Have you recently adopted a pig? Whether your porcine buddy lives the pampered life of a pet, or has a more traditional pig’s lifestyle in a barn or shed, you’ll need to take some extra steps to keep him comfy in the summer heat. A local Derby vet discusses summer pig care in this article.
Overheating is a huge danger for all animals in summer. Pigs are no exception. Make sure that Porky always has access to clean water.
Pigs like air conditioning just as much as we do, but they can also get chilly quite easily. Don’t put Porky’s bed too close to an AC duct. Your pig should also have a blanket to cuddle up in on cooler nights. Make sure your pig has access to shaded areas outdoors.
Out And About
Do you like taking your pig places with you? That’s fine, but take care never to leave Porky unattended in your car. Temperatures can reach deadly levels inside cars within just a few minutes!
Keep an eye out for signs of overheating. These include panting, especially with an open-mouth; elevated pulse; and fever. If you notice any of these issues, immediately put Porky in shallow, cool (not cold) water, and contact your vet. Do not pour water over your pig: this can cause them to go into shock.
Fleas, ticks, and other insects are just as bothersome to pigs as they are to anyone else. Check Porky for insect bites regularly, and use non-toxic methods to keep insects off your property. You’ll also need to make sure that your pig is current on any recommended vaccinations. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Pigs–particularly potbellied pigs–can get sunburned, especially if they don’t have mud to roll around in. You may need to put sunblock on Porky.
Swimming is a great way for pigs to cool off. Many pigs are actually great swimmers! Consider getting Porky a wading pool. Choose one with soft sides, which won’t hurt his tummy. You can also let your pig really go swimming. Stick to shallow water, and supervise your pet carefully. Avoid spots with heavy wakes and strong currents. If you go to a pool, take time to show your pet how to get out.
Do you have questions about your pig’s health or care? Contact us, your Derby veterinary clinic, today!