It is important to always have a veterinarian that is familiar with Pot Belly Pigs. You want to ask them if they regularly treat Pot Belly Pigs or just occasionally. Ask if they have had any special training in Pot Belly Pigs. Ask their belief in sedating a pig for minor items (hoof trimming, tusk cutting, etc.).
Our Pot Belly Pigs are not the same as cats and dogs. Usually a good farm vet is a good choice for your pet. You also want to consider if you will use a mobile vet (which most farm vets are) or if you will use a vet who has an office. Many people with large Pot Belly Pigs will need a vet who comes to them. Also ask their fee.
Usually a mobile vet will have an initial charge to come to your home and then depending on what they do there will be additional charges. We have found that these charges can very greatly among vets so be sure to check. The most important thing to find out is are they available in case of an emergency and if not is the person on call familiar with Pot Belly Pigs. Having a good vet for your pet Pot Belly can mean the difference between life and death in the event of an emergency.
Since Pot Belly Pigs that get their yearly shots are seldom sick, an emergency for your pet is normally things like a dog attacking it, eating something it should not have, getting hit by a car, etc.
A final note on sedating - many hospitals require the pig be sedated due to the noise factor and the very confined environment in which the animal must be worked on. Discuss the pros and cons of sedating with the vet BEFORE arriving for the appointment.
The vets we have listed are ones owners of Pot Belly Pigs tell us they have used. We are in no way suggesting their expertise concerning pigs and we ask that you check this out yourself. This is just a list of vets others are using and gives you something to start with. If you have a vet that deals with Pot Belly Pigs that is not listed here please let us know so we can add them to the list. If you find any errors please let us know so we can correct them.
If using a Mobile Vet the best way to keep costs down is to have the vet who comes out also do other things such as your other pets yearly shots, give yearly shots to your neighbor's pets, etc. When done this way it becomes very inexpensive as most times the main cost is the initial cost to make the trip.
Dr. Chris Cauble (818) 242-5576
820 Thompson Avenue #2
Glendale, CA 91201
Dr. Brad Brunskill (310) 377-5548
Center Animal Hospital
897 Silver Spur Road
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Dr. David Lebovic (909) 464-4563
9790 19th St.
Alta Loma, CA 91737
Dr. Ron Vered (909) 369-3309
We are told he works with many shows Pot Belly Pigs in his area.
Dr. Ron Lenhert (760) 247-4226
Apple Valley Equine Clinic
10083 Deep Creek Road
Apple Valley, CA
American Veterinary Hospital (805) 581-9111 2109 Tapo Street #3
Simi Valley, CA 93063
Conejos Veterinary Clinic (818) 889-1415 1850 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362