Archive for November, 2010

How to Introduce a Second Pot Belly Pig to the Family

November 24, 2010

These pot belly pigs seem to be getting along great!

If you are a pot belly pig owner and you’re thinking about adopting another pig, first make sure you have enough space in your home. Many people want to get a second pig because they think their pig is lonely. However, this is probably not true. Most pot belly pigs don’t like other pigs and they’re perfectly happy being the only pig in the house. However, sometimes there are situations that we cannot help and people end up with more than one pot belly pig. Adding a new pot belly pig to the household can turn out to be a great thing, and if you introduce the pigs correctly you can get by with minimal problems. Here’s how:

 

Keep the pot belly pigs under strict supervision or separated for the first couple weeks. The slower you introduce them the better their first confrontation will be.

Introduce your pot belly pigs through a fence so they can get used to eat other’s smell. Then over the next few weeks introduce them for short periods of time. Increase the periods of time each day.

Make sure to introduce them on a neutral territory. Do not allow the new pig to invade your pot belly pig’s space i.e. bed area or food area. Pigs are very territorial and allowing them in each other’s space is asking for a fight to break out.

If your pot belly pigs do get in a fight, you can use a garbage can lid to break up their faces. Also if you keep your pigs on a harness and have someone else standing by, you will have more control over breaking up the fight.

Make sure the pot belly pigs are about the same size. Don’t leave a small pig alone with a bigger pig, or your small pig may be seriously injured.

Remember introducing your pot belly pigs will take time and you must be extremely patient. As they get to know each other, small fights may break out occasionally, but they will learn to tolerate each other and eventually love each other over time.

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How Will the Cold Weather Affect Your Pot Belly Pig?

November 19, 2010

During the winter, it may seem like all your pot belly pig wants to do is sleep. Photo courtesy of Examiner.com.

Just like many people, pot belly pigs do not particularly enjoy cold weather. They often become grouchy and hard to deal with during the winter months, whether they are living indoors or outdoors. Here are some things you may expect from your pot belly pig during the next few months and how to deal with them.

  • Your pot belly pig may be reluctant to go outside to use the bathroom. This is a battle you must deal with. If there is snow, make sure to shovel a pathway for them. Don’t leave a pot belly pig outside for too long when there has been a sharp drop in temperature.
  • Just like humans, pot belly pigs can catch colds. For this reason it’s a good idea to keep some antibiotics around just in case your vet is not available and your pig has fallen ill.
  • Watch for any changes in your pot belly pig’s eating habits. If they are not eating as vigorously as before, this could indicate an illness, such as pneumonia. Take your pig’s temperature and call your vet immediately. If treated early with an antibiotic your pig should start recovering within 12-14 hours.
  • Pigs often become grumpy during the winter months. They’ve been known to make grumbling noises and avoid interaction with humans. Sometimes it may seem like they want nothing from you besides a blanket and a meal. They also tend to sleep a lot more in the winter. Don’t worry they’ll snap out of their seasonal depression in the spring.

Now that you know what to expect during the winter months, it will make it much easier for you and your pot belly pig to make it through the season.

Keep Your Pot Belly Pig Healthy This Winter: Follow These 3 Tips

November 12, 2010

Make sure your pot belly pig has a proper heated home this winter. Photo courtesy of: MiniPigFarm.com.

Winter is approaching and the changing temperatures affect pot belly pigs just as much as they affect humans. Pigs can get colds too and it’s important to take the proper precautions to make sure your pot belly pig doesn’t fall ill this winter. Here are some things to keep in mind and watch for as the temperature falls to make sure your pig stays comfortable this season.

 

  • If your pot belly pig lives outside, make sure she has proper housing. The housing must include a roof over it and a door to shield your pig from the weather. However, sometimes even when your pig has the proper housing, she can still fall ill. Pigs are susceptible to pneumonia, so you may want to consider moving your pig indoors for the winter or at least making sure there is a form of heat in your pig’s home. If you don’t want your pig in the house, make an area for her in your heated garage.
  • Make sure your pot belly pig always has dry bedding. Sometimes an outdoor pig’s home can become damp without you realizing it and wet bedding increases the chances of your pig falling ill and it’s very uncomfortable.
  • If you notice your pig is not eating as much as she usually does, take her temperature. If the temperature of your pot belly pig is above 101 your pig may be ill and you should contact your vet. A common symptom of pneumonia is loss of appetite, so watch for this and if you catch it in the beginning it can be cured without any major problems.