Lets discuss routine vaccine needs in pet pigs. It is an ever evolving topic and one that has garnished a lot of attention over the years, especially as needs and medical advances change. Unlike cat and dog vaccines, pet pig vaccinations are a very grey area! With common companion animals, there are a normal set of vaccinations given annually/bi-annually and as boosters to young. Because pigs are still fighting to be labeled as a "companion animals" and their risks for contracting certain strains of diseases are wildly different, their vaccination requirements will always reflect that. With that said, there is no vaccination list we can broadly give everyone when it comes to making that decision. Sometimes it can be a touchy subject and all of us have our opinions on them and where we feel our pet should fall in to the mix.
*Does my area have a problem with excessive wildlife, diseases in rodents or other pests?
In some geographical locations it may not be unheard of to have major problems with wildlife and pests, this also has a lot to do with weather patterns. Pests aren't always a problem if they are properly managed and there has not been a known disease rise in a certain population. This issue will come and go all the time as certain diseases are on the rise or subside. Make sure to discuss this with your veterinarian if you have caught word that there may be a current issue. Insects, rodents and some wildlife are vectors for disease and if your area has a current problem with them, this must be addressed.
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.