Posts Tagged ‘potbelly pig care’

7 Steps to Follow for Grooming Potbellied Pigs

February 11, 2011

Although potbellied pigs don’t have as much fur as cats and dogs, grooming is still necessary to keep the pigs feeling and looking their best. It is essential to maintain the condition of a potbellied pig’s skin, tusks, hooves, eyes and ears, ensuring that all parts remain healthy.

Follow these simple steps to properly groom your potbellied pig.

  1. Because potbellied pigs have naturally clean skin, they only need an occasional bath. To get rid of excess dirt, rinse your pig off with a garden hose.
  2. Adjust the temperature of the bathwater when bathing your pig, making sure it’s not too hot or cold.
  3. Take your pigs to a wading pool or large showering area for bathing. Scrub your pig with a grooming brush, applying a small amount of mild shampoo mixed with water.
  4. Use a damp cloth to eliminate crud in and around your potbellied pig’s eyes and eyelashes. Be sure to do this on a regular basis.
  5. When removing ear wax, use a damp cloth or Q-tips. Use extreme caution when cleaning out your pig’s ears.
  6. Pay attention to your pig’s tusks (if applicable) and monitor the growth. Your veterinarian should trim the tusks every few years.
  7. Keep your pig’s hooves groomed by trimming or filing with a large emery board or hoof trimmers. If you don’t feel comfortable trimming the hooves on your own, your vet can do also do this for you.

By following these grooming techniques, your potbellied pig will stay happy and healthy for years to come.

How to Recognize Your Potbelly Pig’s Emotions

August 17, 2010
Pigs are very intelligent animals and it’s very easy to tell how they are feeling. Their feelings are much more recognizable than a lot of other household pets. It’s great because I don’t ever have to guess what our potbelly pigs want or how they are feeling. If Leann is grouchy, she will make a loud “grrring” noise and if she’s excited, she will make “oofing” sounds when Leann gets excited for her food.

When Leann is happy, she smiles and wants to be cuddly. I love it when our potbelly pigs want cuddles. Leann and Daisy love their tummies and backs scratched with a back scratcher. They also love to sleep next to us on the floor or even in our bed. The other day my dad cuddled with Daisy on the floor and scratched her tummy with a back scratcher. Daisy laid down on her side for about twenty minutes. Potbelly pigs are very needy animals, however. If Daisy or Leann don’t get their cuddles for the day, then they are grouchy. Usually they will ignore us, get into trouble, or be annoyingly loud if we don’t give them cuddles.

Potbelly Pigs Keep Cool in the Summertime

August 16, 2010
My potbelly pigs love the summertime. We take them out a lot on the porch and on the ground and give them baths. Besides the nice weather, they also look forward to the wonderful summer treats that come with it like watermelon. We usually give watermelon to them when they are not drinking a lot of water or we give it to them as a treat for being good well behaved piggies.

We have sliding glass doors and it’s funny because during nice days Leann lays next to them inside or on the porch and she naps. Besides sleeping next to the windows, our potbelly pig also likes to lie in the litter box  when during the summertime. We figured that she probably does it to keep cool like other pigs lie in the mud. Since she likes to lie in the litter box, we have to wash her a lot so she doesn’t smell. She also tries to eat her litter pellets sometimes and I think it’s because the pellets are made from recycled paper. Some potbelly pigs like Leann will often try to eat a piece of paper that falls off the table or they find laying on the floor. They are really silly pigs sometimes.