Dry Skin in Pigs

Pigs can be prone to dry skin, particularly in arid environments. Lack of humidity, especially for pigs who live indoors, can cause itchy, flaking skin.

Other causes contributing to dry skin could be skin parasites or diets lacking essential vitamins and minerals. Coat texture can change with the seasons and often, skin will be drier in the summer due to hot weather.

It is not recommended to bathe your pig often as this will reduce the natural oils in the skin and make the problem worse. An occasional bath using a natural pet shampoo with oatmeal or coconut oil is safe. Never use human shampoo on pets.

Treatment at home can begin with using a lotion with aloe such as Avon’s Skin So Soft or liquefied coconut oil. Gently rub small amounts on your pig’s body at least 3 times weekly. It’s a good way to spend time with your pet and is especially enjoyable for your pig. If your pig lives indoors, adding a humidifier may be helpful.

If you suspect diet is the culprit, choose a high quality pig feed and add a variety of veggies and a little fruit. Diet for an outdoor pig is primarily grass.

Pigs normally have somewhat dry skin, so check regularly to make sure it doesn’t become a problem.

If you feel your pig is scratching excessively or the skin is very flaky, it’s a good idea to have the vet examine him/her to determine the cause.

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