To Vaccinate, or Not?

To Vaccinate or not?  The great debate.


First you need to check with your local vet to see if it is required.  Some states require vaccines, some states do not.  About half of the vets do require vaccines.


The vaccines are made for farm pigs, there are none made specifically for mini pigs or PBP.


A pigs immune system is pretty strong on its own.

If you must vaccinate, the possible combos are as follows:

  • Erysipelas & Tetanus
  • Erysipelas, Tetanus & Leptospirosis
  • Erysipelas, Tetanus, Leptospirosis & Actinobacillus Pleuropneumoniae

Vaccines should be given around 4 weeks old with a second at 3-4 weeks after that.   Then a yearly booster vaccination is given.


Rabies vaccine may be needed if your pig is going to be around people.  In most areas, should your pig bite someone they can legally take your pig and euthanize him/her to check the brain for rabies.  Better safe than sorry if your planning on traveling with your pig or exposing your pig to people.



Ivomectin (Ivomec) should be given every 6 months, with a repeat dose in 2 weeks.  Dosage is 1cc per 50 lbs.  You can simply pour it over his/her food.


If your pig doesn't have worms he will just excrete the excess Ivomec. If he does have them you will see them in his stool!


Flea and Tick Control

Cathy Z has approved the use of Frontline or Advantage Plus if needed.  Please watch the weights when selecting the correct packaging.

Reprinted with permission. ©Anita Jacobson, Just Mini Pigs FB Group

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