Unlike veterinarians for cats, dogs, birds, or other small pets, it's not always easy to find the premier health services your miniature pig needs. And, with micro pigs needing more attentive care than many other pets, it's vital that you know exactly what your pig needs and when.
Of course, healthcare for your pet is about more than just taking them to the vet annually for vaccinations and a hoof trimming (although this is important as well). In fact, caring for your pig means knowing when to call a veterinarian, what common treatments you should keep on your hand should your piglet become ill, and common signs that your pig is not feeling well.
Common Pig Ailments are Important to Recognize
Knowing when your pet doesn't feel good is essential to ensure that they receive care whenever they need it.
Like many other animals, pigs will have several signs that they are ill, such as:
- Refusing to eat or drink
- Dull eyes
- A high or low temperature
- Inactive or lethargic
- Excessive diarrhoea
Keeping Certain Medicines and Supplies on Hand is Helpful
Of course, not every illness will mean that you should call the vet. In fact, you can often treat a variety of ailments for micro pigs with supplies you can get at your local neighbourhood drugstore.
But, what supplies should you keep on hand? A few to be exact, including:
- Pepto Bismol
- A thermometer
- Ibuprofen and Benedryl (specifically children's strength and in liquid form)
- Vet Wrap
- Alcohol and Peroxide
- Iodine (for injuries)
- Epsom Salt
In Emergency Situations or Prolonged Instances, It's Always Best to Contact a Veterinarian
While it's true that you can often manage your miniature pig's health on your own, it's also important to know when calling a veterinarian is appropriate. Most often, it's best to contact a vet when your pig has been:
- Vomiting, refusing to eat or experiencing diarrhoea for more than 24 hours
- Constipated for more than 48 hours
- Lying down or unwilling to rise for more than 8 hours
- Experiencing a temperature of more than 102 degrees Fahrenheit
- Rapidly breathing
- Experiencing a drastic change in behaviour
- Experiencing persistent bleeding
Of course, there are other instances in which you might want to contact your veterinarian. What's most important is to recognize the common warning signs to ensure that your pig receives the attention they need.
Your Micro Pig's Health Matters
By preparing yourself with the proper supplies and knowledge to care for your pig should anything happen, you can ensure that your miniature pig remains a companion of yours for many years to come.