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July 25, 2013

Bringing home 'Babe': What you should know before getting a pet pig

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Sprake said young pigs should be fed pig-specific feed and should have access to fresh water at all times.

All pigs need access to the outdoors so they can root, which is an instinctive behavior in which the pig digs in the ground with its snout searching for food and obtaining iron from the soil, which is vital to prevent anemia.

"Pigs are sensitive to both hot and cold temperature extremes," said Sprake. "Therefore they need shelter from the sun, wind and rain … Pigs can also be kept inside as they are easily house-trained or litter-box trained."

Pet pigs, like their livestock counterparts, should be checked regularly by a veterinarian to ensure that they are healthy as possible. They should be vaccinated and spayed or neutered. 

Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University.

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