How To Care For Your Skinny Pig's Ears!

How To Care For Your Skinny Pig's Ears!

How To Care For Your Skinny Pig's Ears!

Skinny pigs are not just unique in their appearance but also in their care needs, especially their ears. Unlike their furry cousins, skinny pigs lack the hair that offers some protection against environmental factors. This makes them somewhat more vulnerable to a variety of ear issues.

Common Ear Problems in Skinny Pigs

  • Wax Buildup: Just like in humans, earwax is a common issue. In skinny pigs, excessive wax can accumulate due to their lack of hair, trapping dirt and leading to potential infections.
  • Fungal Infections: These infections are sneaky and can cause a lot of discomfort. Look out for signs like excessive scratching, redness, or a musty smell.
  • Bacterial Infections: If your skinny pig’s ear looks swollen, red, or oozes pus, bacteria might have taken up residence.
  • Parasites: Mites and lice can also affect the ears, leading to itching and inflammation.

Causes of Ear Issues

The causes vary from environmental factors to diet and hygiene. For skinny pigs, the lack of ear hair can allow more debris and pathogens to enter the ear canal. Stress and a weakened immune system can also contribute to ear health problems.

Treating Ear Problems

  • Regular Cleaning: Use a damp organic reusable cotton pad to gently wipe the outer ear. Never insert anything into the ear canal. Ear cleaning should be regular to prevent any yucky build-up. Aim to do this at least once a week.
  • RenewedPet Ear Care Kit: The RenewedPet Ear Care Kit is a must-have for all skinny pig parents. It includes our all-natural ear cleaning solution, reusable cotton pads, and a handy ear cap to put on after inserting the drops to stop your skinny pig spraying the solution all over the place if they shake their heads. Our ear drops are not only effective in breaking down waxy build-up, but with regular use, they prevent it from returning unlike conventional products. And the best part - they are 100% natural and safe to use weekly in your skinny pig’s ears.
  • Medicated Drops: If there’s an infection, your vet will likely prescribe medicated drops that target either fungal or bacterial infections.
  • Veterinary Visits: At the first sign of discomfort or unusual behavior, a vet visit is crucial. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent more severe issues.

Preventative Measures

Prevention is always better than cure. Here’s how you can keep those ears in tip-top shape:

  • Keep the Living Area Clean: This reduces the chance of any pathogens entering your skinny pig’s ears. Regular spot cleans and a weekly deep clean are essential aspects of skinny pig care.
  • Balanced Diet: A good diet boosts your skinny pig's immune system, making them less susceptible to infections. Be sure to have unlimited high-quality hay, a daily Vitamin C treat and good quality pellets. Boost your skinny pig’s nutrient intake with a wide and varied variety of fresh vegetables daily.
  • Stress Management: Keep their environment calm and enriching to avoid stress-related health issues.
  • Regular Health Checks: Include ear exams in your regular health checks to catch any issues early.

Best Practices for Ear Care

  • Gentle Handling: When cleaning or administering medicine, be gentle to avoid causing discomfort or injury.
  • Observe Regularly: Make it a habit to check your skinny pig’s ears regularly for any signs of dirt, wax buildup, or unusual symptoms.
  • Consult the Experts: Regular vet visits are a must. An expert can offer tailored advice and catch issues you might miss.

Additional Tips

  • Hydration and Humidity: Keep your skinny pig properly hydrated with clean, fresh water available at all times. Also, maintaining an appropriate humidity level in their environment can help prevent skin and ear problems. It’s a good idea to get a thermometer that also measures humidity in your skinny pig’s living area so you know at a glance if it needs to be adjusted. We like this one.
  • Education is Key: Learn as much as you can about your skinny pig’s health needs. Knowledge empowers you to provide the best care.

Ear care might seem like a small part of taking care of your skinny pig, but it has a big impact on their overall health and happiness. Regular maintenance and early intervention can prevent most of the common ear issues, ensuring your little friend lives a comfortable, happy life. Remember, a little effort goes a long way in keeping those tiny ears healthy!

Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!


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


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