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You Will Need
- A pair of pliers or hemostats
- A large bowl
- 2 lbs. baking soda
- 12 oz. vinegar
- A mild pain reliever
- A doctor or vet
- A large tub (optional)
Pull quill out
Remove quills as soon as possible after they are embedded. Get a firm grip on the quill with the pliers or hemostats, and pull.
Combine soda and vinegar
If you are at home and you can't remove the quills easily, combine baking soda and vinegar in the large bowl and mix thoroughly. Immerse the quills in the soda and vinegar mixture and soak them until they're thoroughly softened.
Cut or break off the ends of the quills to release the pressure and make removal easier.
Remove quills after softening
Pull the quills out by hand. They should be easier to remove now that they are softened and the ends have been cut off.
Administer antihistamine and pain reliever
Administer an antihistamine and pain reliever. An antihistamine will help prevent swelling and possible allergic reactions.
Follow up with a doc or vet
Follow up with a doctor or vet visit as soon as possible to make sure you or your pet don't suffer any delayed reactions from the sting.