What You Should Know Before Adopting a Pet Pig
Some people love pets. Some want to bring home a dog, or a cat, or a hamster, or bunny. There are those who want to bring home a pig. Is adopting a pig the right thing for you and your family?
“Some people adopt a pet pig without fully educating themselves about the behavior and care requirements of these intelligent animals,” according to the article, “Potbellied Pigs as Pets” at BestFriends.org. “As a consequence, potbellied pigs are surrendered to shelters and sanctuaries all over the country, not only for being a ‘teacup’ or ‘mini’ pig who grew too large, but for medical, circumstantial and behavioral issues.”
Pet potbellied pigs are very smart and love companionship. Pigs love their bellies rubbed and taking walks. They also need humans who know how to care for them who can provide love as well as mental stimulation, according to the article.
If you are considering adopting a potbellied pig, the article suggests the following:
• Ensure where you live is zoned for a potbellied pig. If it is, find out if there are any restrictions.
• Educate yourself about potbellied pigs and their behavior and caring for them.
• Learn about pigs by volunteering at a pig sanctuary.
Other important things to consider include what to feed your pig and where they should sleep, according to the article, “Is a Pig Right for You?” at PigPlacementNetwork.org.
It is not a really good idea to keep pigs in an apartment. “Pigs need ample outdoor space, which cannot be provided in an apartment or condo,” the PigPlacementNetwork article said.
Learn about “piggy proofing” your home. Pigs can get into things such as cleaning products, medicine, makeup, and gum!
Educate yourself and find out as much as you can before deciding whether to adopt a pig into your family.
You will help save a life and get a great animal, according to the article, “Top reasons to adopt a pet” at The Humane Society of the United State (HSUS).
Roughly 1 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the U.S. “Most shelter pets wound up there because of a human problem like a move or a divorce, not because the animals did anything wrong,” the HSUS article said. “Many are already house-trained and used to living with families.”
After you have decided to adopt, prepare your home for the new arrival. Start with a vet visit to ensure your pet is in good health.
According to the article, “Top 5 Ways to Prep Your Home for a Puppy or Kitten” at ASPCA.org, there are some important things to consider when bringing home your new family member. They include:
1. Get low to the ground to see things from a pet’s point of view. This will help you pet-proof your home. Things may be on the ground that your new pet can choke on. Keep dangerous items out of reach!
2. Make sure plants are not toxic to pets. Click here for information.
3. Trim or bind electrical cords and cords from blinds.
4. Close cabinet doors and use child-proof locks.
5. Bring home everything they need. That includes litter box, litter, food and water bowl, ID tags, scratching post, and toys for kittens. Provide leash and collar, ID tags, food and water bowl, possibly a crate, and toys for puppies.
The more prepared you are, the safer your new puppy or kitten will be, and you’ll be off to a great start.
Thanks for Supporting Second Home Pet Resort During the Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic that started almost two years ago has taken a toll on people all over the world as well as countless businesses. Many small mom-and-pop businesses truly suffered with many not being able to keep their doors open.
At Second Home Pet Resort, we worked hard to keep our doors open and were thankfully successful.
On March 29, we celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day. The day is not necessarily for just moms and pops. “Generationally owned small businesses brighten our neighborhoods and connect our communities, so we celebrate them on National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day,” according to the article, “National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day” at National Day Archives.
Oftentimes, it’s the mom-and-pop businesses that have a local connection, striving to provide great customer service to those in a community. “They also give us the colors and flavors that make our community unique,” the article said.
Did you know that:
• Small businesses positively influence your local community?
• Mom and pops “might make fewer sales, but locally owned retailers earn triple what their chain competitors make for every dollar of sales,” the article said.
• Since 2001, small businesses were responsible for 65 percent of net new jobs.
• “Local businesses retain 77 million U.S. employees,” the article said.
Second Home Pet Resort thanks all of our clients for their dedicated support through these past two years during COVID. It has not been easy for anyone. We are ever so grateful to each of you for helping us during this difficult time.
We hope for things to get better for everyone. Please stay healthy and safe, and we hope to see you and your pets soon.