Pet Talk - Pigs as pets

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - This week on Pet Talk we're talking about pigs and what pet owners needed to know before getting one!

The critters have gained much attention in recent years as more and more people adopt them as pets. Monday, Evelyn Mackay, a resident veterinarian in large animal internal medicine at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, gave advice for people who may be thinking about bringing a pet pig into the family.

"They can be like dogs, they can be leash trained, they can be house trained, they can learn tricks and twirl, all kinds of things," Mackey said. "They're very vocal when they are not pleased with things so behavior can be a little different than our normal pet species but they can still be amazing pets."

Lately, social media has featured many so-called teacup pigs but Mackey says when it comes to "teacup" labels, everything is relative. Traditional farm-raised pigs are 600-700 pounds and teacup pigs will usually reach about 60-80 pounds when fully developed.

Mackey says people who are interested in adopting a pet pig should think of it like adopting a similarly sized dog and should make sure the pet has plenty of room inside and space to play outside.

More information can be found at the TAMU Vet School website.