Why You Need To Weigh Your Skinny Pig
Skinny pigs are prey animals and are masters at hiding illnesses before it is almost too late. The first signs of illness are often a subtle or drastic weight loss. Weighing your Skinny pig weekly will allow you to spot a weight concern promptly and put you on alert to a potential problem.
How Do I Weigh My Skinny Pig
Pick a time say in the morning before you’ve handed out their daily veggies and pellets.
How Much Is Normal For Their Weight?
What Is A Concerning Weight Loss Amount?
It is normal for Skinny pigs to fluctuate in weight slightly.
Keep An Eye On Them: 20-40 grams
Schedule A Vet Visit: 50 grams or more
When you need to keep an eye on your Skinny pig, start weighing them daily to make sure they are not losing weight daily, if they keep going down, they need medical attention. If your Skinny pig has a large weight loss, you’ve scheduled them an appointment already, the only other thing you can do is start to hand feed to help them not lose anymore. Critical care or making a pellet mash and syringe feeding them is vital for keeping their stomachs going and maintaining strength.
Weight loss can be a sign of many illnesses, so medical attention from an exotic vet, who specializes in Skinny pigs is required. No large amount of weight lost is normal, so don’t wait for other signs to show up, get your piggy in to see the vet right away.