Dr. Laura Scalf, DVM
She fixes all my baby pigs. She is very knowledgeable about all animals but she excels in pigs.
Having your pig fixed is very important if you want a good pet. I fix all my pigs before they leave for their new homes. This is included in their price and some breeders charge extra for this to be done. I try to keep my prices low so more people can enjoy this wonderful pet.
CARING FOR YOUR NEW PIG
The following information on care and feeding of Micro Mini Pigs is for those who are just getting started with this wonderful hobby. We have listed some considerations and information for basic care and described the methods we use with my herd. This is our personal opinion based on our experience with Micro Mini Pigs. We are not veterinarians so therefore if you are unsure of a topic related to Micro Mini Pigs health or care and/or administration of medicines and vaccinations please check with your veterinarian as we do not attempt to prescribe or take the place of professional veterinary advice.
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Care and Feeding
Although these little pigs are very smart and can be trained to do tricks, they can be lazy if not properly exercised and socialized. They respond well to positive reinforcement when behaving well, but should not be physically punished. You can train them with praise and treats, but keep the treats to a minimum.
You should walk your pig daily on a leash or allow it to run through the house or yard for exercise or they will gain weight. If you find that your pet is gaining weight, increase their veggies and cut back on grain. They will eat nearly endless amounts of food, particularly high-carbohydrate unhealthy food; if allowed. So it is vital to restrict your pet’s access to the food it craves. They will constantly search for food, and should be kept away from other pets food dishes. You can purchase your special mini pig feed at Tractor Supply or check you local feed store for Mini Pig Food. Pigs are omnivores, equally interested in vegetables, meats, sweets, and carbohydrate-based food. They will eat almost anything. So be very careful of your pigs diet and do not feed them junk food. You want to have a healthy pig, so think healthy foods.
Worming: You should take your pig to a licensed veterinarian for a check up yearly. They should be wormed twice a year with 1% Ivomec orally which is the easiest and best method. An alternative wormer is Dectomax (is a pour on and it comes with a measuring bottle so you do not make a mistake). I would alternate them for better effectiveness.
You can get the Ivomec at some feed stores or ask your vet to give you enough for two doses. Tell your vet you want to give it to the pig by mouth instead of in shots; he will needs to give you a little more than what would be in the shot. If you cannot get it from your vet or find it at your local feed store then you will need to shop on-line. Check for KV vet supply. You are looking for Ivomec for swine, the 1% solution. Remember: Pigs do not handle shots very well so ask if it can be given orally. Some use 2/10th of a cc per 10 pounds if given by injection. Others give 1cc per 50 pounds of body weight. Ivomec is safe and very hard to overdose so do not worry.
Also remember that pigs can build up immunity to Ivomec so it is good at times to alternate with Dectomax. You can order Dectomax from Jeffers Catalog (1-800-Jeffers). It is as good as Ivomec for up to 7 different kinds of parasites including mange.
Vaccinations: If they are required in your area, first check with your vet. Vaccinations should include Erysipelas, Bordatella, and Pasturella on a yearly basis after initial double dose at 6-10 weeks and 12-14 weeks. Be careful: Reactions to Lepto vaccinations are common. Using cat or dog vaccines are unacceptable! Vaccinations can be given either in the butt muscle or in the neck 2-3 inches behind the ear.
ABOUT THE WEIGHT OF PIGS REGARDLESS OF BREED
It’s important not to get hung up on the weight of a pig because pigs have a much higher density of weight compared to dogs and other animals. A 30-35 pound pig is about the size of a dog weighing 15 pounds or less. A 100 pound potbelly pig can be the size of a dog weighing 35-40 pounds, and so it goes!
When looking for a piggy, it is best to have an ideal height in mind, as opposed to ideal weight. We think that the interest in looking for pigs who weigh less than this, or less than that (as opposed to focusing on height) is contributing to insufficient food given to pigs by some unscrupulous breeders.
ACCESS TO WATER
Pigs need access to water at all times. They do not have the ability to perspire, so water is important to them. Some pigs drink a lot of water daily, some very little. Each pig is different regarding water intake.
IMPORTANCE OF BLANKETS
Pigs just LOVE their blankets! They love to hide under them, snuggle in them, sleep on them. They will frequently drag their blankets around the house with them. They are a source of comfort. Provide numerous blankets if possible: one for inside, one for the car, one for outside housing. Old blankets are just fine – they are not fussy!
TODDLER PROOF YOUR HOME
Piggies are so intelligent they can figure out how to get into just about anything. If there is a cupboard within their reach, they WILL figure out how to get into it and help themselves to whatever they find! It is important to ensure the food pantry and poison closet has child-proof locks on them!
LITTER BOX TRAINING
All of our pigs at are litter-box trained before they leave. We suggest using dog litter boxes since they have allow opening in the front. Pigs don’t like climbing over the edge of a traditional cat litter box. We use NON-cedar wood chips or recycled newspaper for the litter.
Yes, some little piggies really enjoy watching TV while they are camped out on your lap! They might even develop an enjoyment for certain TV shows. Some owners put music on or keep the TV on for those times when the owners are not home.
Our piggies will not come with any shots. We do not live in a hogging area so there is little to no risk that our pigs would develop a pig disease. If you live in a hogging area or your vet is aware of some pig disease in the area where you live, then I would recommend giving your piggy the shotsthat are deemed necessary or are precautionary for your geographic location. Check inwith your vet soon after you arrive home with your new piggy to determine vaccination policy in your state.
FEEDING YOUR MINI PIG
We feed our mini pigs the pellets that are made JUST for mini pigs. These pellets are made with the correct amount of protein,12% or 14%, with very little fat content. This Mini Pig Chow is made by several different companies and is available at local farm supply or feed stores. If you are not able to find this specially formulated mini pig food at a local feed store or pet store, please consider asking your Veterinarian if their office could order it for you. Mini pigs have HUGE appetites and can easily become obese. The key to maintaining a healthy weight is to limit snacks, establish a feeding routine, and ensure your little piggy gets plenty of exercise.
UNSALTED POPCORN UNBUTTERED
HAY OR GRASS
GRAPES (FROZEN OR CHILLED)
STRAWBERRIES (SMALL AMOUNT)
BLACKBERRIES (SMALL AMOUNT)
BAD TREATS (DO NOT FEED)
ICE CREAM (TOO HIGH CALORIE)
SQUASH PARSNIPS (MAY CAUSE BLISTERS IN MOUTH)
SPINACH (TOO HIGH SODIUM)
TURNIPS ANY MEAT PRODUCTS OR BONE
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