I'm a suburban gal who has moved to a rural PA area nearly three years ago. We've "inherited" two beautiful dogs, a Golden Retriever, and a Border Collie/Australian shepherd mix. It was very windy the other night, preceeding a snowstorm that hit yesterday afternoon. I woke up to find my front door blown wide open, and both my dogs gone. Later in the afternoon, my father in law found them running alongside the road headed home from the next town over. Both thier faces were loaded with porcupine quills. My husband pulled 38 of them from the snout and gums of our Golden, and 27 from our BC. Our BC, Maigrey, has been quiet and subdued ever since, and this morning she came to me and I found two more quills, one under her tongue and all but buried inside her jaw, and the other similarly buried along her jawbone underneath. We managed to get both out. The Golden still has a quill stuck in his gums that we cannot get out. There's been varying opinions on this. We were told that quills are covered with a fatty acid that prevents infection and shouldn't worry about it. Then, we were told we should cut it out, because quills will work thier way to the animals' brain. Now... I'm not terribly educated about animals, and the person who said this owns a herd of sheep and goats, not to mention four dogs, three emu, ducks, geese, chickens, and cats. I'd hate to laugh it off if it might be true. So, can anyone give me the skinny on porcupine quills?