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God's Gift Pet Sitting Services LLC
(301) 831-5014
Mount Airy, MD
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Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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O'Neill's Pet Sitting
(443) 794-3460
Manchester, MD
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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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Barks N Giggles N Whinnys Mobile Dog Grooming
(410) 751-9364
2085 Manchester Rd
Westminster, MD

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Perrin Pet Parlor LLC
(410) 635-2625
3190 Vista Ct
New Windsor, MD
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Professional pet grooming with a personal touch. Owner and skilled groomer, Hal Perrin, provides quality service and makes every effort to ensure your pet's comfort during the grooming procedure. Evening and weekend appointments are available.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services

Belquest Kennels & Cattery
301-831-7507 OR 410-795-8395
18745 Penn Shop Road
Mount Airy, MD
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All breed dog & cat grooming - by expert stylists awarding winning certified master groomers, We specialize in precision scissor cutting and breed specific Styling-hand stripping and show dogs. Full spa treatments available. Shed-Less Furminator treatment specialties! REDUCE SHEDDING up to 60 to 90%! The HydroSurgebathing & relaxing massage is wonderful and the pets LOVE it! NDGAA members.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Vet Referred

Morning Breeze Farm Critter Sitter
(301) 758-8422
Sykesville, MD
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Behavior Modification, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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PET EXPERTS Professional Pet Services, LLC
(410) 504-2422
Owings Mills, MD
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Behavior Modification, Pet Transportation, Dog Training, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Sit Stay Style
(410) 598-3492
439 Sycamore Avenue
Westminster, MD
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Mobile pet grooming for cats and dogs at your doorstep. This stress free option keeps your pets from being crated at the salon all day and are usually back inside within about an hour! Specializing in senior, anxious, and special needs pets of ANY size!
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Vet Referred

A Dogs Day Off, LLC
(301) 929-1083
6742 Runkles Rd
Mount Airy, MD
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Dog groomer & trainer with over 35 years experience. Opened own business in 2008 for grooming and training. Master Groomer - 1973, Baltimore School of Dog Grooming, Canine Nutrition - 1992, Cornell University, CPR Canine Certified - 2004, Animal Behavior College
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services

Belquest
301-831-7507 or 410-795-8395
18745 Penn Shop Road
Mount Airy, MD
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Certified Master Groomer & Trainer that offers Professional All Breed Grooming Service for Dogs & Cats State-of-the-Art Grooming Facility 1974 Graduate of The National School of Dog Grooming,Certified Companion Aniaml Hygienist, Member of National Dog groomers Association of Americia Certified in Canine CPR,Canine Nutrition - 1992, Cornell University,
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Livestock Grooming services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

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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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