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Old 10-31-2014, 12:03 AM   #1
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Pixies for Our Pup

Natasha, our 3 yr old cocker spaniel, had a run in with a porcupine. I removed 10 quills from her face - it is over an hour to an ER vet. She stayed surprisingly still for extraction, and seems okay now. Will follow up with the vet tomorrow, but pixies, please, that we got them all out.



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Poor baby. Hope she's okay. You're gutsier than I am. I would have been making the trip to the emergency vet to have a vet remove the quills.
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Thanks. I was prepared for the drive to the ER if she had reacted poorly to us pulling them out, or if there had been any in her mouth or near her eyes.
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Oh, poor Natasha! She must have known you were trying to take away the pain. Hope all goes well at the vet tomorrow.
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Hopefully the quills didn't do too much damage coming out since they're barbed. I'm sure your vet will put Natasha on antibiotics but if s/he doesn't I'd insist on it and/or find a new vet. I'd hate to see all those puncture wounds get infected especially since they're on her face. Give Natasha a cuddle for me. Is there any chance of you posting a picture of Natasha? Love looking at animal & baby photos.
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Ow! I hope she feels better soon.
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Poor baby!

One of our dogs got into a rose bush (& proceeded to eat it!) so I remember how scary it was to remove thorns & then the trip to the vet.
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Ouch!! I've seen my fair share of dogs who've had a run in with a porcupine. Hope Natasha is feeling better!
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Poor puppy! I'm very proud of her for being good while those icky things were being yoinked out of her face. You're a good mom for taking such good care of her! Pixies from me to help her healing!
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Lot's of pixies. she is a good girl, letting you get them out. Porcupine quills are one of my big fears for my dogs.
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Thanks, everyone. She is doing fine - vet said just watch her closely, but there is no evidence of any more quills. He said he preferred not to do antibiotics with only 10 quills ... I didn't argue, since our friend (who is also a vet in AZ) said the same. She's been eating, playing fetch, and does NOT want to go outside

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And one of Natasha and Stitch in the snow last year (she's the one on the left, with the flying ears):

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