Fondly called our "Piggy Spa Days", our team offers routine feet and tusk trims for your piggy companion. Pigs should be maintained on a 6 month trimming schedule in order to avoid adding stress to their feet and joints. Most of our Spa Days are done without sedation but we do offer light sedation if indicated. We have the tools and experience necessary to keep your pig's feet and tusks at appropriate lengths for their well being and happiness, as well as yours!
We take pain management very seriously and our pig castrations are practiced with gold standard medicine. At AZMVP, we have a mobile surgery trailer that we will haul to you that serves as our surgery suite. Your animal will receive a physical exam and light sedation before being placed under gas anesthesia for their procedure. Once under, the surgical site will be locally blocked and we also provide the necessary tetanus vaccine and antibiotics. Pain medications will be given during the appointment and will be sent home as well in order to keep your pig comfortable while he heals.
We take pain management very seriously and our pig spays (ovariohystectomy or OHE) are practiced with gold standard medicine. At AZMVP, we have a mobile surgery trailer that we will haul to you that serves as our surgery suite. Your animal will receive a physical exam and light sedation before being placed under gas anesthesia for their procedure. Once under, the surgical site will be locally blocked and we also provide the necessary tetanus vaccine and antibiotics. Our team uses electrocautery during the procedure in order to reduce blood loss and make the procedure as quick and safe as possible. The entire reproductive tract will be removed including the uterus and the ovaries. Pain medications will be given during the appointment and will be sent home as well in order to keep your pig comfortable while she heals.
Hernias are not uncommon in our pet pigs, especially our show hogs, and we offer this surgery in the field. We will give an injectable pain medication beforehand to provide pain management during and shortly following surgery. The animal is then sedated, the area around the hernia is locally blocked, and the hernia is surgically corrected. We provide a tetanus vaccine as well as post-op antibiotics and pain medications to keep your pig safe and comfortable.
Entropion surgery is used to correct a very painful condition where the eyelids turn in on themselves and cause irritation to the eyes. It is commonly seen in pigs that are overweight as their fat rolls on the face will begin causing entropion over time. Using our mobile surgery trailer, we will perform a physical exam and lightly sedate your animal before placing them under gas anesthesia for this surgery. Once under, our doctors will be able to assess the eye and how best to surgically correct them. The surgical area will be locally blocked to help provide additional pain management. Your pig will receive the necessary tetanus vaccine, antibiotics, and pain medications to keep them comfortable during and after surgery. Follow up appointments may be scheduled to monitor healing progress.
A C-section is required when your sow is not able to deliver her babies naturally and is usually done in an emergency situation. Because of this, we take C-sections very seriously and provide multimodal pain management during and after the procedure to keep your pig calm and comfortable. The sow will be sedated for the procedure and once she is in an adequate plane of anesthesia, the surgical site will be locally blocked. The necessary tetanus vaccine, antibiotics, fluids, and pain medications will be administered to ensure a smooth recovery for mom and her babies.
As pet pigs continue to grow in popularity, so too do their common complains, such as chronic pain management. At AZMVP, we are familiar with the common piggy pain issues such as arthritis, allergies, gastric ulcers, and more. We offer complete diagnostics such as bloodwork and diagnostic imaging and can provide multimodal treatment plans to take care of the whole animal. Treatment options include pain medications, acupuncture, physical therapy, cryotherapy, and more. Our team will create a custom pain management plan that is tailored to your pig in order to keep your animal as comfortable and happy as possible.
Our doctors will approach your pig's lameness systematically. We offer ultrasound and radiograph imaging if they are indicated and will provide multimodal pain management plans to keep your animal comfortable while they heal.
When your normally happy and food loving pig stops eating, that is one of the most common signs of a sick piggy. If your pig is not eating, acting not themselves, is experiencing vomiting or diarrhea, or you have questions regarding their health, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment. Our team will assess your animal, walk through common piggy problems and discuss diagnostic and treatment plans that fit best for you and your family.
Farrowing is the term for when pigs give birth! However not every sow reads the book and sometimes things don't go according to plan. Talking to our veterinarians to discuss farrowing plans and what to do in an emergency will help better prepare you and your pig for when the big day comes. Our doctors are also available to help assist in farrowing and will provide gold standard care for your pig and her babies.
Are you new to pigs and are looking for more information about them? Or do you have a pot belly that you just can't seem to get the weight off of. No matter your experience level with pigs, we are here to help you with their general health and well-being. It is recommended to have your pig see the vet at least once a year, just like your dog or cat! Our doctors provide a complete physical exam and consultation for your animal. A typical wellness visit allows plenty of time to discuss nutrition, husbandry, and answer any additional questions specific to your animal’s needs.
Every animal’s immunization needs are different. We will tailor vaccinations to your animal’s needs based on age, history and environment.