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Have you ever found yourself watching videos of pot bellied pigs as pets and considered getting one? If so, you’re not alone! It is becoming more and more common for people to have pot bellied pigs as pets. They generally do well in homes, given they have the proper outdoor exercise, socialization, and care. If you are considering adding a pot bellied pig to your family or if you are curious about these lovable creatures, read on…
Pigs are smart
With a life expectancy of 12-18 years, pot bellied pigs are very intelligent. They can be taught tricks and agility, just like dogs. Some pigs have even been trained as drug detection animals! But all pot bellied pigs need a lot of enrichment to keep their brains active. Toys and interactive games like hanging balls, food puzzles, or searching for a treat in a tub of shredded paper will keep them busy and happy.
Pigs are clean
In spite of the myth, pigs are actually very clean, and they like to keep their house tidy. They also don’t like to go to the bathroom near their food or bedding, so they can be housetrained or litter box trained fairly easily. Also, pigs don’t shed so they might be the perfect choice for families that are allergic to dogs or cats.
Pigs need veterinary care too
Pot bellied pigs rely on their people to give them the proper medical care necessary. It is highly recommended that you have your pig spayed or neutered. Pigs mature quickly, so talk to your veterinarian about when is the right time. When pigs are not spayed or neutered, they become frustrated, aggressive, and destructive. Many times they lose their house training, and males’ tusks will grow very large.
Annual trips to the veterinarian are necessary for a vaccination, nail trim, oral deworming, and health examination. If you have any questions about pig health, just let us know! We have veterinarians on staff who would be happy to see your pig.
Pigs might not be allowed
Before your add a pot bellied pig to your family, check to make sure that pigs are welcome. You will need to check your city or county ordinances and your homeowners association to make sure that you can legally house them.
One final note:
There is no such thing as a mini pig
“Unless you consider “mini” as smaller than a farm pig that can reach over 600 pounds, miniature pigs (also called teacup or micro) are not mini at all. They can still easily reach between 100-200 pounds. Pigs continue to grow until they are about 2 or 3 years old. So breeders and unsuspecting pig parents will think they are getting a pig who is genetically smaller. But as those pigs grow, they require more space and care, which pig parents weren’t prepared for. This is the main reason pigs are surrendered to shelters and rescue organizations.
If you are ready to add a pig to your family, consider adoption. Longmeadow Rescue Ranch has many pigs available for adoption. All have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and dewormed. Many are housetrained and ready to start their new lives!
The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at three locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.