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Old 10-03-2022, 10:32 AM   #1
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Any advice on corse of action? Grab pliers and go to town or get him sedated by a vet? Thanks in advance

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Old 10-03-2022, 10:35 AM   #2
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ouch! if you know your vet and theyll give you an honest answer, maybe give them a call and get their opinion. thats the free first step id do
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Old 10-03-2022, 10:37 AM   #3
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I've been told you have to cut the quills to let the air out of them and they'll pull right out. Never had to try it though, could be an old wives tale.
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Old 10-03-2022, 10:40 AM   #4
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Old coon hunting buddy carried shots to put his dogs under while they pulled them up north.

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Old 10-03-2022, 10:42 AM   #5
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Yes, cut the quills and then pull them. I pulled some from a hog dog once. After that he was deathly afraid of a pair of pliers. For real.
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Old 10-03-2022, 10:43 AM   #6
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Worked for a vet in Big Spring before I headed to A&M- didn't even know there were porcupines anywhere in the area. Had several ranchers bring dogs in to remove quills. We always sedated them and just pull with pliers.
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Old 10-03-2022, 10:48 AM   #7
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Pulled them from cow, coon, and hog dogs just like this.

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Old 10-03-2022, 10:51 AM   #8
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Go to the vet. Quills are barbed and very painful. Also don't want to miss one as they will continue to work its way deeper.
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Old 10-03-2022, 10:53 AM   #9
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Calling our vet now seeing what they say

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Old 10-03-2022, 10:53 AM   #10
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Had no idea we had porcupine in Johnson county!

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Old 10-03-2022, 10:57 AM   #11
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That sucks. I have just let my vet deal with them. I’ve heard that if you clip the far end it helps for removing
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Old 10-03-2022, 11:01 AM   #12
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Man. poor dog.
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Old 10-03-2022, 11:04 AM   #13
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All vets are full. They all recommend the vet er. Here we go$$$ lol

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Old 10-03-2022, 11:10 AM   #14
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Bring him to our clinic here in Whitney. We can do it.
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Old 10-03-2022, 11:22 AM   #15
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It's gonna hurt no matter how you do it if you do it yourself. I'd take it to the vet. The thing is if you miss one it'll work its way clear through to the other side. If it's in a bad spot it could kill that dog.
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Old 10-03-2022, 11:33 AM   #16
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I vote , vet , I pulled out porcupine quills on my dog because the time & distance home
Well I missed a broken one, and the vet X-ray found it and did surgery to remove it from under her nose after infection settled in
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Old 10-03-2022, 11:42 AM   #17
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This is what I dealt with a few weeks back! Never seen quills inside the mouth like that before, but this little JRT is ferocious when it comes to latching onto critters!!!!!

And it was a Sunday and we went to the vet 70 miles away!

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Old 10-03-2022, 11:47 AM   #18
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Ouch!
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Old 10-03-2022, 12:22 PM   #19
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Getting sleepy at the vet here in Glen rose. Pick him up this evening.

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Old 10-03-2022, 12:23 PM   #20
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This is what I dealt with a few weeks back! Never seen quills inside the mouth like that before, but this little JRT is ferocious when it comes to latching onto critters!!!!!

And it was a Sunday and we went to the vet 70 miles away!

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Wow.
He'd do it again today given the chance I bet.
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Old 10-03-2022, 12:24 PM   #21
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This is what I dealt with a few weeks back! Never seen quills inside the mouth like that before, but this little JRT is ferocious when it comes to latching onto critters!!!!!

And it was a Sunday and we went to the vet 70 miles away!

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Gooodness, was the dog going crazy?
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Old 10-03-2022, 12:24 PM   #22
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Old 10-03-2022, 12:32 PM   #23
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That's not too bad. I've pulled 100s of'em. We soaked bread in some whiskey to calm the dog down, then went to work with good pliers. You have to grip them tight, and pull each one out FAST. They will bleed and swell up, but they'll jump on the next one they see, just the same.
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Old 10-03-2022, 12:33 PM   #24
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It depends on the dogs attitude whether you can pull them yourself. I have Blue Lacy’s and Border Collie ranch dogs that get into them regularly. Some will lay there and let you pull them. The others will eat you alive and take your arm and hand off. They go to the vet for them to deal with. If the quills are close or in the eye itself, they go to the vet either way. I have never snipped the quills. You normally get one shot at getting the quills out if they are compliant and they don’t like a second attempt. The quills are painful enough that any additional movement in snipping and then removing are unnecessary. The vets pull them when they are under anesthesia. I’ve never seen them clip and then pull them out. Our livestock guard dogs get into them occasionally but if not severe they fester out in about a week. If your dog is compliant, you can remove them yourself with pliers. If not, a vet is your only option. Be aware, that the vet may not get all of them the first visit. Some will fester out later and become infected in his mouth. Run your fingers around his gums daily for a week or so and check for any new ones that have worked their way out. My vets always put them on antibiotics if it’s a severe case. Good luck. It can get expensive but in the end you are doing the best for your dog.
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Old 10-04-2022, 07:18 PM   #25
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Sedate. Did it once without and it was horrible. Still feel bad for the dog.


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Old 10-04-2022, 08:16 PM   #26
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This is what I dealt with a few weeks back! Never seen quills inside the mouth like that before, but this little JRT is ferocious when it comes to latching onto critters!!!!!

And it was a Sunday and we went to the vet 70 miles away!

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Holy ****!

My brother had a Jack Russell like that. Stone cold killer. Coons didn't stand a chance. Those darn dogs think they are king kong.
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Old 10-04-2022, 08:35 PM   #27
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Had four jack Russell get on one in a wood pile. Thought we where going to see a big coon come out of there. Nah. Never even seen the porcupine. Took 3 hours to pull all the quills out of those dogs.
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Old 10-04-2022, 08:49 PM   #28
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I had a good pointer once that would point porcupines. He never paid any attention to anything except quail or porkys. I was always afraid he would try to bite one but he never did, just held a rock solid point on them. Thank God he didn’t have to go through that and neither did I.
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Old 10-04-2022, 08:55 PM   #29
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That's not too bad. I've pulled 100s of'em. We soaked bread in some whiskey to calm the dog down, then went to work with good pliers. You have to grip them tight, and pull each one out FAST. They will bleed and swell up, but they'll jump on the next one they see, just the same.
This ^^ They will never learn that they can't win next time. Bread in whiskey is a good idea. We just poored whiskey or beer down, which ever they preferred
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Old 10-04-2022, 10:10 PM   #30
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I've never seen a porcupine but they are clearly in Llano County. Our Great Pyrenees have been hit several times. We are south of Llano.

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Old 10-05-2022, 10:30 AM   #31
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Grab pliers and get them yourself. Less stressful on the dog to do it at home.

Donít snip ends and donít pussyfoot around with them. Grab firmly and jerk it out. It hurts and you donít want to double the dogís suffering with half-a**íd pulls and do-overs.


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