Tues. through Fri. 10:00 - 6:00 and Saturday 8:00 - 2:00.
Services
Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

The Barking Basement
(413) 320-8737
The Barking Basement
Easthampton, MA
Description
Conveniently located on Rte. 66 in beautiful Westhampton. "The Barking Basement"offers a low-stress, calm grooming experience for your dogs or cats. My experience includes 20 years of grooming, and a commitment to quality. Canine CPR/First Aid certified, registered with NDGAA (#H721). Retail items available. Special order items available upon request. Grooming by appointment only. Call and ask for Barbara.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Retail Pet Products Available

Fairy Pet Mother Pet Care
(978) 387-8667
South Hadley, MA
Services
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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Pet Sitters International

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Bark & Park Mobile Grooming
(413) 783-1296
Springfield, MA

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Cheryls Grooming Room
(413) 796-4766
268 Harkness Ave
Springfield, MA
Description
I've groomed for 20 plus years. Animal lover and rescue for 47 years. My main focus is in the care and expertise I extend to you and your pet. Below is a base line of my prices. Prices include bath & dry, brushout nails clipped ears cleaned shave down, trim or clip anal express. Please note that shave downs are short, medium, and long lengths, so whatever you want. Small dogs $20 - $25 Medium $30 - $35 Large $40 - $45 Extra Large $50 - $55 10% senior citizen discount.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

The RUFF House
(413) 562-8888
The Ruff House
Westfield, MA
Description
A professional Doggie Daycare and Grooming Spa for all your precious furs! Caring, clean, with state-of-art equipment to give your pet a relaxing and comforting experience. Full service salon and daycare facility.
Services
Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

West Springfield Animal Hospital Incorporated
(413) 781-5275
288 Westfield St
Westfield, MA
 
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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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