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.
MEDICINE & FIRST AID
VACCINES & 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 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.
Yes and no. Pigs are extremely clean in their bathroom
OUTDOOR SHELTERS & SUPPLIES
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.