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Alternative Pet Services Plus
(630) 947-6213
Glen Ellyn, IL
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Grooming, Doggie Day Care, Overnight Pet Boarding, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Daily Dog Walks
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Linda Kroman
(630) 272-7717
Streamwood, IL
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The Barking Lot Of Wheaton Inc.
(630) 752-1612
217 S Main Street
Wheaton, IL
Our groomer and owner, Megan Alexander, is a committed pet lover who endeavors to provide a friendly and enjoyable environment catering to all of your dogs grooming needs. She is a grooming school graduate and will make every effort to ensure your pet enjoys the grooming procedure. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Open Tuesday-Saturday.

The Pampered Pup, Inc.
(630) 736-3307
694 Coral Avenue
Bartlett, IL
A dog grooming salon veterinarian recommended. By appointment only. 22 Years experience. Professional handler, trainer & groomer.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

House of Paws & Claws Pet Styling, Inc.
(630) 969-7387
151 W. Ogden Ave.
Westmont, IL
A full service salon providing complete professional grooming of all breeds of dogs and cats. Plently of TLC. Vet recommended. CPR certified of animals. High quality shampoos and conditioners used. Special services available such as nail caps, furminator, coat re-conditioning and more. Conveniently located at the light of Ogden and Washington in Westmont, SE corner, attached to Martial Arts.

Jane's Pet Sitting Services
(630) 347-9916
Downers Grove, IL
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Ann's Pet Service, Ltd.
(847) 697-2407
Elgin, IL
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Randi's Natural Dog Grooming
(630) 254-5237
307 S. Main Street
Lombard, IL
Randi's Natural Dog Grooming specializes in hand scissoring and approaches grooming sessions from a holistic point of view. All grooming is by appointment only to avoid needless stress. We are open Tuesday through Saturday and are available by phone, email or text for questions or appointments. Randi is a certified groomer and Pet CPR certified.

Bark-A-Lounge Pet Salon Inc
(630) 898-4600
657 South Route 59
Aurora, IL
We are the Aurora/Naperville area's number one grooming salon. We groom all breeds of dogs and cats. We do specialize in Terriers. We are the recommended groomer by most of the local veterinarians. Hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 to 5:30, Saturday 8:00 to 4:00.

The Pet Pamperer, Inc.
(708) 567-5855
1448 Snow Drift Circle
Bartlett, IL
The Pet Pamperer, Inc. is a full-service pet business that features certified pet grooming, highlighted by a holistic approach with expert scissoring and hand stripping.

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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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