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How to remove porcupine quills in a dog | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Videos

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education video, we demonstrate how to remove porcupine quills in a dog (or rarely, a cat). When in doubt, make sure the patient is sedated with an analgesic and thoroughly explore and remove all quills!

  1. Best tip I’ve learned is to pull the shortest pieces/deepest/broken off quills first – otherwise if you pull a quill nearby it could stretch the skin and the other tiny quill piece beside it will disappear under the skin (and migrate…).

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