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Old 04-09-2008, 05:17 PM   #1
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Unhappy Porcupine & Pets

We were out hiking with our 4 dogs last night when they all found a porcupine! Our little Boston Terriers escaped with just a few quills each- easily pulled out. However the labs were more inquisitive. Our black lab mix got almost 2 dozen quills in his nose and face (none in the eyes). The yellow lab/ pit was much less fortunate- she tried to bite it We had to pull at least 4 or 5 dozen out of her mouth, nose, face, chest, and foot. There were a few quills that broke- so she spent the day at the vet. They sedated her and removed the broken quills. All is better now- and thankfully it was not as bad as it could have been (dogs can die if the porcupine swings its tail at them). The worse part was- while we were trying to pull them off and pull the quills out, they were still trying to get the porcupine. The porcupine was in no hurry and just kinda waddled out of the way- real slow.

I don't have a picture of the event- no camera with me- but here are the dogs.
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Old 04-09-2008, 05:56 PM   #2
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Good think you were close to a vet...

Many times we camp off the beaten path, or, in unfamiliar places...

I made a "pet first aid kit", just in case....

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...aid-37082.html
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Having just given up my dog trainers license (required in WI for possesion of either game birds -DNR license or narcotics, DATCP license, good ole porky's bring back some memories.

My most vivid one was a friends Brittany. If he would have stayed on point things would have been fine. Being young he broke and you know what happened. After the first couple of pulls...I pull the quill, the dog bites me, I pull another quill and the dog bites me again (not that I could totaly blame him!)...I then used my T-shirt as a muzzle. Socks can work as well. Hopefully you will never need those tips.

I am glad your encounter worked out. If you do a lot of boonie hiking get some Panalog or Quadrotp. I recomend the oinment rather than the cream. It is like high strength Neosporin only it also has some steroids in it that will knock down the swelling. Disclaimer---I am not recomending the use of veteranary medicines on humans but....well it is the only type of anti bacti-antifungal ointment I keep in my kit--along with some vet wrap and a couple of salt packets, alcohol wipes and the ussual bandages and a piece of cord and a small hemostadt and a small scissors. What works for you will also provide first aid for the dog & vice versa.

When I was about 10 years old my Grandfather had a Boston Terrier that showed more sense than my cousins hound. They encountered a porky--the Hound got quilled a couple of times, the Boston Terrier seemed to have assesed the situation and just barked at the porcupine. Grampa and my cousin got there and called off the hound then got to the truck and got out the pliers. Some ointment from the first aid kit and a trip to the vet is all I still remember about it...other than my first taste of porcupine (didn't care for it but it wasn't totally repulsive).

By the way...cute dogs!
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Ouch ouch ouch...!

I'll have to keep those first aid tips in mind - my lab would probably go up to a Grizzly Bear and want to play. She'd think a porcupine would make an equally great playmate...

Hope everyone's feeling better!
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Old 04-11-2008, 06:16 PM   #5
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Wait until he disovers Skunks

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Ouch ouch ouch...!

I'll have to keep those first aid tips in mind - my lab would probably go up to a Grizzly Bear and want to play. She'd think a porcupine would make an equally great playmate...

Hope everyone's feeling better!
I think you lab will have a bit more crunching power than that year old Brittany did...even at the hard nip setting

Wait until he discovers skunks !
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