Thanks Shayna for spotting this thread for me.
Hi Em, Congrats to you and your new piggys !! I have three piggys also and just got them this fall. The first one I got is a male and is 1 yr old. I went to buy runner ducks from someone down near Appleton and came home with ducks and a pig.
Found my other two, brother and sister, on CL. They were only 8-9 weeks old but not socialized !!
I found a vet to neuter the 1 yr old male and the 9 wk old male, down in Almond WI, oh forgot to mention that. I'm in WI too !!
She charged $75 for the 1 yr old and was suppose to charge $35 for the baby but ended up paying a total of $150 for both because she said she had to do internal sutures !!! Dah, that is why I asked her when I called if she knows that pots need the inner ring closed. Anyway, they healed up quick. She is a farm vet and didn't give any pain killers. Poor boys.
I just had my little girl spayed at a vet clinic in Rhinelander. The cost was $164 and included 4 days of pain meds. The price goes up if they are 12 weeks and older.
If you need a Pot spayed or neutered the NAPPA (North American Pot Belly Pig Association) will give you a voucher for $30. One voucher per year. They sent it directly to the vets office.
My little girl did fine and you would never know she was spayed.
During my searches for a vet I also found that there are very few vets that do it.
UW Madison Veterinary Clinic will neuter a young male starting at $25 and up. The female spay starts at $250 and they only take out the ovaries. Not sure if that is good or not. I've heard females are prone to uterine tumors but the UW vet said they are usually hormone related. Don't know why the UW charges that much especially since it is easier to just remove the ovaries then a total spay.
Anyway, my 1 yr old lives in a garage that is under our deck and has a door into our basement. We had a few chickens in it so we had made swinging doors on it with heavy duty wire so we could open it up and get fresh air and light without letting them out. It works perfect for Porky. He has a plastic vari kennel that he sleeps in (with door removed) We put hay and straw in it but he decided he liked the plastic woven chicken feed bags and brings them in there and snuggles with them !! LOL
The two little black and white were in a pen with a dish pan for a litter box in our living room until yesterday when she got home from her spay. I took bird cage panels and caged off a section of the living room that had vinyl floor in the foyer so they have more room. I put some doggy pee pads down and they are potting on them. Boy do they poop a lot !!
They will be going outside in the spring when it warms up. We have a little red building that we bought that was suppose to be another chicken coop but I decided it will be a nice Piggy house. It is tall enough to walk in and I can hand a heat lamp up high enough if need be !!! We need to put up some fence too. Porky has already decided on the nice warm days that we had to go for a walk down the road !!! We live in the boonies but the neighbors have bear dogs that they told me are trained to run pigs too. He said he had them down in FL and hunted pigs with them. He said pigs smell a lot like bears !!
So once I heard that Porky does not free range as much. Only when we are outside with him but the snow is way to deep now anyway so he wouldn't go far !! LOL
Have fun with your piggys, they are awesome !!
Does your dirty piggy scratch herself a lot? If so she mite have mange mites. Both of my babies came with mange mites. You can give the Ivermectin Injectable to them orally. The does is double of what you would use if you injected it. I've given it to all three of my pigs once a week for the last three weeks. Will do for another 2-3 weeks to make sure they got rid of all of them. I almost thought I was going to have to cancel the spay because two days before she went I gave the ivermectin and she was scratching like mad. I guess they really itch when the mites are dying. TG it didn't last long and she was able to get spayed.
Sorry this is so long, I could talk pigs and chickens all day long too !!! Oh wait..... I do !!! LOL