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  • Joined Oct 2022
Overweight pig
« on: November 18, 2022, 07:20:52 am »
Hi, we have a rescue pig who is rather overweight, the vet has said he needs to go on a diet.

Does anyone have a recommendation of what food to put him on?



  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Overweight pig
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2022, 08:53:26 am »

What breed is he? Do you know how old? And does he have company and live out? Any other health issues? What do you currently feed and how much?

Sorry for all the questions but it would be a help to answer your initial question.


  • Joined Oct 2022
Re: Overweight pig
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2022, 09:37:00 am »
Hi, hes a pot belly. We think hes about 3/4, he lives outside and we lost our other pig recently so hes now on his own.

Hes got no other ailments other than being overweight. The vet suggested to feed him on corn.


  • Joined Feb 2011
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Re: Overweight pig
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2022, 10:19:47 am »
Personally I'd feed a modest amount of a properly formulated feed, such as Allen & Page Smallholder Pot-bellied pig feed.  And a small amount of low calorie fresh veg (eg celery, not carrots or other root veg) as treats, for interest. 
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  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Overweight pig
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2022, 03:39:28 pm »
I would go with Sally's suggestion above. Not sure just what your vet means by corn but any straights would need minerals and vitamins adding. Also uncrushed will go straight through. Scatter the food about so he has to work for it and try to find him a friend.


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