Archive for December, 2010

Everything You Need to Know About Pot Belly Pig Illnesses

December 29, 2010

This pot belly pig has a healthy appetite. Photo courtesy of MapleFarmSantuary.org.

Just like humans, pot belly pigs are susceptible to illness, especially in the winter time. Here are some tips about what to look for and what to do if you pot belly pig does fall ill sometime during the winter season.

• A sick pig looks and acts sick. Usually sick pigs will have hair that stands on end all over, like a porcupine if they are ill. Also if your pig is not eating as much as usual, he may be sick. Pigs are not picky eaters, so if you notice yours has become uninterested in food, there may be trouble.

• If your pig is standing with his back hunched and his hind legs under the body, he is sick. This is a common stance that is seen with blockage, stomach aches, hernias, constipation, urinary tract problems and more.

• The most common problem with pot belly pigs is respiratory problems. There are a few different forms of pneumonia that can affect your pig, all of which can become serious if left untreated. Many times pneumonia is accompanied by coughing, but not in all cases. Another symptom is not eating and a high temperature.

• If your pig does have pneumonia, an antibiotic can be given and your pig will most likely be eating again by the following day.

• Another common problem with pigs is constipation, especially if your pig is older. This can be a serious problem if you do not pay attention to symptoms early. If your pig is not eating as much or straining to do his business, you can mix a tablespoon of oil with his food to help. Canned pumpkin and apple sauce also help. If these things do not help, contact your vet.

• If your pig is running a temperature of 102 or higher, you must call a vet immediately.

In most cases, with the right tender love and care, your pot belly pig will recover from his illness and be back to his regular self quickly. However, remember that you are the best judge when it comes to figuring out if there is a serious problem with your pot belly pig. You are the person who interacts with him every day. If his behaviors change, do not ignore the signs. When found right away, treatments can be given to your pot belly pig to minimize suffering and make him feel as good as new.

Tips for Travelling By Car With Your Pig This Holiday Season Part 2

December 22, 2010

Travelling with your pot belly pig is easy when you follow these tips.

Travelling by car with your pot belly pig doesn’t have to be a difficult task. With the proper training and preparation, travelling with your pig can be a breeze. Follow these tips for travelling with your pot belly pig by car.

  • If you’re taking your pot belly pig on long trips, make sure you take a long break every 3-4 hours or your pig may get restless and upset. During the break, give your pig a snack, some water and walk him around for some exercise. Don’t forget to let him take a bathroom break right when he get outs of the car and try to again before you get back on the road.
  • You need to know there is a chance that your pig may get car sick. To help fight this, feed him long before he get into the car and allow him to look out the window so he can see what is going on. If this doesn’t seem to be working, cover his crate with a sheet so he can take a nap without being disturbed. Peppermint and ginger root help humans and pigs calm an upset stomach, so if your pig is getting motion sickness, have some on hand for him to chew on.
  • When loading and unloading your pig, put him in the crate then push the crate up the back of the vehicle using a specially built ramp. You can also use an aluminum ladder for this.

Keeping these tips in mind when travelling with your pig by car this holiday season will make the experience much easier and enjoyable for both of you.

Tips for Travelling By Car With Your Pig This Holiday Season Part 1

December 17, 2010

Put your pot belly pig in a crate before travelling.

Will you be travelling with your pig this holiday season? There are a few things you must do to prepare for a car ride with your pot belly pig. Follow these tips and you’ll have no problem travelling by car with your pig, whether its a quick trip to the vet or a ride across town to Grandma’s house.

  • Crate or kennel train your pig. The crate should be big enough for the pig to stand up and turn around in. The only safe way to travel with your pig is if he is in a crate. Help your pig understand that the crate is somewhere he can feel safe.
  • Check the USDA requirements within your state and the states you are driving through or into. Each state has different requirements for entering and leaving with pigs. Pot belly pigs are included in these laws.
  • Take your pig for short drives in the crate to help him get used to the car. The crate should sit in the backseat of the car. Never put your pig in the back of your pick-up truck unless you’ve taken him on plenty of short trips beforehand. If a pig hasn’t been trained to ride in the back of a pick-up, he may get extremely frightened by the noise and could have a stroke.

Stay tuned for more tips on how to travel with your pot belly pig in a car.