Porcupines are no joke. They’re usually found hiding in wooded areas, but can be hard to spot here in the Sierra [read more]. When a pet comes into contact with this prickly rodent, it’s not pretty. The barbed quills burrow into skin of the mouth, nose and eyes. This is extremely painful.
Often the quills can break off and cause infection and abscesses. Attempting to remove quills yourself may only make the problem worse. Most dogs need to be sedated or anesthetized for quill removal.
If you see a porcupine, observe it from a far.
Keep dogs on their leash to avoid the encounter.
If your pet gets quilled:
- Keep them from pawing at their face; this may cause quills to break off.
- Get your pet to your veterinarian for treatment.
- Quills must be removed to avoid quill migration, infection and further pain
If your dog can’t keep his or her nose out of tempting holes and bushes, try avoidance training. This is similar to rattlesnake avoidance training. Your dog wears an electronic collar and receives quick controlled electronic correction when they exhibit the undesired behavior. The process is repeated to ensure the training is clear and the dog associates the behavior with the correction [read more].
Have you and your pet had a porcupine encounter? I’d love to hear your story, and how you handled it.