SUPPLIES FOR PIG PARENTS

FEED
Good quality mini pig pellet

1-2% of body weight daily (2 cups = 1lb).

Our preferred brands:

  • Manna Pro Potbelly

  • Nature's Best Organic (Tractor Supply)

  • Champion Potbellied Pig Food (Ross Mill Farm)

  • Sharp's Mini Pig Feed (expensive)

  • Kruse Feed Pot Bellied Pig Pellets

*Purina Pig & Sow Nature's Match is a good short-term option that is not high calorie, but the farm pig pellet brands tend to be coarser and may lead to ulcers long term.

**Mazuri often leads to dry skin and eye seepage, but is a good option for some pigs.

Salad

Any vegetables your pig wants! Potatoes should be cooked (can cause stomach upset if raw). Celery and cucumbers are great low-cal options. Note that carrots and peas are high in sugar.

Fruit

Any fruit is good. Remove pits from stone fruits. Apple seeds/core are fine. Give as treats only to avoid weight gain.

 

Treats

Any horse or pig treat is ok. Avoid dog and cat treats, they are often high in sodium. Pigs can consume chocolate as a treat, pigs are not sensitive to theobromine like dogs.

Avoid salty foods in excess 

This includes dog and cat food as well as canned veg. Some sodium intake is fine (all mammals need some sodium). Excessive salt intake can lead to salt toxicity where the pig will then take in too much water that then leads to dangerous brain swelling.

SUPPLEMENTS

Skin

Daily vitamin E (approx 400iU) and fish/flax oil (1-3 capsule) daily, weekly selenium (approx 200mcg)

Apply coconut oil topically, not orally (not good for cardiovascular system) or any other mild topical moisturizer. Only apply late in day to prevent sunburn

Joint (prevention or treatment)

Daily chondroitin (7-14mg/lb/day) and fish oil with max DHA omega-3s (25mg/lb/day)

Tumeric and CBD oil are a good options too (Kahm pellets are a good choice)

BATH SUPPLIES

Any mild shampoo for regular baths, degreaser for heavy pig rust

Rubber brush

Peanut butter on a licking mat to distract

MEDICINE & FIRST AID

Pain management

Acetaminophen (5mg/lb) or buffered aspirin (5mg/lb) 

Ulcer (prevention when on pain meds or treatment)

Pigs are very prone to ulcers, especially when on long-term pain medication. 

Daily omeprazole (20mg) and sucralfate (0.5-1 g every six hours), tums and famotidine (40mg/day) as needed.

Anti-diarrhea

Loperamide

Tiamulin (Denegard, 3.5mg/lb/day 3-5 days) for e. coli

Constipation aids

Warm prune juice, pure canned pumpkin, children's glycerin enemas

Penicillin

Durvet injectable IM (1mL/100lbs/day for 1-3 days)

*Important for treating erysipelas

Tick removal and prevention

Advantage II (use same dosage as for dogs and cats)

Permethrin 10 spray, sprayed on affected area

Tick twister or tweezers to remove

First aid

Gauze wraps

Neosporin

Syringes for saline flushes and injections

16G or 18G needles for injections

Betadine or chlorhexidine for antiseptic flushes

Spray bottle for antiseptic flushes

Tweezers

DEWORMERS

Ivermectin or doromectin (any brand), 1% injectable for swine

0.1mL/10lb injected IM or 0.2mL/10lb in food, repeat in 10-14 days until mange or worms is gone

 

 

If your pig has mange, also bath the pig with medicated shampoo 1-2 times a week and wash all blankets/bedding/harnesses in hot water weekly. For severe cases, also use mange shampoo and Permethrin 10 spray as directed.

Fenbendazole (aka Safeguard or Panacur) 0.1mL/10lb in soft food, repeat in 10-14 days until worms are gone

VACCINES

Vaccinating against tetanus and erysipelas (CAN BE DEADLY) is highly recommended. Fallowsure Gold is recommended for the latter.

There is no standard rabies vaccine for swine. Some jurisdictions require pet pigs be vaccinated against rabies. A canine rabies vaccine can be used, follow your vet's recommendations

TOYS

Treat dispensing toy like Kong wobbler with Cheerios

Rubber tire toy with peanut butter inside

Licking mat with peanut butter

Tarps, the crinkling noise is a pig favorite!

Cleaned plastic bottles with holes and Cheerios inside

BEDDING

Some pigs will shred bedding such as comforters, sheets, and dog beds. It can be very dangerous as they can swallow the stuffing or fabric and get an obstruction!

We recommend K9 Ballistics beds (expensive) or a pile of fleece blankets (inexpensive, hard to shred)

LITTERBOX

Concrete mixing pan

Rabbit cage tray

Litter: paper pellets, pine shavings, newspaper, equine pellets Iit is ok if pig eats the litter), no potty pads - pig will shred!

OUTDOOR SHELTERS & SUPPLIES

Insulated, draft-free shelter (rubber strips over door)

Small plastic kiddie pool, double layer to reduce breakage

Shade tarps

 

TRANSPORT AIDS

Plastic travel crate filled with towels

Pet ramp

Pet hammock for back seat

 

FENCING

Hog or cattle panels (welded wire fencing)

Tposts

Tpost clips (free) + tool (or 8" 16G double loop wire ties and an automatic wire tire twister)

Hand held tpost driver

Gate

HOOF & TUSK TRIMMING SUPPLIES

  • Dremel with coarse sanding barrel or Hoof Boss with coarse sanding disc

  • High-quality hoof nippers (for severe overgrowth)

  • High-quality goat shears (for small cuts)

  • Toe nail clipper tool (for "hang nails" between toes)

  • Gigli wire and handles for tusks. We like these with built-in handles.

  • Hearing protection

  • Eye protection

  • Dust mask