Sometimes a new blog idea comes to me in the strangest of ways! Sincerely, I have no idea how some of these topics come to mind! However, most of the topics arrive at my doorstep because of many passionate and dedicated pet pig parent's that reach out to me directly with questions and concerns for their piggies. Some I am able to answer or direct them to a better source for their specific problem and others really do need to seek advise from veterinarians, or multiple vets in some cases. With that said, this week I had a very honest and intriguing topic come up that I know plagues the pet pig world as much as it does farmers and commercial swine. As much as the majority of the "pet pig world" despises commercial hog farmers, there are things that we need to look for in their practices and carry them over in to our pet pigs health. Understand on some level, that hog farmers have been at this a lot longer than the pet pig community has. They know the ups and downs, they know health issues, how to best treat some and what will and wont work. Although there will always be some issues we hope to eradicate with commercial hog farmers, we also need to take a page from their book on other topics. Today's blog post is exactly one of those topics...
Videos that provide an excellent example of the methods we touched on...
An example of working with your pig or training it to be comfortable with routine, non restrained, hoof trimming.
An example of putting the pig on it's back to trim hooves and administer vaccines. Done by Dr Christina Wilson DVM of Equiheart Veterinary Services out of New Jersey. Video posted here with permission of Dr Wilson. (2015)
This video is presented by Zinpro Corporation. It is a hoof trimming of a sow, in the Feet First Chute. Please visit their website video library for further educational guides and materials.
The Hog Blog...
Jodi will be keeping up the blog but we are more interested in guest bloggers! Please contact us via email if you may be interested! Check back to see who our guest blogger is and what topic we will be exploring.