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    my friends dog got into a porcupine last night and has a few quills in his feet and a some in his mouth. unfortunately being labour day my friend doesn't think he can afford to take the dog to the vet today but will first thing in the morning. what can he do in the meantime? can he give him something for the pain?

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    Default Re: porcupine quills

    My dog was given BUFFERIN, one per day, when he was sick a few years ago. You can't use Tylenol since it's toxic to their liver or pancreas or something like that, you can't use regular Aspirin since it's hard on their stomache.

    The vet told me make sure it is regular strength BUFFERIN (buffered ASA). My dogs are 60 - 70 pounds.

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    i contacted a friend who has gone through this before and they recommended the same thing... he is going to take the dog to the vet in the morning, said he got most of them out but there are still a couple in the dogs mouth...

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    what vet do they take them too?
    is it not bad to wait? i mean can they not get infected if left in?

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    Sometimes its better to leave them in, especially in spots that are prone to bleeding, until you can get to the Vet. Please advise your friend NOT to trim the tips of them off, as it's an old wives tale. It makes them soft, and alot harder to find and pull out. If they are in the mouth, and it's hard for the dog to eat, maybe moisten up some food to make it easier to eat.
    As long as the dog is seen by a Vet in a few days, usually there is a very small risk of infection.

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    How did the dog make out?? My son was there at the time and called me for advice...I'm assuming is was the same dog. I've been thinking about the pooch and how he is! Let us know k?
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    he's doin fine.... got neutered as well as had the quills removed... hopefully he learned a lesson

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    that rocks! Way to kill 2 birds with one stone!

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    Awesome! Glad to hear it.
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    POOR DOG!!!!! is he still walking

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