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Pigs as Family Pets

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Planning for Pigs as Pets

Bringing a pig into your home as a pet takes planning and easy preparation to make the pig's transition successful.

Remember to take the following steps before you bring your new pet home.

  • Create a sleeping area for your pig that is safe and worry-free for you.
  • Check with your local veterinarian for vaccination information.
  • Get nutrition guidelines from your family veterinarian so you have the proper foods on hand.
  • Patrol your home to remove choke hazards and small objects that can hurt your new pet.
  • Create a plan to litter-train or yard-train your pig.
  • Educate family members so they can help your pig be it's best intelligent, playful self.

You and your family may be charmed with the thought of adding a pet pig to your home.  Many people have moved forward with finding their new pet, yet not taken the steps to provide appropriately for their pig.  And themselves.

As small and unassuming as a small pig might seem, there are considerations that can make your new pet more comfortable.  They can also create less worry and apprehension for you in the long run.  Also, consider that your city or town may have regulations to be followed by pet pig owners.  You'll want to know any requirements in advance of bringing your new pet home.

Maryann Miller, in Thinking About a Pig, says, "They are very fast learners. The house must be "pig proofed" and you will learn new things like not leaving your purse on the floor where a pig could get into candy, cosmetics, pins or medicine.  A pig can use a doggy door to go outside at will to a safe fenced, dry and clean potty and exercise area. Young children must be made to understand that a pig is not a stuffed toy, but truly an animal to be respected."

Children in your home will eventually outgrow the stage of putting everything from crayons, marbles, coins, string and paperclips into their mouths.  Your pet pig will always be enticed by these choking hazards.  Fastidious housekeeping will become necessary in your home to maintain your pig's health and wellness.

The Joy of Pigs suggests that pet pigs, especially potbellied pigs, were first imported into the United States from Vietnam in 1985.  They were originally intended for public display in zoos, but became a craze and still maintain their popularity as household pets.  Pigs can be small and cute when you adopt or purchase them.

Know that realistically, they may become 300 pounds.  Overfeeding can increase their weight.  Watching their weight can help them maintain it somewhere between 100 and 150 pounds.

Your pet pig is smart and teachable.  With proper training and guidance, you will be able to teach it to use a litter box, and walk beside you in your neighborhood to keep it healthy and fit.  Playing with your pig will delight you, especially when it returns a toy that you've thrown across your room or yard.  Dog-like habits can be encouraged, including snuggling near your chair or on your lap.

Your pig will be virtually non-allergenic to family members, clean, generally quiet, playful and clean.  Regular grooming will help them maintain their odor-free hygiene.  In hot weather or sweltering summer months always remember to provide plenty of fresh water for your pig to refresh in.  Yes, a mud bath is also a good choice. Integration with household dogs or cats should be fairly easy to accomplish.  Your pig will be mild mannered and want to be everyone's friend.

Veterinarian Lorrie Boldrick said, "There are more pigs around than one would guess."  She sees an average of 5 miniature pot-bellied pigs each day, "so I'd say there are more than several hundred in Orange County (California) alone."  And, in just the United States there are an estimated 40,000 family potbellied pigs.  Because they've been abandoned and sheltered or adopted, Boldrick said, "Maybe 30% of the pigs I see are in their second homes."  This is not devastating news to Raena Barry, founder of the National Committee on Pot-Bellied Pigs.  "Pigs will be better cared for," she asserts.

Check with your local veterinarian before you bring a pig into your family.  They may know of a well-mannered pig in need of your good home.  Your vet will also advise you on nutrition needs and vaccinations to create and maitain good well being for your new family pet.

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  •           8/29/2017

    I love Balboa Pet Hospital! Balboa Pet Hospital's staff is amazing! The staff is knowledgeable, caring and above all honest! I feel confident that my pets are getting the best possible care there. The staff has always taken time to answer all of my questions and if I think of something after my appointment, I can just email! I know I won’t have to wait too long for response.

    Unfortunately, this year I’ve had to make some really difficult decisions. The compassion the staff showed to both my pet and I made these unbearable times tolerable. I am indebted to both Dr. Del Rosso and (the wonderful) Dr. Ravn for their kindness, compassion and dedication.

    If you are new to the area or just looking for a new vet, please give Balboa pet Hospital a call!

  •           6/5/2017

    LOVE everything about this place!!! The people are all super nice & caring. I never feel like they’re trying to sell me stuff I don’t need. The vets (especially Dr. Alice Chan) are wonderful, I always fee; comfortable coming here whenever Walle has an issue. They even help me file the insurance claims after each visit! Would highly recommended any pet owners to see them for their fur-baby needs.

  •           6/5/2017

    My dog has been a regular patient since 7 years ago. Once in a while we visit other hospitals due to time conflicts. However, we always go back to Balboa Pet Hospital. My dog has bad allergy and the doctors and assistants always follow up with us after the treatments or visits, help us submit the insurance claims. It’s not a cheapest place to go but their patience and caring are irreplaceable.

  •           4/28/2017

    I’m glad to have found Balboa Pet Hospital near my home. It’s definitely a hidden gem! Dr. Chan saw my dog, Oreo, for her skin problem last week, and my three cats, Pepper, Tofu and Cola, today for annual check-up. She’s very patient (especially with Oreo who’s shy to strangers), knowledgeable and approachable. The front staffs are also very friendly and helpful. They are so prompt to reply my email (within a few hours when I checked back my mailbox). All my pets are about 1-year-old and I’ll definitely bring them here for their health issues/checkup in many years followed.

  •           5/4/2017

    Brought my dog here for a checkup and some minor concerns. Dr. Chan was very professional. She got my dog the treatment he needed and answered all my questions regarding my concerns. The rest of the staff were very friendly and gentle with my dog. You could tell that the staff are genuine animal lovers; definitely something you want when you entrust the health of your pet to someone.

  •           5 of 5

    Been bringing our animals to Balboa for over 25 years and will continue because they provide great advice and care. We love Dr. D and staff are really helpful and friendly. Now if I can find medical care for myself like my animals get at Balboa...

  •           5 of 5

    I have been a patron of Balboa Pet Hospital for almost 500 years now (wink). I love Everybody there and feel they are have always been a great resource and the BEST support system for everything pertaining to my pets.

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    The staff is very kind and gentle, the doctors are very caring and patient when dealing with my scared cat Lulu. I appreciate the time they took to put her at ease and making this procedure as painless as possible for the both of us. Will definitely be spreading the word. Thank you Balboa Pet Hospital.
     

    Linda P.

    San Francisco, CA

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