Thursday, October 2, 2014




How to remove porcupine quills from the dog

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Curiosity kills the cat and curiosity can also be the downfall of a dog if it meets a porcupine. Dogs are very inquisitive animals. Dogs are noted for being good hunters because of their prey drive. Scurrying things will not escape the attention of these animals. After investigating a slow moving spiky creature, the dog would run for dear life screaming like a banshee with the face and the body all covered with porcupine quills.

A porcupine is a type of rodent commonly found in Asia, America and Africa. Porcupines have a very efficient weapon they use against their predators – their quills. The quills that are scattered amidst the fur of the porcupine serve as protection against the animal’s enemies as they are released when the body gets in contact with any object. Removing the quills that were embedded on the body of the dog will be very difficult as the quills are held firmly in place by the backward pointing barbs.

The dog that has lost the bout with a porcupine will be in pain and so that it would continuously paw at the quill until they are broken and more difficult to remove. The barb of the quills that remains embedded in the skin can result to abscesses. As the quills are designed to move forward, they can get embedded deeply into the dog’s skin and in time can even puncture an internal organ. It is therefore necessary to remove all the quills.

A dog that was not intimidated by the porcupine will continue on tormenting the “poor” creature until hundreds of quills are stuck inside the dog’s mouth. The quills will stand like miniature spears all over the face and the body of the dog. The dog will be in pain thus removing the quills will be difficult because the dog will struggle. This is definitely a job for the vet as it would be necessary to anesthetize the dog. Moreover, the mouth is a sensitive area and removal of the quills must be done by expert hands.

A few quills on the face, snout and body can be done at home. First aid method will be necessary to save the pet from immense pain and discomfort. The dog will naturally struggle so it would be best if the pet is restrained by another person. Use heavy gardening gloves as protection against the quills. Needle-nosed pliers can be used to grasp the quill. So that the whole quill can be removed, the pliers must be positioned close to the skin. After all the quills are removed, use hydrogen peroxide to wash the affected body parts.

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