What is a Polydactyly Skinny Pig?

What is a Polydactyly Skinny Pig?

What is a Polydactyly Skinny Pig?

We are wrapping up our Skinny pig foot care series with a rare and fascinating phenomenon - polydactyly. 


Polydactyly is a condition where an individual has more toes than the standard number. In skinny pigs, this means having more than the usual four toes on their hind feet or three on their front. Unlike issues stemming from environmental factors, polydactyly is all genetic. It’s a quirky twist of nature that makes your pet even more unique!

Identifying polydactyly is as simple as counting toes. The additional digits can vary in terms of development - some may be fully formed and functional, while others appear as small, nubby growths alongside the regular toes.

Caring for Extra Toes

Caring for a skinny pig with polydactyly doesn’t veer too far from the path of standard foot care, but there are a few extra steps to keep in mind:

  1. Nail Trimming: Those extra toes come with extra nails, which require regular trimming to prevent overgrowth and discomfort.
  1. Monitoring: Keep a close eye on the additional digits, especially if they don’t touch the ground. They can be more prone to injury or infection. 
  1. Consult with a Vet: It’s a good idea to have a vet examine any extra toes, particularly to determine if they might cause issues down the line. In rare cases, surgical removal may be recommended for the health and comfort of your skinny pig.

Embracing the Extraordinary

While polydactyly might sound concerning at first, it’s typically not a condition that adversely affects a skinny pig’s quality of life. With the right care and attention, these extra toes can simply be another endearing trait of your unique pet.

Preventive Measures? 

Since polydactyly is genetic, there aren’t preventive measures to take against it. The focus should instead be on ensuring that any extra digits are well-cared for and don’t lead to any health issues. A supportive and observant approach is your best tool here.

Here’s to celebrating the uniqueness of every skinny pig, extra toes and all!

Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!


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

Leave a comment

* Required fields

Please note: comments must be approved before they are published.