Watch Out For Heat Stroke In Your Skinny Pigs!

Watch Out For Heat Stroke In Your Skinny Pigs!

Watch Out For Heat Stroke In Your Skinny Pigs!

Being able to recognize the signs of heatstroke and act quickly can be the difference between a minor hiccup and a serious health emergency. 

Skinny pigs are sensitive to extreme temperatures, especially the heat. Without the insulation of fur, they struggle to regulate their body temperature, making them more prone to overheating during the summer months or in hot and humid climates.


Keep an eye out for the following signs:


If your usually energetic ball of skin is more sluggish than usual, it's a red flag.

Heavy breathing or panting: 

Skinny pigs don't pant like dogs, but they might breathe with their mouths open. If you notice their chest rising and falling really fast, pay attention as that is a sign of being too hot. You may also notice their nostrils flaring as they breathe.

Refusal to eat or drink: 

A decreased appetite can be a sign of discomfort or distress.

Splayed legs: 

Lying flat and spread out more than usual could indicate an attempt to cool down. Also lying limply is also a red flag.

Excessive Salivation:

If you notice your skinny pig drooling it may be a sign that they are too hot.

Increased heart rate: 

A rapid heartbeat can be a sign of stress from overheating. You may feel their heart pumping fast if you pick them up.

What to Do if You Suspect Heatstroke

If you spot any of these signs, immediate action is needed. Here's how to gently help your skinny pig cool down:

Move to a cooler area: 

Find the coolest spot in your house and move your skinny pig there - do not leave them unattended until you are certain they have recovered.

Provide cool (not cold) water: 

Offer water to drink and gently dab lukewarm water on their ears to help lower their body temperature. Avoid cold water, as it can shock their system. Applying cool water to the pads of their feet is extremely effective as well.

Create a breeze: 

A gentle fan can help, but ensure it's not directly blasting at your skinny pig to prevent respiratory issues.

Monitor closely: 

After taking these steps, keep a watchful eye on your pet. If their condition doesn't improve quickly, it's vet time.

Heatstroke is no joke. It can lead to serious health complications, including dehydration, shock, seizures, coma, organ failure and death. The delicate balance of a skinny pig's body temperature relies on our awareness and quick action. Prevention is key, so always ensure they have a cool, comfortable environment, especially during those sweltering summer months.

Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!


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


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