health and care classes for one or more and has a problem
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These are just a few tips
for good Potbelly Pig health. For more information, please visit our
have serious concerns about your pig's health consult a veterinarian
101-104 Degrees F
70-110 per Minute
20-30 per Minute
Average Litter Size
We recommend these
vaccinations yearly, whether you have 1 pig or a bunch. All vaccinations
in 2cc dosage. We use the loose skin on the flank area.
Sometimes a pea size lump will appear at
the vaccination sight and
remain for 2-3 weeks. This is normal.
**(We find this helps with respiratory infections) given in early fall
of the year
When obtaining all Vaccination be sure that
they are for SWINE
1. Matt Braunschmidt, D.V.M. of Mesa Veterinary Clinic, 1124
Pueblo, Co 81006 (Phone) 719-542-6075
2. Dr. Ian Smith D.V.M. Grand Valley Veterinarian Service, Loma,
3. Dr. Paul Grych, D.V.M. Amigo Animal Clinic, 510 25 Road, Grand
Colorado 81501 (Phone) 970-245-2010
4. Dr. Paul Bingham, D.V..M. Arrowhead Vets, Inc. 1620 L. Road, Fruita,
81521 (Phone) 970-858-8881
5. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
Dr. Tim Holt (Phone) 970-397-1274
Potbellies need regular
hoof pedicures. Some, more than others, depending on the type of surface
spend there time on. In most cases the front feet need more
attention than the back. Be careful of the "quick".
This can grow into
an overgrown wall. If blood starts to ooze, stop immediately. Their foot
trim is one of the
most important parts of their health care, as proper
hoof care will prevent most crippling as the pig ages.
involved in the rescue aspect of Potbelly Pigs, improper nutrition is
one of the most common forms
of abuse we see. Many people think pigs
will eat anything and so they feed their pigs everything. Pigs
fed Pig Food. A Potbelly Pig's weight should be monitored monthly. Their
food should be
rationed and the ration should be increased with age.
Older Potbellies should be fed twice daily.
Along with rationed food you
may give your pig a children's chewable vitamin and a vitamin E.
be given in between meals but these should be limited to fruit such as
and bananas, or unsweetened cereal.
your Potbelly Pig is abuse! You know how your body reacts to excess
weight; imagine theirs.
cause life threatening problems for your Potbelly Pig including eye
blindness, lameness, stress, heart problems, inability to
exercise and an inability to
escape physical danger.
need extra amounts of fluid, such as water or juice, to survive but
avoid drinks with
added sugar. Proper nutrition is the only way to
prevent obesity. The picture below shows a
rescued mother to be
and her babies, The mother was at the unhealthy weight of 285 lbs,
weigh 75-100 lbs. The rescue was from a puppy mill
where she gave birth twice a year and was fed
dog food instead of a
healthy diet. The babies were born very small and under nourished
mother had no milk to give. Babies had to be bottle fed.
hair loss, coughing, low grade fever or bloody diarrhea.
Most Potbellies are worm free. If you are concerned about parasites,
collect a clean stool sample
and have your vet check it out. Ivomec and
AtGard are excellent de-wormers.
a very progressive ailment in older overweight Potbelly Pigs. Try giving
325 mg (a 5 grain)
aspirin two times a day. Flavored baby aspirin may be
a bit easier on your pig's stomach. One children's
Baby aspirin is 81 mg
so four baby aspirin equals 325 mg. Adjust According to Potbelly size.
two types of mange.
nodules that look like small blisters or sores that may contain a creamy
This type does not infect other animals or humans.
by a mite, the symptom is severe itching. The pig may do more damage to
himself by scratching than the mange itself. This type does infect
humans and other animals.
Baths and some
kind of lotion may be "an ounce of prevention".
The disease in
swine is caused by the bacterium Eryssipelothrix Rhusiopathiae and is
manifested by acute or
subacute septicemia and chronic proliferative
lesions. The acute disease has the bacteria in the animals
and causes severe lesions throughout the animals body.
joint lesions and heart lesions are all frequently seen as a result of
this infection. Animals
under three months of age or over three years of
age are less commonly affected.
infection occurs when susceptible pigs contact infected pigs that are
It has been estimated that from 1/3 to 1/2 of all
pigs harbor the organism in their tonsils and other lymphoid
The majority of these animals do not show signs of the disease, they
clinical (unrecognized) infections.
signs of swine erysipelas can be divided into three general headings;
i.e. cause infection,
sub acute infection and chronic infection.
ACUTE ERYSIPELAS -
(find a pig dead)
move - stiff, sore gait
Failure to eat
symptoms as acute form only less severe i.e. lower temperatures and
This form often
is seen three or more weeks after the initial infection and the signs
exhibited result from
the chronic proliferation's typical of the
disease. If the proliferation's occur on the heart valves, then
intolerance is observed. If the proliferation's occur in and around the
joint surfaces than
stiffness and enlargements of the structures are
erysipelas is of real concern to the potbelly pig and to their owners.
This disease is widespread
over the world. Prevention is much preferred
to treatment and bacterins are available that offer protection.
Treatment of the disease is very often successful if started early in
the course of the disease. The
antibiotic penicillin is most often the
drug of choice.
The organism causes disease in sheep and turkeys as well as many other
species of wild and domestic
mammals and birds, reptiles, amphibians,
and fish. Human
infection occurs as an occupational disease
of persons handling and
processing meat from infected animals. The disease in humans produces
skin lesions known as erysipeloid. On rare occasions humans may
develop heart lesions and
generalized widespread infections.