Mini Pig Teeth Grinding

Oscar has started grinding his teeth. During our first few weeks with Oscar, he would grind his teeth occasionally but just enough to be cute. Now that he’s a little older, he grinds his teeth frequently throughout the day.

If you’ve never heard a mini pig grind his teeth, here is a video of Oscar doing his daily teeth grinding. It’s not the most pleasant sound, but hopefully this is helpful if you’re considering getting a mini pig and want to know what it sounds like.

Mini pigs grind their teeth for several reasons, including pain, stress, anxiety, and even contentment. Also, mini pigs get three sets of teeth throughout their lives, so teething and thus teeth grinding is common and normal for them.

I expected the mini pig teeth grinding sound would really annoy me, but it doesn’t yet. I notice it and would prefer he not grind his teeth, but it’s mainly just background noise at this point. It’s possible he is grinding his teeth because they hurt, but he seems to grind them mainly for contentment. He grinds his teeth mostly when he’s cuddling or napping, so it actually makes me a little happy when I hear the grinding sound because I know I have a comfy, content little pig.




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16 thoughts on “Mini Pig Teeth Grinding”

  1. i have a four month old female, named bean. she has been so sweet so far. i did my home work before i got her, but nothing prepared me for owning a pig. your blog has been a huge help. i look forward to learning more. thank you for all your information.

    1. Hi Collette! Bean…what a cute name! I completely understand your comment about doing your homework but nothing really preparing you, as I can 100% relate. Owning a pig is definitely a learning process! Thanks for letting me know the blog has been helpful!

  2. How long do mini pigs cut teeth? It’s all the sudden seems like our dixie has gotten grouchy when we pet her jaw and ear?? She us 6 months old. She does a lot of teeth grinding. We have only her 2 weeks. Also, are there any good teething toys?

    1. Hi Crystie! Unfortunately, in our experience, they seem to cut teeth for a long time. Oscar has been teething off and on for at least 6 months to a year. We have also had trouble with Oscar not liking to be touched by his jaw. More specifically, he hates being touched on the right side of his face. I have no idea why that place is the issue, but we’ve had him checked by a vet and tried all kinds of behavioral changes to “fix” the issue with no luck. Honestly, it’s one of those things we’ve kind of just accepted at this point and try not to touch him there. One thing I’ve found to be helpful is I try to always put my hand to his snout before putting it anywhere else on him. This lets him know it’s me and I think is a more secure way for him to be approached. I know that’s not teething related, but it’s something you might try. As for teething toys, we bought an infant teething toy (not the water/gel kind) for just a few dollars and then I put a thin layer of peanut butter on it and he chomps away. Watch your fingers if you hold it (we’ve had a few really close calls!), but that is helpful for Oscar even if short term. Others like to feed ice (I’m a little afraid of him choking on ice) or you could try frozen fruit (Oscar likes blueberries) or even coconut oil treats which I’ll link to below. I’ll also link to our toys for mini pigs page because you might have some luck with freezing a Kong with some peanut butter or something similar inside.

      Teething can unfortunately feel like it lasts for a looooong time, but hopefully something in there will help!

      http://lifewithaminipig.com/coconut-oil-treats-mini-pig-dry-skin/
      http://lifewithaminipig.com/toys-for-mini-pigs/

      1. When grazing outside, there are several plants they like, but the fibers in the plant irritate their mouths and can cause them to be agitated and aggressive when touching those areas. We discovered this when we took our Tank on vacation.

  3. I have a baby pig named Hope. She is very sweet so far. She’s a potbelly so she is going to get very fat. I dint know they were so smart. She’s already potty trained!!

    1. Hi Gianna! Congrats on getting Hope! Glad things are going well so far, and you’re right that they are super smart. Sometimes a little too smart! 🙂

  4. Hello- Im a new mommy to my piglet Olivia and just love her so much. I however do have a concern and keeping fingers gers crossed that you can help me. I have had my pig for 4 days now adlnd she will not eat! I have tried honey on her gums, soaking her food in warm water, adding milk replacer on top and evenjoy just mixing the milk with warm water and still Nothing. She drinks water and goes to the bathroom just fine just won’t eat. I took her to the vet yesterday and the looked her over and said she looked fine. They gave her a shot of antibiotics just in case. I have read that if a pig has no desire to eat then they are probably sicky. I was told to try pumpkin whicheck I’ll get today. I’m feeling lost and worried. I hope you can help. Thank you

    1. Hi Farrah! Hopefully Olivia is eating by now. Oscar ate from day one with us, but your experience is not too uncommon. I think sometimes piglets are a little scared at first in their new homes, so they need to adjust for a few days before wanting to eat. Normally, as you found out from your research, a pig not eating is a bad sign, but it can happen in the beginning where they won’t eat for a few days while they adjust. I’m glad you took her to the vet just in case because that’s what I would have recommended. I hope she’s eating now and you aren’t left still feeling worried. If she still isn’t eating, I would definitely take her back to the vet, but I really hope she’s okay and starting to adjust to home. It sounds like Olivia has a great home with a loving mom!

      1. You will think I’m crazy, but our Tank did the same thing.
        Try just an off brand toasted o’s cereal. That is all ours liked.

    1. Hi Lisa! Oscar was neutered when he came home to us, so I haven’t actually been through that process. What I would do is contact an experienced veterinarian to help get answers to your questions about getting her spayed. Don’t be afraid to ask the vet questions like how many pigs have they spayed/neutered and other similar questions so that you feel comfortable before having the procedure done. If you’re still looking for other owners who have been through the process and can help, I recommend going to the “Mini Pig Education” group on Facebook because there are tons of helpful, experienced owners on there. Hope that helps! 🙂

  5. Thanks for posting this information. I have a 5 month old pig. I’ve had him now for a little over a month. He recently started grinding his teeth and it’s usually when he is laying in his bed with all his blankets and toys. I’m taking this as a sign of contentment. Initially I was worried that something was wrong. Although I did quite a bit of research before adding a piglet to the family, I’m still learning every day. Thanks again.

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