March kicks off with an oink as the nation celebrates National Pig Day. That’s right! It might be the Year of the Monkey, but March 1st will always be Day of the Pig. The holiday, which was started by sisters Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave in 1972, raises awareness about the beloved portly farm animal.
Unsurprisingly, many folks love them so much that they’re often chosen as pets, a controversial move many farmers don’t often support. Still, pig owners defend their love for these farm creatures and believe they offer the same companionship as dogs and cats.
They are easily potty-trained, hypoallergenic and easy to take care of. Owning a miniature pig is a growing trend. Even celebrities have embraced these tiny pets. So, if their little pink snouts and curly tails make you squeal with joy and you’re seriously thinking about getting one of your own, make sure you’re making the right choice.
Be sure to do your research on area zoning laws. Whether you’re in the upper or lower Rio Grande Valley, local governments often regulate owning farm animals. You must make sure your neighborhood is pig friendly before purchasing one. Depending on where you live, there may be certain regulations for agricultural animals like pot-bellied pigs, the most popularly adopted. It is best to do your research to make sure you aren’t breaking the law or need to apply for permits.
Beware of Scams
Many breeders claim to sell “micro-pigs” or “miniature teacup pigs,” but many pet owners fall victim to false advertising. According to the Pig Placement Network, which specializes in the adoption of pigs as house pets, rarely do pigs stay under 50 pounds.
Many pot-bellied pigs grow to 80 to 160 pounds. Nothing guarantees exactly how small the pig will stay, and if you’re hoping to walk around with a little Wilbur in your Coach purse, chances are he’s not going to fit by the time he’s an adult. Make sure to know what you’re getting into.
It’s important to consider all pros and cons when adopting a new animal, especially when it’s an unusual, exotic pet. Remember, you’re not just adopting a pet; this animal will be a member of the family. Valley Animal Hospital encourages all pet owners to stop by our location or call with any questions about adopting a new pet.