August 2012 THE MYTHOLOGICAL “TEACUP” PIG I’m sure you have heard and read about the widely advertised “Teacup Pigs.” These are the “Micro-Mini Pigs,” “Dandies,” “Pixie Pigs,” “Pocket Pigs,” “Nano Pigs” and other “Specialty-bred” pigs that breeders claim will not grow more than 15-30 pounds. The so-called “Teacup” or “Micro-mini” pigs, are just normal potbellied pigs that have been chronically underfed and malnourished in an attempt to keep them small. These pigs tend to be sickly and unhealthy pigs with a myriad of health problems and very short life spans. The cute tiny “Teacup” pigs you see in photos on “Teacup pig” websites and “Teacup” ads are merely just newborn babies; they are only teacup-size for a short while. SCAMPP members, sanctuaries and shelters receive calls weekly from people who have purchased these “Teacup” pigs and have become very disappointed that their pigs did not stay as tiny as promised. We strongly feel existing pigs need loving homes FIRST, before bringing any more pigs into the world. I’ve heard story after story about these “Teacup” breeds of pigs that did not “Stay small” and I have personally seen many of those “Micro-mini” or “Teacup pigs” that are now the size of any other normal potbellied pig. The term “Miniature pig” is a term used to describe “Small” mature pigs. Miniature pigs are generally considered to be about 1/10 the size of a commercial farm pig. Pigs are very solid and “Hard-bodied.” It does not take a very “Big” pig to weigh 100 pounds. In dealing with inexperienced pig people, we often ask them to describe the size of their pig in relation to the size of a dog. We have seen potbellied pigs at well over 400 pounds; but those pigs have simply been grossly overfed and under-exercised and/or have been cross-bred with other pigs – even with farm pigs. Pig owners can affect their pig’s weight through feeding and exercise, but not the pig’s eventual size. As with humans, some potbellied pigs are bigger or smaller than other potbellied pigs of the same age, but size of parents is no guarantee the size of full-grown offspring. If you still want to purchase a “Teacup pig,” and INSIST on buying one, you could force the seller to write up a contract that if the pig is over the weight “Promised” at one, two and three years of age, you get all your money back.
Animal Nutrition, Animal Feed Supplements, Animal Health
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Tips and advice on the health of your guinea pig
Are you looking for advice on Guinea pig care? If you just want to make sure your guinea pig remains healthy and recieves the care it deserves, then this is the page for you. It is full of tips and advice on caring for guinea pigs – read on! Guinea pigs should not be kept with rabbits as rabbits can pass on diseases to guinea pigs. Guinea pigs require space, ideally a hutch with at least 2sq ft of floor area in size with an extra 1sq ft for each additional animal. Guinea pigs are active animals both during the day and night and require room to exercise, stretch out and stand up on their back legs. Their digestive system requires lots of grass or hay as guinea pig food in order to function properly. Guinea pigs also require vitamin C in their diet as their bodies are unable to make it, they can get this from grass and leafy greens such as kale and broccoli or grass based commercial guinea pig pellets. Guinea pigs’ teeth grow continuously throughout their life and need to be worn down and kept at the correct length and shape by eating grass, hay and leafy green plants. This procedure requires the guinea pig to come into the vets for a day and normally they can go home the same evening. This can be passed onto people so if you suspect your guinea pig may be suffering from ringworm please take them to see a vet and make sure you wash your hands well after handling. These can occur because the guinea pigs teeth grow continually and if teeth are not being worm down by grass/hay they can develop small spurs on the teeth with can cause discomfort, pain and damage to the tongue and cheek. If you notice that your guinea pig is not eating normally or if you would like your pets teeth checked please take them to see a vet. A good diet, a clean environment, regular handling and prompt veterinary attention are the mainstays of good guinea pig care. If you have any concerns about your guinea pig, or just a question regarding their care, always call 01323 640011, or use the contact form on this website. This guinea pig health guide, full of tips and advice on the ideal care of guinea pigs, is provided by St. Anne’s veterinary group which serves the pets and owners of East Sussex through it’s surgeries in Eastbourne, Langney, Willingdon and East Dean and at their homes with the ‘My Visiting Vet’ service.