To remove porcupine quills from a dog, take it to a vet if at all possible since at-home quill removal can be painful, dangerous, and difficult. Also, never attempt to remove quills around the eyes or mouth at home since it's too much of a risk.
Porcupine quills in dogs can cause serious skin and tissue damage. If you cannot safely remove them from your dog because they are too agitated then you definitely need to go to the vet. At the veterinary clinic, your dog might be put under a general anesthesia, depending on the severity of the attack.
The process of harvesting valuable porcupine parts begins with removing the long guard hairs. It’s best to wait a day or two to allow the carcass to taint slightly, which loosens the guard hair and quills. Collecting the hair is easy—just grab a handful and gently pull.
The best way to remove porcupine quills is simply to pull them out. Because of those nasty barbs, you'll need to work firmly but delicately to prevent the quill from snapping off. In case that does happen (and you prefer not to have a doctor dig the barb out of your skin), you're not in much danger.
Collect the quills. You can do this on site or at home. Act like you're petting the porcupine from head to tail. Nothing should try to stick you if you rub it right. Then, while petting it, grasp a group of quills between your fingers and pull at the same angle you were petting. They will pop out.
By Heather Smith Thomas — Removing porcupine quills from pets, cattle, and other livestock is an unpleasant task for everyone involved. T he porcupine is a peaceful, timid rodent whose unique method of self-defense often causes grief to inquisitive animals. A porcupine can be very damaging to trees (killing them by eating the bark), and a hazard to curious livestock.
Porcupine quills are commonly found embedded in the muzzle, face, head, and neck of dogs, but can be found anywhere. The trouble is, quills keep moving inward. Learn more about porcupines, quills and dogs and what you need to do if your dog is "quilled" by a porcupine.
Coyote Peterson volunteers to be 'quilled' by a porcupine to show viewers a quick and easy way to remove them. In the event that you or your beloved furry friends ever have to go through the unpleasant experience of having porcupine quills removed, you might think to just pull them out as quickly as you can.