It's Superbowl Sunday and you have a big party planned. Have you had any thoughts about your pigs safety? It's ok, now you can read some tips to make sure your pig stays safe.
The food served at Superbowl parties can be beautiful to look at. Keep in mind, your pig also finds the food to be aesthetically pleasing and will likely want to sample every single piece. If given the opportunity, they'll likely eat until they vomit. While some of these foods may not be toxic to them (leaving room for some that may be) human food, with the exception of veggies and some fruit, isn't appropriate to feed a pig. They do not have the metabolism to burn off calories for food like this. An overweight future for your pig isn't something to be desired. (Trust me, my own pig has been battling obesity for some time now, it's not easy for them to lose weight.)
While a bowl of unshelled nuts can make a lovely centerpiece for a football party, please keep in mind that if your pig is able to get a hold of this bowl of nuts, your pig will likely try to eat them. Unshelled nuts (with the exception of peanuts) can kill your pig. When they chew these shells, bits and pieces of the shell scrapes and cuts the mouth, esophagus and everything in between until it reaches the colon. Often times, animals survive a day or so before passing on due to internal bleeding. It isn't worth the risk. Make sure your guests know how important it is to keep any shells up off the floor and appropriately contained where your pig cant get them. Remember, your pig can easily knock over a trashcan and grab them from there is your pig has access to the trashcan. Practice safety!! Use a tupperware container for shells until you're ready to take your trash bag out to your outside trashcan or whatever waste management system you have in place.
As much as I would love to go to a party that had drink like this, it is not a place i would want my pig to be. We do not endorse giving pigs alcohol. Pigs can be mean drunks too, so remember this as you're picking up 1/2 empty glasses, your pig may be looking for something to drink as well and one of these drinks will taste good to your pig (most likely). Pigs can get alcohol poisoning, so don't risk your pigs health by allowing your pig to drink any alcoholic beverages.
Aluminum cans may still have a hint of fluid in them making your pig tempted to want to consume whatever is in that can. Since pigs aren't able to hold a can and tip it appropriately to get any fluids out, they tend to chew on them in order to get access to the contents. While they may not swallow the metal (and some of them have) the damage that can be done to the mouth and tongue should be enough to make you create a place where people can safely dispose of their cans.
Be mindful that your pig will likely be scared if people are loud and screaming when their team misses a field goal. Perhaps working with your pig to sleep in a room away from the crowd on Superbowl Sunday may be best? You know your pig better than anyone else, so just know that most pigs scare easily. Dippity pig is a big concern with pigs in stressful situations. If your pig has ever had dippity, you know how it presents and how scary this can be for owners. Luckily it is a temporary condition and will resolve within 48-72 hours, but nonetheless, no one wants this to happen to their pig.
Your pig doesn't want to miss out on any fun, so be sure you know where your pigs are at all times. Keep your door shut and be sure your guests know to make sure the door is shut behind the when coming and going. Following these simple tips will help you have the best Superbowl Sunday ever!!
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