Holiday and Party Safety Tips for Pet Pigs

No matter the season, it’s important to practice safe pet maintenance when it comes to large gatherings year-round. Hosting events can be stressful enough, but the added anxiety of wondering, “Hey, did you see the pig eat those flowers?” is the icing on a severely concerning cake. Between food, lights, plant, presents, and people, extra precautions must be taken to ensure your pet piggy’s health and wellbeing. Below, we have listed a few essential tips for keeping your beloved potbelly safe.

 

  • Separate them from the party. You might be tempted to show off your adorable pet, but the noise and excitement can upset a pig. Even pigs who aren’t normally shy may exhibit shy or violent behavior when overwhelmed. Section off a bedroom for your pig to enjoy all by himself.

 

  • Say no to confetti. Strings and strips of thrown confetti may become lodged in your pig’s intestine. If ingested, he might need surgery. It’s better to err on the side of caution.

 

  • Say no to fireworks. If you live in a city or highly residential area, this is likely a no-brainer. Regardless, if there are fireworks occurring outside, they may upset your pig. Secure them in a safe, escape-proof room—especially on the 4th of July or New Year’s Eve.

 

  • Unplug decorations. This is especially important for strands of Christmas tree lights. If your pet doesn’t recognize an electrical cord (i.e. if something new and seasonal shows up), he might bite down on it.

 

  • Ensure your party guests understand your pig’s diet. Though considered to be the vacuum cleaner of pets, pigs should not eat scraps provided by people. Moreover, if you want to gift your pig a holiday treat, make or buy something pig-friendly.

 

  • Know what is or isn’t poisonous. This is important for normal pig maintenance, but it is especially important around major events. Chocolate, alcohol, balsam, mistletoe, pine, and cedar are all highly toxic.

 

Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to my blog, Potbelly Pig of My Heart! My name is Sarah, and I am a potbelly pig fanatic! I’ve grown up with these adorable, unique animals my entire life, and this website is meant to be a place for potbelly enthusiasts to meet, share their stories, and utilize my advice and resources.

 

Potbellied pigs have become popular pets in the past several years. In fact, at the 2010 Golden Globes Awards, vouchers for Royal Dandie Miniature pet pigs (pigs that stay under 40lbs) were given away to guests. These incredibly social and intelligent creatures were popularized by American celebrities in the early 2000s, and their stardom has only grown from there. They’re cute, they’re well-behaved, and—if you’ve had an experience similar to mine—some of the best pets you can keep.

 

However, getting a potbelly is a pretty big investment. Their lives can span between 12 and 18 years, but they have been known to live well into their 20s. Additionally, their more popular name—pygmy, teacup, or the more colloquial miniature pig—is a slight misnomer. Though they start out small, they can grow to be pretty big animals, reaching full maturation after three or four years. Most experts say that your potbelly, regardless of build, should be at least 50lbs. However, it is more common to have a pig that sits right between the 75lbs and 100lbs mark.

 

To this end, most potbelly pig parents don’t quite know what they’re in for when they adopt that cute, 15lb baby. That’s where I would like to help. A seasoned potbelly pig breeder and parent, I know how to care for these tender, smart, and—quite frankly—big animals. However, I know that I am not alone in my expertise and experience. This site will host a variety of forums on all things potbelly pig-related, as well as a blog with some of my how-to tips and guides. If you are seeking advice regarding potbelly care, this is the place to be.

 

Here’s a video of potbelly pigs so you can see these amazing creatures. Enjoy.