Common Eye Problems for Skinny Pigs!

Common Eye Problems for Skinny Pigs!

Common Eye Problems for Skinny Pigs!

Not having protective fur, means that skinny pigs have some unique needs - eye health being one of them. There are a number of eye problems that skinny pigs are prone to and knowing what they are is an important part of their care.

Common Issues

Here are some of the most common eye issues that plague our skinny’s:

Conjunctivitis: Also known as pink eye, this is as common in Skinny pigs as it is in humans. It's the inflammation of the tissue covering the eye, leading to redness, swelling, and sometimes a discharge.

Cataracts: Yes, our little friends can develop cataracts too, leading to cloudy spots on their eyes that can impair vision.

Corneal Ulcers: These are essentially scratches on the eye's surface, which can be painful and, if untreated, can lead to more serious issues.

Hay Poke: This is when a small piece of hay is lodged in the eye. Usually, the hay can be easily removed without lasting consequences. However, in severe cases where a sharp piece of hay has penetrated the eye, it can result in permanent damage.


Bacterial Infections: The leading cause of conjunctivitis - these infections can come from dirty bedding or even the hands of well-meaning humans.

Genetics: Just like us, skinny pigs can inherit a predisposition to certain conditions, like cataracts.

Injury: Often the result of an adventurous skinny pig taking a misstep during playtime or scratching their eye on something a bit too rough.


Here’s how to protect your piggy’s precious peepers:

Cleanliness is Key: Regularly cleaning your skinny pig's living area and being mindful of hand hygiene can prevent bacterial infections.

Veterinary Visits: At the first sign of trouble (think redness, squinting, or discharge), it's time to visit the vet. They can prescribe antibiotics for infections or advise on the best course of action for more serious conditions.

Safe Spaces: Ensure your skinny pig's play area is free from sharp objects and hazards that could lead to injuries.

RenewedPet Eye Health Kit: Having some eyewash and eye drops on hand at all times is a great idea. Our eyewash is the perfect product to use daily to keep any bacteria, viruses, or other germs out of the eye. The eye drops should be used at the first sign of redness, discharge, swelling, weeping, or crusty residue. 


While treating eye problems is crucial, preventing them is even better. Here are a few tips to keep your skinny pig's eyes as healthy as can be:

Regular Check-Ups: Just like you, your skinny pig benefits from regular health checks, including eye exams.

A Balanced Diet: A diet rich in Vitamin C can bolster your skinny pig's immune system, helping ward off infections before they start.

Mindful Handling: Always wash your hands before handling your skinny pig, and be gentle to avoid accidental scratches or injuries if you have long nails.

ReNewedPet Eyewash: Using our eyewash daily, will stop any bacterial, viral, or fungal infections from starting by keeping those beautiful eyes clean, clear, and germ-free!

Keeping an eye out (pun intended) for potential health issues, especially those affecting their vision, is an important part of caring for your pet. By staying informed, vigilant, and proactive in their care, you can ensure your skinny pig leads a happy, healthy life.

Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!


April Arguin A.S., C.P.N., M.P.H

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