Bellied Pig Health and Information Articles
Just a few of the articles Phyllis has written on the care and
well being of Potbellied Pigs.
Here you will find Questions that people like you have asked Phyllis
over the years with her Answers.
LOTS of pictures of pigs that call Pig Pals Sanctuary home.
Critters Picture Page
A few pictures of some of the other critters that call Pig Pals Sanctuary
Pals Sanctuary Health Care and Information Articles
The Pot Bellied
Pig Health and Information page is a constantly growing work. The information
is the result of many years of living and taking care of potbelly pigs.
Phyllis (the owner of Pig Pals Sanctuary) is not a veterinarian, but does
work very closely with her veterinarian. The information presented here
is for educational purposes only. Any health related information presented
below should be checked out with your personal veterinarian.
The Country - Information on anesthesia problems, constipation,
impaction, prolapsed, susceptibility to pneumonia, eye problems (entropian),
giving IV's, and more.
Aging Pot Bellied Pig - Life span, eyesight, constipation, exercise,
teeth, weight, vaccinations, anesthesia and more.
Temperatures and Your Pet Pig - Effects of temperature changes on
indoor and outdoor pet pigs and susceptibility to respiratory problems
during temperature swings.
Weather and Pneumonia
- What to do should your pig get pheumonia during the winter.
Your Pig Hibernate? - Behavioral changes during winter.
Care - What are "dirty" ears, never put liquids in ears,
how to clean your pigs ears properly.
The Rescue Pig - What the sanctuary does (and what you can do) when
we get an abandoned pig.
You Have a Sick Pig - How to tell if your pig is sick, what to do
if your pig is sick.
Importance of Your Pig Chow - Why we feel pig chow should be the
mainstay of your pig(s) diet.
A Potbellied Pig (For Vets) - This is a highly technical article,
meant for vets, on the procedure for neutering a pot-bellied pig.
and Older - Care of the older (senior) pot bellied pig.
Orphan Piglet: Baby Pig Care - Includes information on temperature
needs, housing, what to feed, how to feed, how to avoid diarrhea and
and Future - A great article on how the pot-bellied pig world has
changed over the past 10+ years.
To Ponder - Covers various health related problems for pigs including
constipation and blockages, cancer, pyometria, dehydration, fever, giving
IV's and more.
Poisoning / Water Deprivation - Yes, pigs are very susceptible to
salt poisoning. Symptoms and what to do if your pig gets salt poisoning.
/ Rescue vs Collector - Many people that call their places sanctuaries
are in reality "collectors". Read about the difference between
"collectors" and legitimate sanctuaries.
Last Hurrah - This is not a subject many people wish to discuss,
but it is necessary that you read and contemplate this article.
To Make Life Easier With Your Pig - Read this article and life with
your pet pig will be easier. Covers ears and ear cleaning, cleaning
the face area, teeth problems, choking on food, treats for the obese
pig, how to put your pig on a diet, how to put weight on your pig, how
to get your pig to take medication orally and more.
Of Interest - An article dealing with the spread of cancers and
pyometria in pet pigs. Includes pictures of a pig with a tumor and pictures
of Popcycle having a 70 pound tumor removed.
Infections, Tumors & Cancer - Another reason to spay your pig!
Includes symptoms and what you can do.
How To Weigh Your Pig Without a Scale - This formula will give you
your pigs weight to within 3% of actual without using a scale or picking
the pig up.
The Pig Stops Eating - If your pig stops eating, you may have a
serious problem. This article covers the most common reasons why a pig
Health Reminder - Tips to help you avoid pig health problems during
the cold and wet months of the year.
and The Outdoor Pig - Tips on how to keep your pet pig healthy during
those long, cold winter days.
The Do's and Don'ts - You MUST check to see if you are zoned BEFORE
getting a pig! This article gives you tips on what to do if you decide
to try and get your zoning changed (BEFORE you get the pig).