SUPPLIES FOR PIG PARENTS
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.
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.
Any fruit is good. Remove pits from stone fruits. Apple seeds/core are fine. Give as treats only to avoid weight gain.
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.
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)
Any mild shampoo for regular baths, degreaser for heavy pig rust
Peanut butter on a licking mat to distract
MEDICINE & FIRST AID
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.
Tiamulin (Denegard, 3.5mg/lb/day 3-5 days) for e. coli
Warm prune juice, pure canned pumpkin, children's glycerin enemas
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
Syringes for saline flushes and injections
16G or 18G needles for injections
Betadine or chlorhexidine for antiseptic flushes
Spray bottle for antiseptic flushes
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
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
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
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)
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
Plastic travel crate filled with towels
Pet hammock for back seat
Tpost clips (free) + tool (or 8" 16G double loop wire ties and an automatic wire tire twister)
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.