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Dog meets porcupine— and loses (again)

It's the veterinarian's (and dog's) worse nightmare — a Labrador retriever comes into the hospital at midnight with a face full of quills.

Updated: December 29, 2004, 4:24 PM ET
By Karen Tobias | Veterinarian
University of Tennessee

It's the veterinarian's (and dog's) worse nightmare — a Labrador retriever comes into the hospital at midnight with a face full of quills. He paws gently at his nose and shakes his head, but nothing helps. His muzzle is swollen and his eyes water with the pain, but he won't let his owner come near him because he knows that what comes next is even worse — the inevitable yanking of those darned spines from his sensitive skin. The Labrador has just met his match — Erethizon dorsatum, ...

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