Caring for Your Mini Pig with our Lewistown and Mifflintown Veterinarians
We want to congratulate you on choosing a mini pig for a pet! Mini pigs are highly intelligent animals and make excellent companion animals, but they do need a specific kind of care to keep them healthy. At Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic and Juniata Veterinary Clinic, we want to help you care for your new pet. Our twin locations include an animal hospital in Lewistown and Mifflintown for your convenience.
Nutrition for Your Mini Pig
Nutrition and feeding is an important issue with mini pigs. They should not be overfed because they can gain weight very quickly and become overweight. Being overweight can cause your mini pig a lot of future health problems, so it’s best to control their food intake.
Mini pigs will eat almost anything! However, you should only feed your little piggie natural foods or a special food manufactured specifically for mini pigs. To insure a long life of good health, don’t allow your pig to eat any foods containing sugar, caffeine, alcohol, chocolate or avocados. It may be tempting to feed your mini pig a few potato chips or a bite of a candy bar, especially if they beg for a tidbit, but for the sake of their good health don’t do it. Substitute a small piece of fruit instead.
Lots of fresh vegetables and fruits are the best food for your mini pig, except for avocados which are toxic. These animals should not be allowed to eat dog or cat food or table scraps. Our courteous staff at one of our locations at an animal hospital in Lewistown and Mifflintown will be glad to answer any further questions or concerns you may have about the mini pig diet.
Special Considerations for Mini Pig Care
Your mini pig needs to be dewormed twice a year to eliminate the threat of whipworms and tapeworms. These worms can severely weaken your pig’s constitution, so deworming is very important to their health. Your little piggie will also need a rabies shot once a year.
Like other pets, mini pigs need to be spayed or neutered so that as they mature the pigs won’t become overly aggressive toward humans or other pets. Also, spaying prevents the females from becoming accidentally pregnant. Female mini pigs can also be at high risk for infections, tumors, and cysts if they are not spayed.
Mini Pig Grooming
As your mini pig grows older, their hooves and tusks should be trimmed periodically. A mini pig can grow long tusks that may interfere with chewing and eating. Hooves and tusks can be safely trimmed by a veterinarian in Mifflintown at our Juniata Veterinary Clinic or at our Pleasant View Clinic by our Lewistown veterinarian. You can pick the location that is the most convenient for you. Call if you have any other questions about mini pig care.
Contact our Veterinarians in Lewistown or Mifflintown
If you have any questions about mini pig care, call us at Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic in Lewistown at 717-248-4703 or Juniata Veterinary Clinic in Mifflintown at 717-436-9790 and schedule an appointment. Our highly-trained vets are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to mini pig care.