Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Porcupines and Dogs

...are not a good mix! In fact, they can be downright dangerous to your hunting dog. These two pics show the extensive damage that can occur to a dog (in this case a pitbull) who decides he or she can "whip" a porcupine. Extensive penetration of the quills of the porcupine can cause local and systemic infection. In addition, the quills can break off and migrate from the origin to other locations in the body, potentially causing infections in other body organs such as the lungs, kidneys, or heart.
If you're in porcupine country, be sure to carry a pair of needle nose pliers in your first aid kit. If you have an extensive amount of quills such as shown here, you're best bet is to get to the vet, so that some type of anesthesia can be administered to reduce pain and swelling.
Remember, porcupines always win.

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