SPS is one of the most common problems we see in pigs. That may sound ominous, but SPS isn’t a disease, or even a medical issue. It’s actually a term for Spoiled Pig Syndrome! While this sounds cute, SPS often presents itself as behavioral issues, such as grumpiness or even aggression. It has also led to quite a few of our porcine patients becoming obese, which certainly can cause medical problems. We can help! Read on as a Dahlonega, GA vet offers some tips on how to properly care for a pig.
Petiquette is very important! Pigs are actually much smarter than many people give them credit for. Your cute pet should obey simple commands, like Sit and Stay. You’ll also want to teach them to walk on a harness. Address any bad habits, such as nipping, right away.
Pigs can be absolutely adorable. They’re never cuter than when they are snuggling up with their favorite blankies. Make sure your pet has a few comfy plush blankets to cuddle up in. They may also appreciate a sweater on chilly days.
We probably don’t have to tell you that pigs love food. Be careful not to overfeed your pet! You may find that your little buddy quickly becomes, well, not so little. Stick to small treats, like Cheerios, cheese crisps, grapes, and plain popcorn.
Pigs often get quite mischievous when they are bored. Offer your four-legged pal lots of toys. Most dog toys and toddler toys are fine. Your pet may also enjoy going on ‘treasure hunts.’
Pigs In (Their Own) Space
Pigs can do very well as pets, but it’s important to realize that they have their own specific needs. Your pig should have his or her own private space inside your home. A large dog crate with comfy blankets and toys is a great option. Your pig should also have a fenced in spot outdoors where they can just play and root around. Make sure your pet always has shade, shelter, and water outside.
Pigs are very friendly and sociable, and get quite lonely by themselves. Pay lots of attention to your porcine buddy! Many pigs are quite affectionate, and love to be petted. Your pet may even enjoy belly rubs!
Do you have questions about caring for your pet pig? Call us, your Dahlonega, GA vet clinic, today!