Discussion in 'Washington Hunting' started by Odin7, Dec 19, 2017.
Same as smokin meat, porkies are better if they are eating hard wood
Until I got this dog, I really didn't give them much thought. Saw them occasionally, but just gave them space and moved along.
I have been luckier than I realized.
That top one is a real mess! It hurts just to look at it.
It must have been feeding on brake lines!
The ones we got were in quakies so they didn't.
Yep - It's all about what they are knawing on....just like everything I suppose..
...aspen... I'm a little slow!
I run two or three Shorthairs every year in the Dakotas and Montana. EVERY dog I have owned has got into them. Dog in picture was three days in a row this year in ND. Some learn, some don't. Some go back and try to bite them right after I pull the quills out. I run e-collars on all my dogs and some have learned from the training described above and some have not. I carry pliers and pull them out immediately on site (otherwise I would be too poor to hunt). The closer to the skin (hard black part of the quill) the better. The hollow white part is soft and will break off. Worst part of country, from my experience, central MT along the Missouri River. Encountered 11 in one day there. We joke about getting limits of Porkies some days we don't get limits of birds.
That is worse than anything I could have imagined and would probably be my dog. She thinks she is pretty smart and wouldn't let it sit that another critter got the best of her.
And to think people in skunk country think they are having a bad day when their dog gets sprayed?
I will start carrying the pliers. Thanks, good tip.
Few more things. If the quills are sticking out the other/far side (like some of the the ones in the dogs leg above) you need to pull them all the way through from that side. They will not come back out the way they went in. I have a first aid kit with supplies from my Vet. and I start them on Antibiotics for ten days after the encounter. Skin glue and skin stapler are also invaluable for the kit. My dogs let me do pretty much anything to patch them up. Some dogs, not so much. If they are uncooperative you can immobilize them by rolling them up in towels/blanket "Super Man" style. Keeps legs from kicking and jaws from biting.
FYI my best Skunk remedy is mixture of Peroxide and tomato juice. Good luck.
Yep I had to put stitches in before good to carry something in your 1st aid kit for that also..
You answered the questions my wife asked when I shared your previous advice.
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