an­i­mal magic

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Dr Anne Fawcett Dr Anne Fawcett is a lec­turer in ve­teri­nary science at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney and a vet with Syd­ney An­i­mal Hos­pi­tals In­ner West. Read her blog: www.smal­l­an­i­

ONE of my clients came home from a work trip to find her fam­ily had con­spired to pur­chase a pair of “minia­ture” pigs from a lo­cal mar­ket while she was away.

Her kids and part­ner had been con­vinced by a wily sales­per­son that while tra­di­tional pigs be­longed on farms, the minia­ture va­ri­ety were per­fect for in­nercity liv­ing.

When she pre­sented the pigs for a check-up, I was some­what sur­prised. The pigs may have been minia­ture, but that’s be­cause they were piglets.

Piglets grow up into pigs and these ones would grow to full size. By this stage the fam­ily were hav­ing some dif­fi­cul­ties.

De­spite offering the piglets their best bed­ding in­doors, all these crea­tures wanted to do was root around with their cu­ri­ous and re­mark­ably strong snouts. Pigs gen­er­ally don’t take to in­door liv­ing the way dogs and cats do.

While they loved the pigs, the fam­ily re­alised their needs would be bet­ter met on a farm where they had space and ac­cess to things they re­ally loved, such as mud.

When adopt­ing any pet it is im­por­tant to en­sure we can ac­com­mo­date their adult size, and pro­vide an ap­pro­pri­ate en­vi­ron­ment that meets their be­havioural needs.

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