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Subject: Porcupines

steve witz
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Date Posted: 20:07:23 09/21/10 Tue
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Now that bird season is open and everyone is out hunting the dogs. Dont forget some basic 1st aide supplies while hunting. Also dont forget to enter your vets phone number in your cell phone along with the after hours phone numbers should you need an emergency on the weekends or after business hours.
I have 3 of my dogs trained to porcupines but I was unable to teach my Pal dog this last weekend. To make a long story short within 10 minutes of the first day out hunting he found a porcupine.
I did not have any pliars with me. I did not have the vets home phone number on my cell phone. I had to travel 30 minutes time to a town and find a phone book to look up his home phone number. He wasnt home. I then searched a phone book and found a veternary office that was close to where I was but it was after hours and not open. Lucky for me a local person knew the vet and knew where he lived. I ws albe to call him at his house and he agreed to come help me. Finally after almost 1 hours time I had some help for my dog!
Boy was this a reminder for me to be better prepared for accidents that happen to the dogs while out hunting.
The vet said to pull out more then a hand full of quills will be very hard on the dog and it will be very hard to handle the dog. Some of the quills that he pulled out sure took some VERY HARD pulling to get them out.
I had a friend out hunting this weekend and their dog got into a porcupine also. They were camped out miles from anyone and they had to pull the quills them selves. They said pull 2 or 3 and wait 5 minutes or so and pull a few more. But the dog only had 25 or so quills. It took 2 people to hold the dog!
Out of all this I learned to enter all the vets phone numbers in my cell phone along with their after hours phone numbers. I knew where a vet was that was open 24/7 but that was hours of drive time away from where I was.
Nothing makes you feel worse then knowing your best friend is hurting and you werent prepared!!!!!
Be prepared and learn from my lesson.

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