Pet Care For Mini Pigs
If you are considering getting a mini pig as a family pet-first, it’s good to know that having a mini pig as a pet can be fun, but it is also important to understand how to feed and care for a pig. Before bringing a pet pig home, it is essential that you find a veterinarian in Magnolia, TX that is willing to provide care for your mini pig. Just like pet dogs and cats, a mini pig requires veterinarian care for vaccinations, diet recommendations, and general wellness exams. The good news is Paws to Claws Veterinary Care happily provides services for mini pigs up to 100 pounds. Here is a little information to help you get started on raising a mini pig as a pet.
Potty Training Your Mini Pig
Mini pigs are extremely intelligent, so training them to use a litter box or to go outdoors is no different than potty training a puppy or a kitten and you use the same methods. If you choose to litter train your mini pig, it is important to keep in mind that mini pigs can get slightly large, so it may actually be better to train your pet pig to go outdoors as well as use a litter box.
- To litter train, start with placing newspaper or “puppy pads” on the floor and gradually move it closer to the litter box until the litter is being used. Keep in mind that a traditional litter box made for cats is generally too high for a mini pig, so you should something that is more shallow (about 2-inches deep).
- To train your mini pig to go outdoors, it is important to note that young piglets typically are unable to hold their bladder until they are about 9-months old, so it is extremely important to make sure you take your pig outside about every 2-3 hours. If you start them at an early age, they will get used to walking with a lead and harness, so you can use this time to also take them outside for a walk.
Feeding Your Mini Pig
Mini pigs can generally eat much of the same foods as you eat, however, it is extremely important to monitor their diet to make sure they don’t eat too much salt or sugar. It is important for your pig’s health that they are not over-fed or under-fed, so talk to your veterinarian in Magnolia, TX about the appropriate amount of food and how many times a day to feed your mini pig. Some of the most ideal foods to feed your mini pig include:
- Table scraps that are made with natural ingredients and contain no antibiotics or other additives
- Fresh greens in moderation (too much will cause them to gain weight more quickly)
- High protein grains (because pigs generally cannot eat meat)
- Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
- Mini food pellets
Remember to include a lot of exercise to prevent your mini pig from gaining an unhealthy weight
Keeping Your Mini Pig Happy and Healthy
Your mini pig will soon become a member of your family, so it’s important to treat them as such. Make sure the pig has a comfortable place to sleep, such as a thick “dog” styled bed, blankets, a safe-fitting harness and sturdy leash, clean food and water bowls and plenty of toys. It is also extremely important to schedule routine visits with Paws to Claws Veterinary Care to ensure your mini pig has all of the appropriate vaccinations, is getting the appropriate exercise and nutrition and is in good general health.
If you are currently in the decision-making process of whether or not to bring home a mini pig, it is important to discuss this decision with all family members. Mini pigs are cute when they are piglets, but keep in mind that they can get large, so make sure everyone is on board with continuing the love and care for your pig even when it is no longer a piglet. Mini pigs require a great deal of attention and discipline so it is important to make sure everyone in the house in onboarding with giving your mini pig the attention it deserves.
Contact Paws to Claws Veterinary Care in Magnolia, TX today to learn more information about caring for your mini pig and/or to schedule a wellness exam for your pet mini pig.