Introducing New Foods to Your Skinny Pig - Do's and Don'ts!

Introducing New Foods to Your Skinny Pig - Do's and Don'ts!

Introducing New Foods to Your Skinny Pig - Do's and Don'ts!

Introducing new foods to your skinny pig is an important factor in providing them with the dietary diversity to stay healthy. But before we turn their feeding bowl into a Michelin-starred feast, there are some important do's and don'ts to consider.


Start Slow: 

Like introducing a toddler to broccoli, start with small quantities. Only introduce one new food at a time and remember to only give a tiny piece of a new vegetable at each meal to prevent digestive upsets. This is especially important if your skinny pig appears to really like the new food - too much, too fast and you’ll be the mayor of Pooptropolis!

Variety is the Spice of Life: 

Rotate new food offerings between fruits, vegetables, and herbs. This ensures a balanced intake of nutrients and keeps mealtime exciting for your skinny pig. Nobody likes to eat the same food at every mealtime. Getting your skinny pig used to eating a variety of healthy foods is necessary to ensure they are consuming a balanced diet.

Monitor and Observe: 

Keep an eye on your skinny pig for 24-48 hours after introducing a new food. Look for signs of any adverse reactions.

Research is Key: 

Not all foods are skinny pig-friendly. Ensure the new food is safe for them before offering it.

Fresh and Clean: 

Always opt for fresh, pesticide-free produce. A good wash can remove most of the chemicals, but organic is always best.


No Sudden Changes: 

Avoid overhauling their diet overnight. This can lead to digestive distress and a very unhappy pet. Any changes to their core diet should be undertaken slowly and carefully.

Avoid the Forbidden:

Certain foods are toxic to skinny pigs. Onions, garlic, and avocado are on the blacklist, so keep them out of reach. Check out our full list of foods to avoid HERE.

Junk Food is a No-No: 

While it might be tempting to share a bite of your cookie, sugary or processed foods can harm their health. Never give your skinny pig human foods to try - their system is not built to process dairy, meat and similar foods.

Quantity Control: 

Even with safe foods, moderation is key. Too much of a good thing can lead to obesity and other health issues. Fruit with high sugar content, like strawberries, should be offered sparingly as a treat. 

Ignoring the Signs: 

If your skinny pig isn’t interested in a new food, don’t force it. They know their tastes and will have preferences just like we do.

The Importance of Moderation

Now, why the emphasis on introducing new foods slowly? 

Skinny pigs have sensitive digestive systems, and sudden dietary changes can lead to gastrointestinal issues, from mild discomfort to more serious conditions. Introducing new foods one at a time not only makes it easier to spot any allergies or intolerances but also ensures a smooth dietary transition.

Signs That New Foods Don’t Sit Well

Despite our best efforts, sometimes a new food might not agree with our little potato. 

Here’s how to tell:

Loose Stool: A common first sign that a food might not be sitting well.

Lack of Appetite: If they’re turning their nose up at their favorite treats, something’s up.

Lethargy: Less hopping around? It might be time to reassess their recent dietary additions.

Skin Issues: Sometimes an allergic reaction to a food will cause a skin reaction, rash or flare up. 

If you notice any of these signs, or if your skinny pig is behaving out of the ordinary, it’s best to eliminate the new food and consult with a vet if symptoms persist. Always better safe than sorry!

Remember, every skinny pig is unique - it's all about discovering what tickles their taste buds while ensuring their nutritional needs are met. 

With these tips, you’re well on your way to becoming a gourmet chef in the eyes of your grateful skinny pig. 

Bon appétite

Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!


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


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