Oral Health for Pet Pigs
February 4, 2021
The above image shows severe plaque buildup on the top and bottom teeth before cleaning, and clean teeth after scaling to remove plaque and polishing to help prevent future buildup.
By Brina Lopez, D.V.M., Ph.D., DACVIM (LAIM)
February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and oral health is just as crucial for your pet pig as it is for your cats and dogs. While many may think that pigs only require their tusks to be trimmed, pet pigs can also develop significant dental disease that, beyond bad breath, can result in other health problems including pain, behavior problems, and even infection.
Midwestern University’s Equine and Bovine Center recommends yearly evaluation and professional cleaning of your pet pig’s teeth. Under the direction of a board-certified anesthesiologist, we will place your beloved pet pig under general anesthesia to allow for a thorough evaluation of the mouth and teeth, tusk trimming, and teeth scaling and polishing to remove tartar and plaque. Radiographs may also be used to evaluate the health of individual teeth. To minimize the need for additional appointments that may require sedation, our veterinarians can also trim hooves and administer vaccinations at this same visit.
The information contained in this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional health advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment. Always consult your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding any possible health conditions.
Brina Lopez, D.V.M., Ph.D., DACVIM (LAIM), serves as Assistant Professor in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the Equine and Bovine Center at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. The Equine and Bovine Center utilizes the latest technology to provide high-quality veterinary care for the community at affordable prices. Call 623-806-7575 to schedule an appointment.