5 Steps to a Pet-Pig Friendly Home

Pig proofing your home can reduce your likelihood of having to make an emergency trip to the veterinarian. Here are some simple steps that can take to keep your home safe and pet–pig friendly for your family member:

      1. Build a Great First-Aid Kit
        Having a first-aid kit on hand will give you the provisions you will need if your pet pig has a minor medical situation. In the event of a serious or life –threatening incident, the supplies in the kit may help you keep your pet pig stable until you get to the veterinarian office,

        • Adhesive tape
        • Bandages
        • Co-Flex flexible bandage
        • Cotton balls
        • Gauze pads
        • Gloves
        • Hydrogen peroxide (3 percent)
        • Scissors
        • Thermometer- rectal
        • Tweezers
      2. Keep Poisonous Substances Sealed and Out of Reach
        Pet pigs love to taste almost everything around them. Unfortunately, they seem to like the taste of many foods, plants, and chemicals that are poisonous to them, and they can ingest a dangerous or lethal amount in a short time.ChemicalsChemicals of all kinds present a danger to pet pigs. Cleaning supplies may look like enticing pig toys to be opened or chewed on, and many people keep them in the cabinet under the kitchen or bathroom sink. If you have a pet pig who is able to get into cabinets, invest in a lock or move the chemicals to a safer location.Other chemical dangers include paint cans, lawn care material, and winterizing products. Always make sure that these products are properly sealed and safely stored away. Antifreeze tops the list of chemicals that poison pet pigs because of its sweet taste. Puddles of antifreeze lurk in garages, in driveways, and on roads. Never let your pet pig lick or drink from a puddle, it could contain antifreeze or other toxic substances.Toxic Foods

        Foods that are safe for humans can be toxic to pet pigs. Store any toxic foods in your upper cabinets or on your highest shelves. If your pig is clever enough to open doors, use childproof locks on your cabinet and refrigerator doors.

        The following are some foods that are toxic/ not safe to pet pigs:

        • Meat
        • Alcoholic drinks
        • Apple seeds
        • Caffeinated drinks
        • Pits from peaches, plums and cherries
        • Xylitol, an artificial sweetener
      3. Keep Your Home and Yard Escape Proof
        A pet pig who can walk off into the unknown is at risk. You will need to take extra measures to keep them safely inside.Indoor dog gates or baby gates are an easy way to keep your pet pig away from open doors. Make sure that the gate is strong enough to prevent pushing the gates over.Be extra cautious if visitors or maintenance workers are going in and out. Asking them “not to let the pet pig out” is not a realty safety precaution. If the danger of your pet pig escaping will only last for a short time, you can put them in their crate with a treat.If your yard has a fenced-in area, make sure that the fence is strong enough to contain your pet pig. Also make sure that the fence is flush enough to the ground to prevent rooters from escaping (you may need to lay cement for more persistent pigs).Accommodate Your Senior Pet Pig

        There are numerous ways to keep senior pet pigs and pet pigs with arthritis happy and comfortable, including food and water bowls, orthopedic dog beds, and even heated bed warmers.

        Reduce Clutter around the Home

        Reducing clutter around your home will lessen the chance that your pet pig will chew on items that can be hazardous to their health. And giving your pet pig a more enjoyable alternative to destructive chewing will help minimize the random chewing of items around the home or the house itself, including baseboards and drywall by shifting their chewing desires to a durable kid’s toy.

        Does your pet pig like to chew paper? Get rid of those piles of newspapers and magazines.

        Prevent Destructive Chewing

        Our homes are filled with electronic gadgets, such as smartphones, tablets, and remotes. Pet pigs have been known to chew on these items; in fact, it is estimated that pet pigs damage some 3 thousand or more worth of electronic devices in the U.S. every year! In addition to having sharp metal or plastic pieces, these devices often contain highly dangerous materials. Don’t leave your gadgets strewn around the house in places where your pet pig can find them.

      4. Don’t leave electrical cords exposed
        Curious pet pigs might find themselves behind your TV or near a lamp thinking its rubber cord is a fun toy. Because pigs explore with their nose and mouths, electrical cords are extremely hazardous. You can purchase cord protectors to keep them off limits when you’re unable to supervise.
      5. Place human food out of reach
        It doesn’t take long for pet pigs to figure out where all the goodies are stored. Human foods, especially those that are notoriously poisonous for pigs and foods pigs should not eat to keep them safe and healthy, and even their pig food, should be securely stashed away to avoid messes, overeating, and harmful ingestion when you’re not able to supervise.

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