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  1. Help Your Piggie Slim Down

    In popular culture, we tend to see images of overindulgent pigs helping themselves to whatever humans will give them, but in reality, this is not an entirely healthy depiction of pigs. Pigs love to eat, and will eat just about anything, but too much food can lead to health problems. If you find that your pig has gained some excessive weight, there is no need to panic. Instead, you\'ll have to place your piggy on a small diet. The type of diet plan you give your pig all depends on the breed,...
  2. Pig Profile: Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pig

    n today's society, we most often see pigs as our next meal, which is a shame when considering their personalities and lovable nature. Get an idea of their playful demeanor in this video:


    They are lovable creatures, but due to the pig's popularity as a house pet, more people abandoned these hogs when they grew larger than expected. There are a number of efforts around the world to find them homes, such as the California Potbellied Pig Association...
  3. Large Black Hogs

    From Large Black Hogs

    The Large Black, otherwise known as Cornwall Black or Devon, are pigs that originate from Britain, and became useful for extensive farming because of their natural foraging instincts. They are not well-suited for intensive farming, which is why their numbers declined post-World War Two, as more farmers turned to intensive techniques. Because of this shift in farming methods, the breed of this pig almost became extinct in the 1960s, but their numbers have been slowly...
  4. New Virus Affecting Piglets

    There tends to be overreaction from media and government officials upon word of a swine-related disease spreading rapidly. The swine flu panic that took place in 2009 was supposed to be the virus that would spread uncontrollably around the world, but this proved to be a false alarm. There have been numerous cases of pig viruses, but very of them posed a real threat to the public.

    And even though the pig diseases hasn't harmed humans on a major level, these types of diseases are still...
  5. Coccidiosis in Piglets

    Coccidiosis is a parasitic infection that can multiply in the intestinal tract of animals. It is a disease that affects a wide range of animals, including humans, but especially young piglets. It mostly spreads by feces and contact with infected animals. Piglets that are up to 15 weeks of age are the most vulnerable. Although death from coccidiosis is avoidable, piglets can perish from this outbreak if not given proper medical treatment.

    Symptoms

    Even though coccidiosis is deadlier for...
  6. Hogs in Britain (Part One)

    Is Britain doing the right thing by exporting its pigs to China? A new hog-based trade agreement with China may not be an ideal business venture for England, but it will prove to be a lucrative source of income.

    Britain is a country teetering on the brink of financial decay, so the country is looking for new and innovative ways of bringing in revenue. And it appears pigs will become a new avenue of income. In a $73.6 million trade agreement, Britain will export pig semen to China to improve...
  7. Hogs in Britain (Part Two): Recycled Pig Feed

    In my previous article about hogs in Britain, I ended with a bit about overconsumption in Britain, and how instrumental hogs could be in reducing waste. It sounds like a good idea on the surface, but there are some obstacles and ethical questions.

    The pig is finding itself in a more prominent role in cash-strapped Britain, where many are looking to cut costs and make money. And various groups have a different roles for pigs in British society.

    One of them is to use food from retail and...
  8. Is Your Pig Ready For The Stage? (Part One)

    Think your pig has what it takes to make it in the show world? Training any animal for show purposes can be controversial because of the stress involved when it comes to the show and training, but it doesn't have to be, if the training is fun for the animal. Reward the animal with treats, and spend intimate time with them by touching and rubbing their bellies. You want your pig to be as comfortable as possible.

    Whether your training a dog, pig or goat, training sessions should always be an...
  9. Great Pets if You Can Find Them: Middle White Pigs

    Middle Whites were considered the pork of choice during the early 1900s, but they entered into rare status towards the late 20th century. The breed was first developed in 1852 by Joseph Tulley, a weaver from the Yorkshire area of England. At the time, these pigs were popular attractions at fairs. There were only Small White and Large White classifications, but Tulley developed the Middle White that did not specifically meet qualifications. But the breed was eventually introduced throughout...
  10. Hogs in Britain (Part Three): Teacup Pigs

    In my previous article about hogs in Britain, I discussed the commercial value in exporting prime pigs to China, along with using them to address Britain's food waste problem. But there is another facet of British society where hogs are finding themselves in the spotlight again. More British residents are seeing teacup hogs as lovable pets.

    On the surface, this may sound wonderful for the pigs, but not necessarily. As with any other fad pet craze, the end result is usually hundreds of...
  11. Pig Profile: Warthogs

    In one of my other pig profile articles, I highlighted the babirusa of Southeast Asia, a wild pig with an intimidating appearance, but there\'s another tough pig that is worth discussing. The warthog is a form of pig commonly found in grasslands and plains area of Sub-Saharan Africa, and the pig gets its name from the warts on its face, which comprises of fat pockets for defense and fighting. This is the only form of pig that has adapted to grazing. It is an omnivorous pig that will feed on...
  12. Is Your Pig Ready For the Stage? (Part Two)

    In part two of this article, I\'m going to discuss ways of training your pig to do certain tricks for the show circuit, but teaching them is more than simply impressing attendees and judges. Not only will you get plenty of attention with your well-disciplined pig, but you\'ll also have a chance to bond and properly train your pig for off-stage life. There are hurdles when it comes to training pigs, since they have short attention spans, but they are smart, they remember things, and you can...
  13. Thinking of Getting a Pig? (Part Two: Tricks)

    Training a pig can be rewarding and fun, but you may be mystified over what types of tricks a pig can learn. Pigs are smart animals that can learn a wide range of tricks, but it all depends on the personality of the animal. There are basic tricks that any pet should learn, but there also things pigs can learn that may shock you.

    Potty Training

    Pigs can learn to relieve themselves indoors like cats. This trick mostly apply to pot-bellies or miniature pigs. Young pigs don't have full control...
  14. Top Seven Pig Foods For Your Pig

    As stated in previous articles, pigs are not living garbage disposals that can eat anything, but they can eat most things. Pigs are omnivores, able to eat plants and meat sources, and they are hefty eaters with voracious appetites. But there are some foods they need in their diets. Whether you're raising commercial or pet pigs, here are some things that are healthy foods for your pig.

    Corn
    This will be in your grain category. Corn is the most typical of foods you're going to find in a pig...
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