Pot bellied pigs, especially those miniature ones, make very good pets. However, like other pet farm animals, pot bellied pigs have special needs in terms of pet meds for common pot bellied pig diseases. And if you’re asking if you can give first aid or preventative pet medications for these common pot bellied pig diseases yourself, the answer is yes. In fact, you ought to learn how to administer common pot bellied pig pet meds if you want to save time and money going to the vet*. Some of the common pot bellied pig pet medications include vitamins and minerals supplement, purgative medicines, common antibiotics, and common pot bellied pig vaccines.
Administering Vitamins and Minerals Supplement
If your pot bellied pig is young and well nourished, then the vitamins and minerals supplement is not needed. Farm animals like your pot are pretty resilient and will most likely lead a healthy life if fed and exercised properly. However, you may need to administer a vitamins and minerals supplement if your pot bellied pig is suffering from a blood defect or approaching old age.
The vitamins and minerals supplement for pot bellied pigs are either administered through pills or directly into the system through shots.
Administering Purgative Pet Meds
Unlike supplements, however, purgative pet medications are essential. Farm animals need to be de-wormed twice a year to kill endoparasites that can thrive in your pot bellied pig’s heart, intestine, and even lungs. Purgative pet meds also include killing agents for ectoparasites such as mange mites, which could cause your pet pig to itch and scratch uncontrollably. These purgative pet meds like Ivomec and Dectomax can be administered either by pill or by injection also. But most vets recommend Ivomec to be administered orally.
Administering Common Antibiotics
If your pot bellied pig suffers from some bacterial disease but is otherwise eating well, your vet may let you go with prescription antibiotics that you need to administer regularly at home. Although you can administer antibiotics yourself, it’s never advisable to guess on what antibiotic to give if your pot is feeling sick. Always, always seek a vet’s prescription when it comes to antibiotic pet medications. Farm animals such as pigs have very discriminating palate, so ask your vet if he or she can give you and injectable antibiotic instead. If it’s not possible, however, don’t despair. There are ways you can trick your pot to take its pet meds with the aid of some tasty treats.
Administering Pot Bellied Pig Vaccines
Like purgative pet medications, pig vaccines are essential to your pot’s health. Vaccination against bondatella, erysipelas, pasturella, and tetanus should be given yearly. Leptospirosis and parvovirus are administered every other year. And if your pot isn’t too fond of vet visits, you can just ask the vaccine from your vet and administer it yourself.
How to Administer Common Pet Medications
Pet medications are administered in two ways only: if it’s not given orally, it’s given as injections. Either way, you have to be creative in your ways of administering pet meds to make the experience pleasant for you and your pot.
Administering pills - Pot bellied pigs have very discriminating palate and highly-sensitive nose, so giving pills to your pot is a bit of a challenge if you’re not creative. Forget about giving the pill as it is; you need to use tasty treats to conceal the pet meds like tasty dough, peanut butter, or cat food.
Administering injections – Injections are easier to administer than pills. Just know if the drug is administered under the skin or into the muscles, and prepare the syringe before you hold your pig to administer. You don’t have to restrain your pot. It has quite a thick skin; they most likely won’t feel the pinch if you administer the injection quickly.
*For potentially lethal pot bellied pig illness like diarrhea or poisoning, always seek a vet’s service for the cure: remember the ubiquitous drug label “If symptoms persist, consult your doctor” – in this instance, your vet.