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.
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 that 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.”