Vaccinations should include Erysipelas, Bordatella, and Pasturella on a yearly basis after an initial double dose at 6-10 weeks and 12-14 weeks. Tetanus should be given on a yearly basis. Leptospirosis 5 way and Parvovirus are recommended for breeding females. Be careful, reactions to lepto vaccinations are common. No rabies vaccine is approved for miniature pigs because of extremely low incidence of swine rabies in the United States of America. Cat and dog vaccinations are unacceptable. Lymes vaccine is not approved in miniature pigs. Remember, vaccinations are expensive and if they are doubtful in value, should be avoided, especially since occasional reactions do occur.
One of the most important decisions you will make in the health of your pig is which veterinarian you will use. Most veterinarians are either farm animal or companion animal oriented. Companion animal veterinarians in general are unfamiliar with pig diseases, medicines, and physiology and are uncomfortable handling pigs that can be quite vocal and disrupt their practice environment. Farm animal veterinarians are more familiar with pigs but not in a companion form and may find it difficult to incorporate a pet animal mentality into their thing. Also, farm vets are no longer available in many areas, so choosing a vet becomes a serious dilemma. Some recommendations may help. First, make sure the practitioner is willing to learn, has a personable manner, and is willing to say, "I don’t know." Ask about their experience with micro mini pigs or teacup pigs. Talk with other pig owners who use that veterinarian and listen to their opinions and experiences. Find out about vaccinations uses and routine care practiced by the veterinarian. Here are some guidelines.
Knowing when to call a vet is very important. Time can sometimes be critical. A general rule is when in doubt, call. But here are some things to look for:
· Persistent vomiting for more than 24 hours (especially if yellow)
· Unwilling to eat for more than 24 hours
· A high temp of more than 103 degrees
· Diarrhea for more than 24 hours
· Constipation for more than 48 hours
· Lying down for more than 8 hours
· Unwilling to rise· Painful abdomen
· Persistent bleeding· Blood in stool
· Seen eating something potentially poisonous or obstructive
· Sudden behavioral changes
· Raised areas on skin
· Rapid breathing·/ Panting