Porcupine quills--Emergency.

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Porcupine quills--Emergency.

Postby Libby » Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:05 pm

Mexi and Alexis took a mouthful of porcupine on our walk around the property today. Neither one of the emergency vets are answering their phones. I've called over and over and over again for the last 20 minutes, and left messages. I'm having a severe case of deja vu (few years ago Gypsy had an emergency and the same thing happened).

Both of them have quills up their noses, in their tongues, on the roof of their mouths, and in the lips and gums. None are in their throats, but they are miserable. I have them both crated right now.

I cut the ends off of the quills, and pulled a few that were sticking from their nose out and this caused a lot of bleeding. I don't know what else to do!

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Postby msvette2u » Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:15 pm

Can you get pliers and pull? That's all they do - either sedated or not.
Give me a call...I might have a few suggestions.

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Re: Porcupine quills--Emergency.

Postby Libby » Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:19 pm

I pulled quite a few out of Mexi's lips and nose using the pliers, and she was good for most of it. I put her back in her crate a bit ago to rest. They are bleeding really badly, is that normal?

My dad is on the phone right now, I will call you when he is off of it.

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Re: Porcupine quills--Emergency.

Postby msvette2u » Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:23 pm

There's a lot of blood due to the face/head having more blood flow, like in people.

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Re: Porcupine quills--Emergency.

Postby patty » Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:30 pm

:crybaby:

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Re: Porcupine quills--Emergency.

Postby patty » Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:37 pm

Googled they mention vinegar to help loosen the quills

http://www.ehow.com/how_2132114_remove-porcupine-quills-dog.html

http://www.howtodothings.com/pets-animals/how-to-remove-porcupine-quills-from-a-dog

"Do you have plain white vinegar? Good. Start pouring the vinegar on the areas where your dog got struck Putting vinegar on it will help loosen up the quill and it will be also easier for you to remove the quills off your suffering pet."

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Re: Porcupine quills--Emergency.

Postby Libby » Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:59 pm

Ok. I pulled as many of the quills as I could, but there was no way I could get the ones inside their mouths. I didn't realize how bad they were until I had the dogs down and we were pulling them. Mexi isn't so bad, she only had a few inside her mouth, but Alexis..oh, my gosh. The roof of her mouth was literally covered in them.

So I tried one of the emergency vets one more time and finally got through (thank God!) I just got back from dropping them both off. I will go pick them up after 2pm tomorrow.

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Re: Porcupine quills--Emergency.

Postby PitBull-Lady » Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:14 pm

oh my, that's quite a Thanksgiving you've had so far.

Beats crazy family stories anyday. So sorry for the babes. I hope the recover quick. :hug:

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Re: Porcupine quills--Emergency.

Postby msvette2u » Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:18 pm

I am so sorry - I hope you have your arms and legs when it's all said and done (and they don't charge you for those, too!)

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Re: Porcupine quills--Emergency.

Postby Libby » Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:23 pm

Oh man, your telling me lol I had to put a $200 dollar down payment on them, and I'm afraid of what the total will be. I got all of the ones on the outside of Mexi's face pulled out, she only had the ones in her mouth, gums and tongue left, so you couldn't even tell she had them by looking at her.

I think Alexis is going to be a bigger bill.

All I can think, is thank goodness my parent's gave me a little money for my birthday roflmao

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Re: Porcupine quills--Emergency.

Postby msvette2u » Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:25 pm

lol the dogs must have sensed the $$ burning a hole in your pocket -- they were trying to save you!!

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Re: Porcupine quills--Emergency.

Postby Libby » Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:28 pm

roflmao roflmao

SO funny you should say that! When my Dad gave it to me last night, first thought that crossed my mind was 'what dog needs what' and when I realized that no one needed vetting, I thought I could save it up for a SAR pack lol lol Silly me!

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Re: Porcupine quills--Emergency.

Postby Libby » Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:29 pm

Something else I was thinking of on the drive home. My dogs never, ever have emergency needs during normal business hours. Whenever something happens, its on off hours.

I think they do it on purpose! roflmao

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Re: Porcupine quills--Emergency.

Postby msvette2u » Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:41 pm

We've been fairly lucky, so far, knock on wood!!

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Re: Porcupine quills--Emergency.

Postby PitBull-Lady » Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:42 pm

That is the truth!!!


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