Stairs VS Ramps: Which is Best for Your Pot Belly Pig? (Part 1)

You may consider building a ramp for your pot belly pig instead of hoping he/she can tackle the stairs. Photo courtesy of: MegaHowTo.com.

When many people bring their first pot belly pig home, they have to “pig-proof” their house to ensure their pot belly pig stays out of trouble. One thing you may not think about is stairs. Some pot belly pigs have no trouble with stairs, especially when they are younger. However, perhaps after reading this, you’ll consider buying or making a ramp, because they are much better for your pot belly pig in the long run. Here are the pros and cons of stairs.

Stairs:
Pros:

  • If your pot belly pig can go up and down stairs easily, you don’t have to alter your home or buy any new supplies in order for your pig to get around.
  • If you decide to let your pot belly pig go up and down stairs, you don’t have to go through the training process of teaching him/her to use a ramp.
  • Young pot belly pigs that aren’t overweight often have no problem using stairs.

Cons:

  • As your pot belly pig gets older, or gains weight, it can be difficult to for them to see stairs in front of them, which could cause an accident.
  • Very overweight pigs won’t be able to use stairs at all.
  • Using the stairs can put a huge stress on your pot belly pig’s joints. This can cause hairline-size cracks at the elbow joints which can cause your pig to lose its footing and fall, which can result in a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve is extremely painful for a pig, and could result in permanent damage.
  • If pigs are climbing stairs, they may get daring and start to leap off the last step or jump on and off furniture. This could not only cause a pinched nerve, but also a broken leg or back.
  • Pigs do not climb or jump in the wild, so by nature, they aren’t meant to climb stairs.

As you can see, the cons far out weigh the pros. Stay tuned for next week as we weigh the pros and cons of ramps for your pot belly pig.

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