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Auntie A's Pet Sitting
(757) 814-1098
Newport News, VA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Alternating Lights/Curtains, House Sitting, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Bark at the Moon Grooming
(804) 654-9978
Gloucester
Gloucester, VA
Description
Offering free pick-up & delivery in the Gloucester, Virginia area. I do a limited number of dogs per day to provide the least stressful environment for your pet.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

PetSmart
(757) 259-1630
4900 MONTICELLO AVENUE
WILLIAMSBURG, VA

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Denbigh Animal Hospital
(757) 877-8339
475 Denbigh Blvd
Newport News, VA
 
PetSmart
(757) 249-2007
12142 JEFFERSON AVE
NEWPORT NEWS, VA

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Judiths Natural Grooming Spa
(757) 229-8905
709 Monumental Ave
Williamsburg, VA
Description
Judith is the owner,groomer and stylist that has an amazing connection with dogs and cats. We offer one on one consultations and a full service salon with no cages and by appointment only.Your pet can have a choice of shampoo, conditioner,aqua message,bath, mud bath and facials. Designer Pawdicures,nail filing and pad conditioning. Every guest has available to them a deck with a view,coffee,tea and choice of music. Come and see us. Judith
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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, Pet Daycare Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

Diamonds In The Ruff
(757) 817-0655
106 Rich Road
Yorktown, VA
Description
Tracey runs a home based shop specializing in one pet at a time for a quiet, low stress grooming experience. Grooming by appointment only M-F 8am-5:30pm with special appointments after 6pm. Every effort is made to provide a safe quiet environment for your pet with very little crate or cage time. Typical stay at the shop is 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Retail Pet Products Available

Pet World Grooming
(757) 877-7144
14501 Warwick Blvd Ste B
Newport News, VA
 
Kiln Creek Animal Care
(757) 886-1300
900 Brick Kiln Blvd
Newport News, VA
 
Colony Animal Hospital
(757) 877-6464
13187 Warwick Blvd
Newport News, VA
 
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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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