Keeping Your Skinny Pigs Cool In Summer!

Keeping Your Skinny Pigs Cool In Summer!

Keeping Your Skinny Pigs Cool In Summer!

With summer rolling in hot and fast, we need to talk about how to keep our mini hippos cool and comfy. Just like us, our skinny pigs struggle with the sweltering heat. But, unlike us, they can't crank up the AC or take a refreshing dive into the sea to cool off. It's up to us to make sure their environment is at a comfortable temperature all summer long.

Why Temperature Regulation is a Big Deal

Without fur, skinny pigs are more vulnerable to temperature extremes. In the wild, animals adapt to the heat in various ways, but since skinny pigs were bred in a lab, they do not have these adaptive abilities and rely on us to create a safe environment. Keeping your skinny pig cool is not just about comfort - overheating can be extremely dangerous and can lead to heatstroke, a condition that can be fatal if not promptly addressed.

How to Keep Your Skinny Pigs “Chilled Out” 

Here are the best ways to keep your skinny pig cool during the hot months:

  • Climate-Controlled Room: 

Ideally, keep your skinny pigs in a room where you can control the temperature. A steady 75°F (24°C) is perfect. If you don't have AC, positioning a fan near their cage (but not blowing directly on them) can help keep the air moving.

  • Chill-Out Spots: 

Create cool retreats within their enclosure. Ceramic tiles or flat, smooth stones placed in their cage can be a cool spot for them to lay on. 

  • Stay Hydrated: 

Ensure they have constant access to fresh, cool water. Consider adding a second water bottle during summer months and check it frequently to ensure it’s full. You can also offer water-rich veggies like cucumber to help with hydration.

  • Mist and Bathe: 

A gentle mist with a spray bottle can help keep your skinny pig cool. Just ensure the water is room temperature – not cold. For some skinny pigs, a shallow lukewarm bath can also be refreshing. Observe how your pet responds to ensure they're comfortable and not stressed.

  • Shade and Shelter: 

If your skinny pigs spend any time outside, always provide ample shade. Never ever put your skinny pig in direct sunlight for more than a few minutes - their delicate, sensitive skin will burn too easily. Never leave them outside unattended, and limit outdoor time during peak heat hours.

  • Frozen Treats: 

Freeze small pieces of fruit for a cool snack. Remember, these should be given in moderation to avoid digestive issues.

  • Ventilation: 

Ensure their living area is well-ventilated. A stuffy room can rapidly increase in temperature, especially in summer. You can also get a pet fan, just ensure it doesn't blow directly on your skinny pig.

  • Regular Check-Ups: 

Check regularly for signs of heatstroke, including lethargy, heavy breathing, lying limply, panting, or refusal to eat.

  • Limit Exercise: 

During the hottest parts of the day, limit their exercise. Like us, running around in the heat can quickly lead to overheating. Early morning or late evening is the best time for play when it's cooler.

By following these tips, you can ensure your pet stays comfortable, healthy, and happy, even on the hottest days. 

Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!


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

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