My family lives in a mountain comunity in Coloradro, and we have three dogs. A british black lab (my hunting hound), 2 golden retreivers. With all that being said i got a phone call (i beleive it was last spring) from my wife, who by the way was LHAO at the dogs trying to shack the quills out of there snouts. On my way home I called my vet to make an appointment to bring these fullsized babies in for quill removal. The info I got from him saved ME alot of damn money and most of all a whole lot of pain for my muts.
He said " Get your dog to lay down, love on them a little, straddle them like your trying to ride a horse (basicly pin them to the ground) try like hell to comfort them before you start. Take a pair of utility scissors and cut the last 1/4 " to 1/2" of the quill (depending on quill lenght), this may cause a little discomfort for you dog, but what it does is releivels the pressure inside the quills. See the quills are (for lack of a better term) pressurized, and with that the end of the quill that is stuck into your dog has small barbs on them (similar to a fox tail weed) and when you relive the pressure by cutting the end off the the quills relax, thus the barbs relax and dont hold nearly as much and should come right out with out a fight from the quill or the dog. "
That was not verbatim but you get the idea.
Any way thats what I did, and yes the dogs still put up a fight a first but no as bad as i have seen
in the past on other dogs that get tangled with a porcupine. Hope this helps any one has this trouble in the future. Better yet I hope it all makes sense.