Pot Bellied Pigs

Urban Livestock & Equine Veterinary Services provides complete medical and surgical services for pet pigs.  Mobile services and in-office appointments are available for pigs, however some surgeries and other anesthetic procedures will need to be performed in our clinic.  Therefore, it is important that you have a way of transporting your pet pig if necessary.  Even the largest potbellied and miniature pigs (upwards of 200 pounds) can be transported in a large dog kennel.  Getting your pig used to handling and restraint ahead of time makes veterinary visits significantly less stressful.   

We provide preventive care for pet pigs including physical examinations and nutrition consultations, vaccinations, hoof trims, tusk trims, and spay and neuter surgeries.  We are also available to provide quality medical care if your potbellied or miniature pig becomes ill or injured.  The most common problems we see in pet pigs are arthritis and other lameness issues, gastric ulcers or other digestive tract issues, respiratory infections, obesity-related problems, and cancer in unspayed females or intact males.

Feeding Recommendations for Potbellied Pigs and Other Miniature Pigs

Hay

Forages such as grass or grass hay should be available to pet pigs at all times. Eating grass and hay promotes healthy digestion in pigs, from helping to wear their teeth down properly to preventing gastric ulcers. Bermuda hay and Timothy hay are healthy choices for potbellied pigs. Alfalfa hay is too rich in calories for most pet pigs. If your pig has never eaten hay before, you can encourage consumption by wetting hay with a small amount of apple juice or other fruit juice. Discard any wet, uneaten hay daily to prevent molding.