Pigs / Porcine
Just like other pets, pigs should have a complete veterinary check-up after they are acquired and then annually after that. Most veterinarians agree that at minimum, pet piglets should be vaccinated against the bacteria that cause the infections erysipelas, leptospirosis, and tetanus. Vaccinations are usually started at 8-12 weeks of age, boostered a month later, and then annually. Other vaccines exist for pigs against infection with viruses, however, your veterinarian will determine, based on your pig’s potential exposure to pathogens, breeding status, and location of where you live, what vaccines are advisable.
What other procedures might my veterinarian perform?
An analysis of your pig’s feces should be performed annually to check for gastrointestinal parasites. If parasites are found, your veterinarian will prescribe appropriate anti-parasitic medications.
Pet pigs also commonly carry mites on their skin that can cause sarcoptic mange which is transmittable to people and other pets. Your veterinarian may perform a simple, commonly performed procedure called a skin scraping to check for mites in which he or she scrapes the surface of the skin with a scalpel blade to obtain skin cells to examine under the microscope.
Veterinarians also will often help pig owners with hoof care and tusk trimming. It is important to train your pig to be comfortable having his feet touched so that your veterinarian can trim his hooves during his annual check-up. Depending on the type of surface pet pigs walk on every day, some may need hoof trimming every few months. Trimming may be performed awake if the pig will lay on its back while its belly is scratched; otherwise, the pig may need to be sedated.
Male pigs have canine teeth (tusks) that grow continuously throughout life and need periodic trimming (usually every 6-12 months in unneutered males and every 1-3 years in neutered males). Tusk trimming is typically performed on a sedated pig.
Finally, for adult pigs as they get older, your veterinarian may want to check internal organ function with a blood test. A blood sample may be taken from an ear or leg vein of an awake pig; however, if the pig protests, he or she may need to be sedated for blood testing.
- Hoof and tusk trimming
- Spay and Neuter
- Specialty surgery
- Teacup Pot Belly
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