A mini pig smiling.

Mini pigs are adorable exotic pets to add to a family. Before you run out and adopt one, though, you want to be sure that you have what you need to safely have pigs as pets in your space. Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is here to help you decide if a mini pig is the right pet for you and your family:

Not as Mini as You Think

The name “mini” pig can be kind of misleading. A lot of people picture a tiny little pet that can easily fit in with all your other inside pets. Mini pigs will grow, however, and since there are about 15-20 different breeds, it’s really hard to say just how big they will get. Most mini pigs will eventually reach anywhere from 150-180 pounds (which, granted, is much smaller than a 600-pound pig). They also might take five years to reach their full size, so it can be hard to gauge just how big your pig will be. If you do not have a big house or a lot of outside space, a mini pig might not be the right pet for you.

Warm-Up Period

Pigs do not immediately bond with their people like other animals might. Pigs get scared with new surroundings, so it might take them a little while to warm up to you. Give your new pet pig some space and let him get used to his new surroundings. Eventually, you two should form the bond you want to have. 

Pigs and Food

The phrase “eating like a pig” did not originate out of thin air. Pigs really do love to eat. Be sure you are prepared for the sheer amount of food (and feeding) they will require to feel satiated. This does mean that you can get your pig’s attention whenever you need to, however, because they are very food motivated. Keep some treats in your pocket when you go for a stroll, and your pig will definitely come to you when you call. 

Space and Company

Pigs need to spend a lot of time outside each day. This means that you must have access to a huge outdoor area where your new pig can graze. Giving your pig time outdoors also means he will be less likely to try to root your rug, which is helpful for you both! Pigs are very social creatures, and they need time with other animals (or humans). If they do not get enough, they might start to become destructive in your home. 

Veterinary Care

Just like other animals, pigs need regular veterinary care to maintain their health. They require regular hoof and tusk trims, for example, to avoid injury. A veterinarian specializing in care for pigs as pets will want to see your pig annually to make sure everything looks good with her health.

Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is here to help you give your mini pigs the best life. Our mobile veterinary services can come to you to make it easy to get the veterinary care you need. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call (818) 614-9929.