Mini Pigs Foam at the Mouth

The first time Oscar foamed at the mouth, I panicked. Animals aren’t supposed to foam at the mouth, right? Did he have rabies? As it turns out, it’s perfectly normal for mini pigs to foam at the mouth.

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Oscar foaming at the mouth.

Mini pigs foam at the mouth in anticipation of food. The main times Oscar foams are 9 am and 5 pm when he’s decided it’s time for him to be fed. Oscar also foams at the mouth when he gets a treat, wants a treat, or thinks he should get a treat. For Oscar, this means he foams at the mouth frequently throughout the day.

It’s useful to remember that guests in your home aren’t used to the mouth foaming and might benefit from an explanation. When Oscar was 8 weeks old, an air conditioner repairman came to our home. It took the man a minute to recover from the surprise of seeing a miniature pig in a play pen, and that was only made worse by the fact that Oscar was staring back at him with foam hanging out the sides of his mouth. Once I realized what was going on and reassured the man┬áthat I had a hungry mini pig rather than a rabid one, he seemed to relax. Now that I’m prepared for the situation, I hope to be more eloquent than “He doesn’t have rabies. Promise.”

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3 thoughts on “Mini Pigs Foam at the Mouth”

  1. Thank you so much for this website. I look at it often. I am a new mini owner and I refer to your site often. You are in a way helping me raise my Pamela Hamderson. Thank you so much again.

    Jaeson

    1. Hi Jaeson! Thank you so much for your kind comment and for letting me know the blog has been helpful. I really appreciate it!

  2. My Ellie Mae foams every time she see me and only me for I guess she knows a treat is on her way . Sometimes when she smells a better treat she foams uncontrollable ! Thank you for letting me know why she foams at the mouth
    Jim winters

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