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

December 3, 2010

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.

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.

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.


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