The Healthy Pig

Follow these tips to keep your pigs in good health.

| February 2018

Choosing and Keeping Pigs (Firefly Books Inc., 2009), by Linda McDonald-Brown is an expert guide for anyone interested in keeping pigs. The book details everything readers need to know about caring for and keeping a pig, covering topics ranging from housing to health and habitat management. The following excerpt is from Chapter 3, "Pests and Diseases."

Traditional pig breeds are hardy and usually enjoy good health. To keep them in peak condition, you'll need to give them plenty of exercise, fresh air, adequate food and a sturdy shelter.

The owner can look for various indicators in a pig's physical appearance and manner to check that the animal is healthy:

• Bright eyes and an alert appearance

• Shiny coat with no flakiness or red skin, free from skin problems such as lice

• A tightly curled tail

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