March 1st is National Pig Day! You may have noticed that pigs are becoming quite popular as pets. These little guys, once relegated to farms, are actually quite charming and adorable, and can make great pets. However, they can be a bit of a handful, so it’s important to do some research before adopting one. A Covington, GA vet discusses some basics of pig care below.
Adopting a pig is a lifetime commitment. Pigs can live 20 years, so make sure you are ready to make that sort of commitment before adopting one. It’s also worth noting that pigs can vary wildly in size. Some do stay rather small, but others can get, well, pretty big.
Pigs can have commercial food for their main meals, but they also need fresh produce. Your pet’s exact nutritional requirements will depend on his age, weight, health, and breed. Ask your vet for more information.
Pigs can be very friendly and affectionate, and are actually highly entertaining to watch. They are also much smarter than many people think. In fact, your pet may very well figure out how to open cabinets or doors!
Proper socialization is very important for these guys. You’ll also need to leash train and house train your pet. It’s worth noting that pigs are often happiest when they have some buddies. Consider adopting more than one.
Your pig will need his own little habitat. You’ll need to provide a hidey-hole and food and water dishes. Entertainment is also important! Offer your pig lots of fun playthings. Toddler toys and dog toys are both fine. If you’re keeping your pig indoors, you may also want to set out a litterbox. Some people use puppy fences to block off their pig’s living quarters. Of course, even if your pet lives indoors, he’ll still need an outdoor area, so he can play and root around. This should also contain a wallow and an outdoor shelter.
Proper veterinary care is important for all pets, and pigs are no exception. In addition to basics, such as spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations, you’ll need to get your pet’s hooves and tusks trimmed. It’s also important to watch for signs of illness. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Please contact us, your Covington, GA vet clinic, with any questions about pig care. We’re here to help!