Springhill Equine Veterinary Clinic is all about pet pigs! We are here to provide everything your pig needs, and to give you all the information you need to be a great pig parent! (352) 472-1620
If you have been scouring the internet for a veterinarian not only willing but eager to treat your pet pig, look no further! Dr. Vurgason is a lifetime potbellied pig owner, and has a true passion for these unique and lovable creatures. Here at Springhill Equine we offer veterinary care for your pig that is personalized, well-researched, and effective. We understand what you want: a healthy, happy pig, and a reliable source to go to for all your pig questions. Let Dr. Vurgason be that source, and know that you are taking the best possible care of your pet pig.
- Pig Wellness Package
- Preventative Healthcare
- Annual Piggy Ice Cream Social
We love our pig patients so much that each year we hold a Piggy Ice Cream Social in their honor! Our past ice cream socials have been a huge hit with pigs and their owners alike. We offer kiddie pools and watermelon for the pigs, as well as frozen yogurt and free entertainment for the humans! Make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest information on all of our upcoming events. Don’t miss our next Piggy Ice Cream Social in the summer of 2018!
Here at Springhill Equine, we offer an annual Pig Wellness Package to cover all of your pig’s healthcare needs in one easy visit! The Pig Wellness Package is a flat rate of $198.00 (sedation included!) Once we take care of all of your pig’s routine services for the year, all you will have left to worry about is teaching him to shake for a treat!
The Pig Wellness Package includes:
- Physical exam
- Rabies vaccine
- Tusk trim
- Hoof trim
- Nutrition consultation
Obesity is by far the most common problem we see in potbellied pigs. While fruits and vegetables make excellent treats, a pig feed formulated specifically for mini pigs should be the mainstay of your potbellied pig’s diet. The two commercially available mini pig feeds we routinely recommend are Mazuri Mini Pig Food, and Nutrena Country Feeds Mini Pig Feed. Both of these feeds are available locally. It is very important to limit your pig’s feed intake by the time they are 4 months old; they don’t need to eat much to stay healthy. An adult potbellied pig should typically be fed no more than 1-2 cups of pellets twice daily. This can be adjusted based on size, weight, access to grass, and level of exercise.
Encouraging exercise is also an important step to maintaining a healthy weight for your pet pig. We recommend training your pig to walk on a harness as a piglet, and reinforcing this training as often as possible.
The best type of harness for a pig is an H-style or A-style harness that has 2 buckles: one on the strap in front of the forelimbs and one on the strap behind the forelimbs. Some dog harnesses will work, or you can buy a harness specifically designed for potbellied pigs. Use healthy treats like fruits and vegetables to train your pig to put on the harness. Remember, patience is a virtue! Walking on a leash is a good place to start, but don’t be afraid to get creative with your pig’s exercise.
Protect your pig from disease
If you have a pet potbellied pig that lives at home and is not exposed to other pigs, it does not need the vaccines that commercial pigs raised for meat would receive. Most of those vaccines are against upper respiratory and reproductive diseases which are extremely rare in potbellied pigs. For pet pigs that spend some or all of their time outside, we recommend a Rabies vaccine once annually. Depending on where you live, Rabies vaccination is often required by the county for all pet mammals living on your property.
Take the best care of your pig
Tusks and hooves continue to grow throughout the lifespan of both male and female pigs. Your pig should have a hoof trim and tusk trim once a year as part of his or her annual healthcare. Tusks are pigs’ only weapons, and can become a safety hazard if they are not trimmed regularly. Pigs that live indoors or in an enclosure of sand or soft dirt usually do not wear down their hooves enough by walking, and need them to be trimmed routinely. The safest way for these procedures to be performed is by a veterinarian and with your pig sedated.
Pigs have emergencies too! Springhill Equine is pleased to offer 24/7 Emergency coverage for all of our pig patients. Dr. Vurgason is always available to answer your urgent questions after-hours, and our clinic is always here for you to bring your pig in when he or she needs immediate attention.
If you have a pig emergency, call our 24/7 Emergency Hotline at (352) 474-5007 to reach the veterinarian on call.
Pet Pig Myth Busters
1. True or False: Female pigs do not grow tusks.
False! While female pigs’ tusks may grow slightly slower than males’, they do continue to grow throughout the pig’s life. We recommend having your pig’s tusks trimmed once annually for the safety of their human and animal housemates. A tusk trim is included in Springhill Equine’s annual Pig Wellness Package!
2. True or False: If you do not castrate male pigs, they will develop a distinct odor known as “boar taint.”
True! This is one of the best reasons to have your pig castrated at a young age. Castrating early will also help to prevent aggressive and unwanted behaviors. Here at Springhill Equine we will castrate any pig over 10 lb!
3. True or False: If you never expose your female pig to a boar, she will not come into heat.
False! Female pigs will typically come into their first heat between 5 and 7 months of age. They will then continue to cycle every 21 days year-round. You may notice unpleasant behavior changes with her heat cycle, including mounting, vulvar discharge, vocalization, and aggression. Springhill Equine offers pig spay services as well!
4. True or False: Mini pigs or Micro Mini pigs will grow to a maximum size of about 35 lbs.
False! If you recently acquired a “Mini” pig, you most likely have a young Potbellied pig. The average adult size of a Potbellied pig is 80-120lb, although there is a very wide range. In our professional experience, “Micro Mini” pigs do not exist. There are very inbred mini pigs that are highly prone to health problems and typically don’t survive past a few months of age. Dr. Vurgason is a great resource for any questions you may have before adopting your first pig!
5. True or False: Fruits and vegetables are a healthy snack for your pet pig.
True! Fruits and vegetables are great low-calorie treats that your pig will likely be willing to work for! Just make sure that the mainstay of your pig’s diet is a complete feed formulated for pet pigs (such as Nutrena Country Feeds Mini Pig Feed or Mazuri Mini Pig Feed). A complete exam and nutrition consultation is included in Springhill Equine’s Pig Wellness Package, and Dr. Vurgason is always available for free pig nutrition advice!
Call us today! (352) 472-1620
Let us help you be the parent your pig deserves!