Some dogs never learn

This is not one of my patients (I'm assuming there is a dog under there somewhere).  I'm not sure quite where this image that I pilfered actually came from, but I know I've been real close to there, wherever it is!

Dog versus porcupine

I used to live and practice veterinary medicine in a mountain town in Colorado and we had dogs come in all the time that looked similar -- not nearly as bad, though. Even without a face to speak of, I can tell this has got to be some kind of terrier (bull terrier?) because they are so stubborn that never give up and because they seem to have no sense of pain, so only THEY could actually get quilled that bad.  Is that "breedist" of me? :o) The smart dogs, we saw only once. The dumb dogs, we saw over and over again for getting quilled (sorry, but it's true), sometimes twice in the same week! Probably even the same porcupine..... The porcupine was probably thinking, "YOU again? Seriously? I can't believe you came back for more! All righty, then, let's dance!"

Sometimes, as I'm sure they were in the case above, I was very happy that quills don't have a natural poison or toxin on them. So the worst part is that quills can migrate through the entire body, causing ANY number of mild to serious maladies, depending on where they end up -- lungs, heart, trachea, liver, knee joint.......Quills do not show up on radiographs and they can slip through fascial layers while you are (I was) standing there, hemostats in hand, looking right at the darned thing and trying to grasp it to remove it. They are horrible! I used to groan when the emergency line would ring right around dusk. I knew it was another one of these silly dogs!  Or the same one again, ugh!

 

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  • PS -- I KNEW it had to be a terrier. :o)
    Heather, 5 years ago | Flag
  • So do you know what poor veterinarian actually had to deal with this dog? This picture just showed up on a friend's facebook page and he didn't even know where it came from. I borrowed it from him to illustrate my point. Out of the quill cases I saw, I only saw half as bad as this. I don't even know how they found a vein to hit for the de-quilling sedation / anesthetic. Looks like maybe the lateral saphenous or femoral? Hopefully, there IS no pain associated with de-quilling! This one must have been under for a long time.
    Heather, 5 years ago | Flag
  • The backstory on that dog is that it is indeed an American Bull Terrier, and yes, it did survive its horrible quilling.

    Talking with my sister (AKDD), it seems that the degree of quilling can be a rough indicator of likelihood of recurrence; The worse the dog gets quilled, the more likely it is to be a repeat customer. Maybe it's because the dog has a nice ugly memory of porcupines coupled with an aggressive response to distress ("Hey, you guys hurt! I'm gonna getcha!"), or maybe because they're having so much fun at the time that they got quilled that they simply didn't care about the pain, and then failed to associate the later pain of de-quilling with the actual event of *getting* nailed in teh first place - I think of this as the 'frat boy' response. But whatever the underlying reasopns, there does seem to be an at least reasonable link between severity and recurrence.
    MaskedMan, 5 years ago | Flag
  • I would completely freak out if that happened to my dog. And I don't even have a dog!
    green64, 5 years ago | Flag
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