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    Velvet has 16 porcupine quills in her nose!! pics included

    I came back from horse camp last night to find this...




    I was able to get 10 out last night by myself, but the ones in her nostril will need extra hands and will be out this afternoon. She is NOT happy with me! Poor baby!

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    Awwwww. Poor girl! Glad you were able to get some of them out. Are the deep?
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    awwe somebody was putting their nose where its not supposed to be
    hope the rest come out okay!

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    Ouch!!!!!!
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    Ouchies! Poor girl! Nosy, mmm?

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    Yes, she is very curious! She is a yearling and I think in the dark mistook the porcupine for the barn cat. There were a few deep ones and there is still a really deep one in her nostril, that's the one that is going to really hurt I'm sure and the one I'm most nervous about. It's only sticking out about 1/4 inch so it's going to be hard to get ahold of with her wiggling around. At least they are coming out ok and not breaking off
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    Ouchie! I'm glad we don't have porcupines in the uk I bet she'll be staying away from them next time.. although sometimes they never learn!

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    In case you have never had to deal with them before....
    They are not that easy to remove so please be careful amd make sure you get ALL of the quill out:
    Porcupine quills are extremely irritating for most pets and can cause serious infections if not removed correctly. There is a proper way to remove them. First, the whole quill should be removed. If the quill breaks during removal, a fragment will be left under the skin. After some time has passed, the quill can work itself deep into the pet's body tissues where it can cause serious infections or injure internal organs.

    The best method to remove a porcupine quill is to grasp it with a pair of pliers or hemostats near the point where it disappears into the skin, then pull it out with a quick, powerful tug. Most animalss have to be held tightly during this process because it can be very painful.

    The face, nose, lips, feet and legs are the most likely places where you'll find porcupine quills. Animals with lots of quills should be taken to a veterinarian. Anesthesia can make removal of the quills much easier and much less painful.

    Veterinary treatment is sometimes necessary. Veterinarians often prescribe antibiotics to prevent infections following quill removal. You should ask your veterinarian about the use of antiseptics, antibiotics and antibiotic cream. Sometimes, they also prescribe an antihistamine so an allergic skin reaction and swelling may be avoided. A mild pain reliever may be prescribed by your vet, too.
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    Thanks for the info Sandra! That is the way I'm removing them. Although, I just grip the quill with the pliers and she does the jerking It can take awhile to remove them though because that horse nose is soooo sensitive, she can feel the end of the pliers and jerks away. I spent a good 1 1/2 hours last night just to get the 10 in her muzzle. The other 6 are in the open part of her nostril and she would have no part of me getting too close to that area. That is where the deepest one is too. My husband is going to help me so we can get this over with and I will make sure and put some triple anitbiotic and perhaps Nolvasan cleaner on it too when we get done. I didn't know about the antibiotics though but thought I should maybe put her on some SMZs for few days, so I will do that.
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