Can Pet Pigs Carry Transferable Diseases to Humans? [safety and Health 2022]


Pigs do not get sick easily. If they are allowed to maintain their health, they can live for 15-20 years! We believe that my mini pig is healthy as long as he eats, sleeps well, has a shiny brush and a functioning stool. In addition, since he is almost always happy, there is no reason to believe that there is any illness. 


It is not fun to write about possible killing. But it can, unfortunately, come to the point that you have to kill your pig. Do you know anything about how difficult it is to kill pigs by falling asleep?

Spray, you risk making this moment even worse. On several pages, I have read that they have tried to kill pigs with syringes without successful results. The doses have been extremely large and yet the pig has not fallen asleep. It sounds awful, but the best, fastest, and most pain-relieving (at least for the pig) is according to several websites to shoot the pig. If you end up in a situation that requires killing, consult properly with veterinarians, breeders, or others who have experience of what is the best way, to avoid aggravating your trauma!

Side effects of vaccinations

There are reports of a number of side effects that have occurred during vaccinations in piglets. Reactions such as swollen eyelids, collapse, cramps, vomiting, diarrhea may occur – keep your pig under supervision after vaccination. Fortunately, my mini pig did not get any of the above side effects when he received Ivomec.


This is a common disease in piglets. The reasons are many, including:

  • it is easy to eutrophy its pig because it always eats if given the opportunity
  • it is difficult to resist the pleading eyes
  • we humans are becoming increasingly overweight, our wrong relationship to food is passed on to our children and pets

Keep in mind that being overweight in piglets is as bad as in us humans, if not worse because they have such short legs. The spine and joints can take a lot of beating from the high stresses that a heavy overweight gives. Some mini-pigs put fat on the forehead, Vietnamese hanging pigs, which then hang down over the eyes, this naturally affects the pig’s vision. The heart can’t handle an oversized body either. Take care of your pig well! It craves food evenly, but you do it no favors to please it every time it wants food because it ultimately generates an overweight that can lead to severe ill-health! Know that a breeder in Norway feeds his pigs with a low GI (glycemic index) and it has proven to be very effective. Her pigs hold the weight and feel good.


Worm occurs in many of our pets, even in mini-pigs. This can be prevented by asking your veterinarian to inject “Ivomec” which also prevents scabies. If your friend lives outside or/and if he/she lives with other pigs, he/she should be dewormed several times a year. But if you have your pig living indoors as the only pet, you do not need to think about deworming according to the veterinarian I have contact with.

Foot-and-mouth disease

To prevent the spread of this nasty disease, the Swedish Board of Agriculture has decided not to give piglets animal products such as chicken, meat, sausages, etc. More information is available on the Swedish Board of Agriculture’s website!

Anesthesia / Local anesthesia

According to information, pigs must be sensitive to the anesthesia and there is a risk that they will not wake up again … Therefore, push for any intervention with local anesthesia instead if possible! The same source has informed me that castration can be used for castration. But if the boar is a maximum of 2 weeks old, you can castrate without anesthesia because its feeling is not fully developed. The same person says that if the pig screams, it is not due to pain but to cell fear, which they were born with.


The pigs get it from a bacterium found in the soil. It is common in pigs and is called rubella because they get typical red skin rashes. High fever can also be a symptom of this disease. You can vaccinate against it and if your pig gets it, it is easily treated with antibiotics.


Scabies is the itching and irritation of small, tiny animals (mites) in the skin. According to a report, they eat the brush from the inside, so the pig becomes very thin-haired. Another source says that the mites live under the skin and feed on the pig’s tissue and blood.

One or more of the following symptoms can show a pig with scabies

  • the skin becomes a little orange, especially behind the ears and on the inside of the legs
  • the ears secrete an awful lot of red / brown goat with a bad smell
  • the eyes tear and produce a similar red / brown goat
  • shakes its head a lot

3-8 weeks after the infection is obtained, a severe allergy can develop as a result of small, tiny red spots covering the skin. This often causes such itching that the pig itches from the bristles in patches. In addition, this itching can also cause bleeding sores. Another symptom is that you and your children get red and itchy arms after holding the pig. Getting scabies is quite common in mini-pigs, especially in those who live outside and with other pigs. 

The veterinarian can inject “Ivomec” for preventive purposes and is also used in the treatment to remove the obtained scabies. The incubation period for scabies is about 3 weeks, but it can take several months before any symptoms appear. It is important to give Ivomec on two occasions, at intervals of between 12-15 days because you have to kill any newly hatched mites. A friend of my mini pig’s had scabies when she came to her family. She was brown in the skin and it itched a lot on her – they had to take turns getting up and scratching her every three hours at night so that she would fall asleep again. 

The veterinarian injected Ivomec twice at 14-day intervals. In between, they bathed her with Dermocan and brushed off her scabs, after each bath, they lubricated her with baby oil. Keep in mind that scabies is very contagious!


When my mini pig got his abrasion in the armpit, I first thought it was scabies! It was light orange loose skin that made me discover it first. I did not understand at all where it was, I removed the loose skin and thought it looked pretty good underneath. But the next day there had been large wounds and scabs. I applied zinc ointment and it quickly got better. He tried to scratch with his hind hooves, but could not really reach, so I helped him remove the scabs as it healed. Then maybe I also have to admit that I am a real “pill”! After a few days, it was completely gone! I am writing about this to draw your attention to making sure that the buckles on the harness do not sit so badly that there are abrasions.


The disease is actually called “Post Weaning Multisystemic Wasting Syndrome”, PMWS. Affected pigs lose weight and the risk of death is high, although pigs affected by PMWS can recover. The disease has been called “swine AIDS” in the media, but cannot be compared to AIDS. The virus that has been associated with the disease belongs to a completely different group than the HIV virus. More about PMWS can be found on the Swedish Animal Health Service’s website


Some pigs have deep pores, dirt easily accumulates in them which can later become pimples. They look like big boils. My mini pig got one on his cheek, I squeezed out the item and then I put on zinc ointment to protect against further infection and also get out what I did not manage to squeeze out. It turned out great, after a while nothing is visible. Every time I cuddle with my mini pig in our bed on the weekends, I “go through” his skin in exposed places. Then I often find some big blackhead that I can take, especially in the summer when he is out a lot. This certainly prevents abscesses.

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