We tend to think of pigs as creatures that wallow in dirt and mess, but pigs require proper care and maintenance as any other pet would. However, pigs require less upkeep, since they are fairly capable of looking after themselves, and you don\'t have to deal with heavy fur. If you\'re thinking of getting a pet pig for your home, caring for them is easier than you may think.
The skins of pigs are naturally clean, and do not need to be washed on a frequent basis. Only bathe your pig if it gets dirty outside. Otherwise, cleaning should be done on an occasional basis. If your outside pig washes itself in mud, don\'t bother to wash it off, since it is likely protecting itself from the sun\'s rays. For bathing a pig, simply rinse your pet with a hose, and brush away any dirt. Use lukewarm water. You can use a plastic tab outside, or your shower area. Use a grooming brush and a mild soap if the pig gets dirty.
Like any mammal, pigs will get crust around their eyes and eyelashes. Be sure to wipe away the crud often to prevent excessive accumulation. A simple damp cloth will suffice to wipe away any crude or dirt.
Ears will need to be cleaned as well. In this instance, you can use a damp cloth as well, or you can use Q-tips; however, you need to be very careful when inserting any object into a pig\'s ears. For Q-tips, do not insert too deep into the ears, and be cautious as you\'re cleaning the inside canal.
Pigs need to have their hooves trimmed from time to time. How often all depends on where the pig walks. If the pig walks on a rugged landscape, then chances are that they don\'t need to be trimmed that often. But if your pig is less active, then you\'ll need to be extra vigilant in trimming down your pig\'s feet. Simple goat shears will work as a trimming tool. For more information on trimming a pig\'s hooves, refer to my previous article on trimming a pig\'s foot.
This is something that not many pig owners have to worry about, especially for neutered males. Males that aren\'t neutered grow longer tusks. A pig\'s tusks will need to be removed for the sake of the pig\'s health, and to protect humans and other pets. Tusks will need to be trimmed every two years, at minimum. However, this is a job only for a veterinarian, and it requires anesthesia to accomplish this. If your pig is one that has tusks, find a local vet who will accept your pig as a patient.